Asked 5 days ago

How can I transform my cabinets, and fit in a countertop?

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My cabinets are old farmhouse type freestanding, attached to wall. I want to up-cycle cabinets to have topside cabinets and bottom side cabinets and fit a countertop in between, so it can be all one unit and fill a need for cabinets and extra counter space. This house was build in 1920 and the walls are horsehair plaster over lathe.



10 answers
  • Cynthia H
    5 days ago

    Hi Kim! I am having trouble picturing the cabinets you are describing. Are they wood cabinets? How are they attached to the wall? If you connect them together the way you are thinking about, will it give you the storage and countertops you need? Where will the appliances fit into your design? What are you thinking about for upper cabinets. The biggest mistake I have seen made when redoing a kitchen is to redo a kitchen using the same footprint if it doesn't work. Think about where you have windows, electrical and plumbing. What needs updating? Will it pass code? Is the area big enough? Our 100+ year old house had a poorly designed, tiny kitchen and a huge pantry. Next to the kitchen was a large formal dining room with poor natural lighting. We totally rebuilt where the old kitchen was, and it became our enclosed back porch. We took the wall down between the back of the dining room and the pantry and old closet which then gave us two windows and natural light . It also gave us a big, eat in kitchen. We measured our space and went to Lowe's and Home Depot. They gave us a printed out design and prices for the cabinets we wanted. We then did comparison shopping and saved. We did all the demo and installation ourselves. So figure out your budget, your skills and what help you'll need. Design your kitchen so that you like being in there and it functions. We bought what we could afford and stayed on budget. Pictures would help if you plan on using those cupboards. Good luck!

    • Kim Fletcher
      2 days ago

      Hi Cynthia, no the shelves are fixed. I'm hoping that I will be able to utilize the space without having to rip apart anything. These cabinets are solid, and maybe there is a way to rearrange and reconfigure them, without any major cost. I'm hoping that it will be a do-able project. Thanks for your suggestions.


  • Recreated Designs
    4 days ago

    Hi Kim, do you have a picture of two that you can add? It might help us visualize your area and provide some suggestions. Hope we can help.

  • Sounds like a neat project! Can you share photos here? We can surely help with ideas then!

    • Kim Fletcher
      2 days ago

      Here are the photos I've taken of our cabinets. The little one on the end next to the fridge is small. I use the top portion to as a tea and snack cupboard. The bottom portion is where all my cake and cookie pans reside. The larger cookie sheets fit between the fridge and wall (on both sides). I had to take the doors off the upper portion of large cupboard area, because they were warped and would not close properly. I like the openness of the cupboard now, because I can see everything. The bottom portion of large cupboard will have to be reconfigured because of the countertop I want to put in. I may end up having to take these out completely and have a total new build project. They are nice cupboards, but they definitely need to be updated. Thanks for your suggestions.



  • Redcatcec
    4 days ago

    Like the others, I need a visual so we can see what you are seeing and have to work with. Because of the age of the house and cabinets, I would assume they are rustic. Take a good look around and locate the electrical outlets, doorways, windows, plumbing, and lighting. Do you have a plan that would work with what is already there?

    You might want to consider getting plans from multiple contractors or interior designers before proceeding with this project. One thing I have run into is the plans are free if the company does the work. Otherwise a there is a fee.

    • Kim Fletcher
      2 days ago

      Here are the photos I've taken of our cabinets. The little one on the end next to the fridge is small. I use the top portion to as a tea and snack cupboard. The bottom portion is where all my cake and cookie pans reside. The larger cookie sheets fit between the fridge and wall (on both sides). I had to take the doors off the upper portion of large cupboard area, because they were warped and would not close properly. I like the openness of the cupboard now, because I can see everything. The bottom portion of large cupboard will have to be reconfigured because of the countertop I want to put in. I may end up having to take these out completely and have a total new build project. They are nice cupboards, but they definitely need to be updated. Thanks for your suggestions.


  • Kathy Gunter Law
    4 days ago

    You can attach to the walls by adding 1x4 or 2x4 along the walls for extra support. You drill into the plaster to attach.

    If you are planning to DIY your cabinets or custom order, they can be built to accomodate existing walls and supports.

  • Johnavallance82
    4 days ago

    Hello there,

    Fix battens to the back of the base cabinet long enough to go up leaving space for splash back and long enough to be able to fix top cabinets to them. You can clad the space in between cabinets to form splash back. That way you do not need to fix back to the walls..............Decorate to taste. Hope that's of some help.

  • Lifestyles Homes
    4 days ago

    Whatever you do, cabinets need to be screwed to the studs not the lath.

    As suggested, screw a batten or ledger into the studs and then you have more choices on securely screwing the cabinet into the ledger.

    The ledger should be 2x pine or 5/8” plywood strips.

  • William
    4 days ago

    Photos would help. Hard to picture what you have

  • Recreated Designs
    2 days ago

    Thanks for the pictures Kim. That helps. I love the age and shape of the cabinets. Could you remove all of the door and paint the shelves? That would give them an entirely new look. if you want to have the bottom shelves covered and don't want to rebuild doors, you would always hang tension rods with pretty curtains to cover what is in the bottom. That would be a gorgeous Farmhouse look that would give then an entirely new feel. Thanks again for the pictures!

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