6. Finishing Up
Once everything is level and secure, you’re pretty much good to go. At this point, you can attach the doors and hardware.
Doors can be tricky if you’ve never done it before, but there’s one easy trick to make sure it goes as smoothly as possible.
Attach the hinges to the door first, fit the door in, then find where the hinges sit on the frame. If the hinges are attached to the interior of the frame, like they quite often are in American-style cabinets, then you’ll want to lean over from the adjacent cabinet’s opening and attach them inside then repeat the procedure with the door opened behind you.
If you’re using vertical handles, instead of simple round knobs, remember to level them or the resulting effect will play havoc on your sense of aesthetics.
Reinstall the countertop, or prep a new one as the case may be. Remember that they should always be caulked even if they’re attached securely with screws. At this point you can also reconnect the sink.
If you changed out the countertops always remember to use a high-quality, waterproof silicone around the base of the sink. If you don’t, you’re in for some serious trouble in just a little bit.
One final note: if you have gaps along the upper cabinets due to the ceiling not being perfectly level there’s two ways to take care of it.
The first is to install molding, which looks great and will add a marvelous sense of “completeness” to the entire kitchen if you’re careful about which one you pick.
The other is to use caulking that’s similar in color to the cabinets if you don’t want to go through the hassle of installing more pieces of trim. This works well, but be careful how you apply it. For the most part it will cover the hole and you’ll be the only one who ever knows it’s there.
You’ll also want to install baseboards along the bottom of the cabinet, which is a relatively easy task. Most people do it with a hammer and a punch, just level the board, shave it to account for any irregularities in the floor, and drop a nail in every six inches or so and be sure there’s one about ¼” in from each edge.
Now, lean back, thank your friend, and marvel at just how well you did. If you followed these instructions closely, you’ll now have a properly installed set of kitchen cabinets.