- Hang the upper cabinets
We always find it easy to start with the upper cabinets because it gives you enough space to move on the floor as you fix them. There’s space for your ladder too. If you are doing it alone, then you need a ledger to help hold the cabinets in place as you fix the screws. Use a stud finder to trace the studs in the wall.
Mark the stud locations using your pencil. Start hanging the cabinets from the corner as you move in the center. Ensure the top edge of the back panel lies on the horizontal line you drew. Once you perfectly fix the first cabinet, the rest will be easy for you.
Hang the second cabinet next to the first. Ensure its frame is aligned against the first, clamp them together, and screw the cabinet to the wall. Use the level to check if the two cabinets are in flush. Put shim between the wall and the back panels of the cabinets if the faces are not in plumb. Fix the next cabinet, if there is, following the same procedure.
- Install lower cabinets
Once you are done with the upper cabinets, fix the lower ones. Mark the studs again and begin fitting the cabinets the same way you did with the uppers. The upper and lower cabinets should be in flush. Cut openings for plumbing and electrical outlets.
- Install the countertop
With your cabinets perfectly installed, move to the countertop. Test it to see if it fits. Cut it to size if need be, and be careful when cutting to avoid chipping. Use a jigsaw to cut sink openings. Carefully screw the countertop into place using the right size of the screws.
- Fix the doors and drawers
The hinges should be fixed properly for the doors to close and open without applying a lot of force. If it was a remodeling project, reinstall any appliances you had removed.