Ripping Out Your Old Kitchen? Get It Right The First Time*

So, you’ve been to the showroom, and you’ve seen the kitchen to die for? That’s great. The only problem is that you’ve still got a kitchen sitting there in your home. And, somehow, it’s got to be removed. You don’t want to pay a handyperson to rip it out for you. So you decide that you’re going to rip it out all by yourself to save a bit of money. That’s fine: we’re all DIY enthusiasts here. However, there’s a step by step process that you need to follow if you’re going to get it right. Here’s what to do.


Step 1: Hire A Skip –


When you start taking out your old kitchen, you’ll be amazed and just how much stuff you pull out of the walls. There’s no way you’ll be able to take it all to the dump in the back of your car. So do what the pros do, and investigate skip bin hire. You can hire skips online from £100. Once it’s arrived, you’re ready to start dismantling your old kitchen.


Step 2: Remove Everything You Want To Keep –


The next step is to take everything you want and put it somewhere else. You don’t want to throw out the family silverware accidentally!


Step 3: Remove Cabinets –


Start by removing the upper cabinets using the appropriate tools. It might take a bit of forcing to get them to come off the walls. But don’t worry. Any holes in the wall can soon be plastered over.


Step 4: Turn Off The Water –


Before you start removing the sink or the dishwasher, you’ll have to turn off the water. The stop valve for the cold water is usually under the sink. The stop valve for the hot water is often placed near the hot water tank in the attic. Once the water has been shut off, leave the faucet open for 10 minutes or so to drain it. Then undo the waste pipe under the sink and pull out the sink.



Step 5: Get A Qualified Person To Remove The Hob –


If you’ve got a gas hob, you need to get a qualified person to remove it. The reason for this is that gas hobs are notoriously leaky. Electric hobs should also be removed by a professional.


Step 6: Remove The Radiator –


If your kitchen has a radiator, you may also want to remove this temporarily too. Removing a radiator is relatively straightforward. But there are plenty of instructional sites detailing how to do this.


Step 7: Chip Off Tiles –


If you’ve never chipped tiles off a wall before, it can be a lot of fun. But it can also be a little dangerous. First, put on some heavy duty gloves to protect your hand. Then put on some google for eye protection. Finally, grab a bolster and hammer and start chipping away.


Step 8: Remove The Old Floor –

The last thing you’ll need to do is to remove the old floor. If you’ve got a vinyl floor, you can use a knife to cut through it before you lift it up. If it’s stuck on with many layers of glue, don’t be afraid to whip out the shovel!

Love, Charlotte x

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