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  1. smator

    smator Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys

    I'm in the middle of doing a quick facelift for our kitchen, painting the cabinets, changing knobs and benchtop. There's a section of the cabinet that I'd really like to remove so that the cooker can slide straight in rather than sticking out. Has anyone done this before with removing a section of a wooden kitchen? It isn't in separate modules, wondering if there is a trick for making this an easy job...

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    Close up.JPG Inside bottom shelf.JPG Inside showing underside of benchtop.JPG
     
  2. Propertunity

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    Nothing a small fire couldn't fix :p
    You'll have to frame up the remaining bit you want to cut down - pretty much making a smaller cabinet out of the existing.
     
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    Honestly... if it were me i'd install a whole new kitchen. Sorry.
     
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    If I was starting again I think I'd do that too...
     
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    Not too late to change your mind? Remember, if it's your ppor you have to live with it for however long you'll live there. If its an IP installing a new kitchen may add value (pull out equity for the next purchase), give you depreciation benefits, and attract better tenants willing to pay a bit more...
     
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    It's our PPOR, but we're planning on doing a knock down rebuild in a few years
     
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    Then either get a saw or 2, pry bar & hammer and start patiently cutting through it....... or leave it be.

    Replacing the whole cabinet would be easier but more expense, that'll be wasted if you're intending on a demolition in the not too distant future.
     
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    The easy way is buy a good sledge hammer ,drop the sink out seal off all the plumbing fitoofs, then level the entire area and start again,even if you intend to live in the property
    no one should live like that..
     
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    Maybe look for second hand kitchens on Gumtree.
     
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    Ex-display kitchens from kitchen display showrooms are usually pretty good too.
     
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    It's just the inside of an old cabinet.

    It's old, but it'll come up fine with a bit of gloss white paint on the inside of the cupboards.
     
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    I'm old too but no amount of warpaint will make me look any more attractive ;)
     
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    That's why you can get dimmer switches on lights, Scott No Mates :p
     
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    Kitchen pretty much done, just need to change the taps. IMG_5360.JPG IMG_5362.JPG
     
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    Well done! Looks good.
     
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    That's great. Nothing wrong with good solid timber cabinets. I wouldn't be spending one cent more than is absolutely necessary on a land-banking property either. The kitchen is for food preparation, not to look at. It has to be functional, not a piece of artwork.
     
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    Looks good. Not an overly practical kitchen though.

    Curious if you cut your own benchtops and if you have any tips. We are looking to DIY new benchtops in an IP. Seems most benchtops are 60cm wide and we need to cut down to 45cm.
     
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    Agree that's it's not the most practical, but will function for the short term.

    Bought the benchtops from ikea, I think that they're 63cm.

    I cut it with a circular saw. Measured where I needed to cut and used tape to ensure it didn't chip. Cut the bench upside down. Clamped a piece of wood on top of the benchtop that I could run the saw against to make sure i got a straight cut. Make sure you have someone holding the piece you are cutting so that it doesn't snap off. I was worried before doing it, but found it straightforward.
     
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    I'm going to give you a thumbs up on that as we did the same to an old kitchen in a house we lived in (ie paint and ignore).
    You might need to put in an exhaust fan above the stove
    Did you put in some upright pieces of wood to stabilise the benctop area next to it?
     
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    Yep, there's a hole in the ceiling where I need to install the new fan.

    Put some upright pieces of wood to stabilise, and put in a piece of plywood to close it off.
     
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