Demo or re-purpose cabinet?

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Old 12-08-16, 07:28 AM
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Demo or re-purpose cabinet?

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Planning to renovate guest bathroom and attached laundry room. Would you demo this or try to re-purpose it for some other project?

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Wow, is that ugly.

Regardless, if you could remove it without damaging it, I would re-hang it in the garage.
 
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Even more so, in person with the matching vanity.

What steps are recommended to try to remove it without damaging it?
 
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You have to un-do however it was installed. Like remove any screws, if that's how it was hung.
 
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That looks like it was built in place rather than built freestanding and installed. Hard to say for sure but it doesn't look like it has a real case to it that you could remount somewhere else. The interior looks like it might just be the walls behind it so you really just have a frame for the supporting the door and then some shelves. That's not what I call a freestanding cabinet. I would say Demo.

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Not all prebuilt cabinets have backs. Look at the cleats under the base and top for screws.
 
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No screws that I can find just small nails.
The interior IS just the plaster walls behind, on top and sides.
What and where would I find cleats under the base?

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I couldn't tell from those pic if they were nails or small screws but if the cabinet is nailed to the wall it will be difficult to remove them intact. The cleats are the 1x2s [or there about] that support the non adjustable shelves along with the top and bottom pieces of the cabinet.
 
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Originally Posted by pjaffe

That looks like it was built in place rather than built freestanding and installed. Hard to say for sure but it doesn't look like it has a real case to it that you could remount somewhere else...
I believe this is what I'm dealing with.
 
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Originally Posted by pjaffe
That looks like it was built in place rather than built freestanding and installed. Hard to say for sure but it doesn't look like it has a real case to it that you could remount somewhere else...
How would you go about trying to remove this without doing too much damage to plaster walls?
 
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I think you take it apart a piece at a time and pry the wood away from the wall. With the 1x2 slats nailed in, there will be damage.

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Obviously the easier you are at prying the cabinets off of the wall the less damage there will be but it's not all that big of a deal to repair the walls. As Peter said you'd deconstruct the cabinets in the reverse of how they were put together. Once you do 1-2 of them the best method should become evident.
 
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What tool(s) are recommended to pry the 1x2 off the walls with minimal damage?
 

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Whatever works A wonder bar or even a stiff putty knife is a good place to start. Also placing a piece of plywood [or whatever] under the pry bar to spread out the load can help minimize damage.
 
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FWIW, if anyone else is looking for one, I found a deal on and bought a Stanley® Wonder Bar Pry Bar (55-515) @ Ace Hardware for $3.99 or $2.99, after $1 In Cart Savings through December 24th!
 
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Cabinet

Hope I am not too late. Use a cats paw to pull the nails out. A cats paw allows you to get under the nail heads and pull the nails rather than prying between the cabinet and the wall.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SukO2_GXLeU
 
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@Wirepuller38 Not too late.

It wasn't as bad as I thought...Here's what worked, for me:
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This is the worst of the damage, other than some exposed plastic screw anchors (4) from the metal shelf rack on left wall, which I tapped flush with the wall:
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Patching the walls is fairly simple, if you need any instructions - just holler
 
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