Suggestions for Removing builder's shelf/drawers?

by LAlady
When my townhouse was built, the builder installed a small (maybe 2' long) laminate counter top over 3 drawers in a "nook" of the bedroom. This is a wasted area as I never use it so I want to remove the counter and drawers and move my armoire into the space. Any suggestions on how to remove the shelf and drawers? It is caulked on the sides by the wall and I'm assuming glued along the back edge?

  4 answers
  • Mcp22331334 Mcp22331334 on May 16, 2018

    Start by removing the drawers from the cabinet. Take a look inside the cabinet and see if it is screwed to the wall (it should be screwed in and not glued to the wall. Remove the screw holding the cabinet to the wall. Using a box cutter blade, score along the caulk line so that you don't rip the caulk off the wall. The cabinet should be loose now and the countertop should only be attached to the cabinet and not the wall. You should be able to move the cabinet after all the screws are removed. Good luck with your project!

  • Pat Pat on May 16, 2018

    Very easy to remove. Use a utility knife to score the caulking away from the wallboard. use and hammer and crowbar as needed. Fill up deficits with spackle, prime and paint. I did the same thing several years ago.

  • William William on May 16, 2018

    Some builders try to be creative, don't they. Use every space available. Tried to make a makeup vanity. Kind of tacky. Probably screwed to the side and back wall. The caulking just seals the gaps. Mcphlps and Pats instructions are perfect. That is the way I would do it. Be careful when removing the screws so it doesn't fall and hurt you. Maybe support it from underneath somehow.

  • Rje24226964 Rje24226964 on May 16, 2018

    I hope they didn't use those staples, they tear up a wall and you WILL need to spackle, prime and paint. To get the staples out of wood, the best thing I found is a soldering iron with the tip removed. Hold it on the staple for 10 - 20 seconds until the glue heats up and pull it out with pliers - the bigger the better. They put closet shelves in with glue and staples. NIGHTMARE! Put in new shelf rails with screws and make the shelves deeper.