Installing Upper Cabinets with new hardware in our Garage

Dec 24 2023
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There is one sure way to install upper cabinets that not only makes it a breeze but even makes it a doable one person job. I finished getting these cabinets (and the work bench) painted out a bit ago and was super excited to get them off the floor of our garage. It was mid October at this point and Lodi and I were more than ready to park our cars in the garage again to not have to defrost them every morning. (The literal reason we have a garage lol.) We were quite glad it hadn’t snowed yet as that isn’t exactly unheard of for a northern Minnesota October…

Thank goodness (for all of the reasons) that we ended up having a beautiful October!

I gathered my tools: Our impact driver, some 3″ torque screws, our 4 foot level and a straight board.

I measured up 18″ from the top center of the bench, made my mark and then screwed the board on the mark.

(Generally upper cabinets are hung anywhere from 18-24 inches from the surface of what they’re above – but it really depends on the situation. This bench is pretty tall and deep so I kept them a little low because, well, I’m short.)

I did not put in the first screw very deep so then that I could seesaw and level out the board before fully securing it.

I did this one upper cabinet at a time. I set them up on the work bench exactly where I wanted the cabinet to go on the wall above it so I could start one screw in the top exactly where I knew the stud would be.

Then I just had to lift the cabinet up on top of the board and sink the screw into the stud(s) behind the cabinet.

Easy!

I did that with all four cabinets and added several extra screws to really secure them and also screwed them together as well.

I then just removed the board.

That sure beats installing (and trying to level) each cabinet individually!

So next up is the part I was most excited about.

There is one sure way to install upper cabinets that not only makes it a breeze but also even makes it an doable one person job.

There is one sure way to install upper cabinets that not only makes it a breeze but also even makes it an doable one person job.

Spray painting out our garage bench and cabinets the way you're NOT supposed to do it. Ok well I guess painting

There is one sure way to install upper cabinets that not only makes it a breeze but also even makes it an doable one person job.

There is one sure way to install upper cabinets that not only makes it a breeze but also even makes it an doable one person job.

There is one sure way to install upper cabinets that not only makes it a breeze but also even makes it an doable one person job.

There is one sure way to install upper cabinets that not only makes it a breeze but also even makes it an doable one person job.

There is one sure way to install upper cabinets that not only makes it a breeze but also even makes it an doable one person job.

There is one sure way to install upper cabinets that not only makes it a breeze but also even makes it an doable one person job.

There is one sure way to install upper cabinets that not only makes it a breeze but also even makes it an doable one person job.

There is one sure way to install upper cabinets that not only makes it a breeze but also even makes it an doable one person job.

There is one sure way to install upper cabinets that not only makes it a breeze but also even makes it an doable one person job.

There is one sure way to install upper cabinets that not only makes it a breeze but also even makes it an doable one person job.

There is one sure way to install upper cabinets that not only makes it a breeze but also even makes it an doable one person job.

There is one sure way to install upper cabinets that not only makes it a breeze but also even makes it an doable one person job.

There is one sure way to install upper cabinets that not only makes it a breeze but also even makes it an doable one person job.

There is one sure way to install upper cabinets that not only makes it a breeze but also even makes it an doable one person job.

There is one sure way to install upper cabinets that not only makes it a breeze but also even makes it an doable one person job.

There is one sure way to install upper cabinets that not only makes it a breeze but also even makes it an doable one person job.

There is one sure way to install upper cabinets that not only makes it a breeze but also even makes it an doable one person job.

There is one sure way to install upper cabinets that not only makes it a breeze but also even makes it an doable one person job.

Two of these cabinets had some old brassy hardware on them and the other two had never had hardware so I thought we could really fancy them up a little.

I ordered these on Amazon.

I love how simple and modern they are and figured the chrome would be perfect here.

I have another trick up my sleeve to making hardware easy to install too. I cut out a piece of cardboard and then screwed a pull into it to make a template.

Then I positioned the template where I wanted the pulls to go and marked the holes. Then I just drilled them out and installed each pull.

So easy!

These old upper cabinets are shockingly better I think – what an upgrade!

There is one sure way to install upper cabinets that not only makes it a breeze but also even makes it an doable one person job.

There is one sure way to install upper cabinets that not only makes it a breeze but also even makes it an doable one person job.

There is one sure way to install upper cabinets that not only makes it a breeze but also even makes it an doable one person job.

There is one sure way to install upper cabinets that not only makes it a breeze but also even makes it an doable one person job.

There is one sure way to install upper cabinets that not only makes it a breeze but also even makes it an doable one person job.

There is one sure way to install upper cabinets that not only makes it a breeze but also even makes it an doable one person job.

There is one sure way to install upper cabinets that not only makes it a breeze but also even makes it an doable one person job.

There is one sure way to install upper cabinets that not only makes it a breeze but also even makes it an doable one person job.

There is one sure way to install upper cabinets that not only makes it a breeze but also even makes it an doable one person job.

There is one sure way to install upper cabinets that not only makes it a breeze but also even makes it an doable one person job.

Comments

  1. December 24, 2023 at 11:37 am

    You and Lodi are amazing! We need to have you beautify *our* garage and insulate it, etc, etc. Good work! Happy Winter!

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