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Has anyone ever taken out their own kitchen prior to a refurb?

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AmericanPastoral Thu 29-Sep-16 09:52:34

We're having my mum's old house rewired and the electrician would like the kitchen out and the carpets up before he starts his work. We thought we could probably take the carpets and lino up ourselves and maybe the kitchen but just wondered if we were over estimating our abilities with regard to the kitchen. Has anyone ever taken out their own kitchen - we might have to get someone to remove the old gas cooker - but apart from that maybe we could manage? Thanks.

shovetheholly Thu 29-Sep-16 10:03:00

I would think this would be relatively straightforward - you will need someone qualified to sort out the gas, and you might want a plumber to be on the safe side too.

But dismantling cupboards, worktops and taking out carpets etc. is not difficult at all. Packing the crockery, glasses etc will probably take more time than knocking the cupboards out!

AmericanPastoral Thu 29-Sep-16 10:15:46

Thanks very much shove. Cupboards are clear so just need to sort out the tools.

shovetheholly Thu 29-Sep-16 10:21:52

You can go a long way in destruction with nothing but a sledgehammer smile. However, another idea occurs to me - if the kitchen is in a reasonable state, you could offer it on Freecycle, on the proviso that someone else comes and removes it?

Bobochic Thu 29-Sep-16 10:24:49

You could do this but, when I needed a kitchen taking out recently it was quite cheap to get someone to do it for me.

AnnaLP Thu 29-Sep-16 10:28:52

Good idea about selling it to someone else and then they can remove it. Someone suggested we do that with our kitchen back in the spring as it was a bespoke oak kitchen but about 30 years old. Then I got thinking that if someone else might buy it why don't I re-use it.

We removed most of the cupboards (because we were knocking through to the dining room) but left what we could in-situ. Re-positioned cupboards where we could (that took quite a lot of planning and some cupboards had to be cut down in size) then had the cupboard doors re-painted, new handles and worktops and it looks fab. I now have a hand-painted bespoke kitchen for next to nothing cost wise.

AmericanPastoral Thu 29-Sep-16 11:09:40

shove AnnaLP thanks - it's an old kitchen no-one else could possibly want smile so we'll be getting rid.

Bobo - thanks - it's probably worth getting a quote for removal.

Qwebec Thu 29-Sep-16 16:31:29

Unless it is a wreak, there are multiple uses for an old kitchen: storage/work surface in a shed, in a green house, in a workshop, children play room, crafts room etc... for those areas it does not alwaysneed to look fashionable and cheap means less worry if damage happens by accident.

AnnieOnnieMouse Thu 29-Sep-16 18:31:11

We took our old kitchen out ourselves, and Freegled it, and fitted the new one ourselves, including the tiling, plumbing and flooring. People on Freegle are always on the lookout for old kitchens for fitting in garages, workrooms, etc. Taking it out yourself and rehoming it keeps it out of landfill. Only things that went into landfill were the old plastic wastepipes and the tiles; everything else was rehomed or recycled.

May09Bump Thu 29-Sep-16 20:34:28

Yep, just did take one out of our renovation - quite easy except for cooker etc. Need electrician and gas to remove them. We had to skip ours - very grim indeed.

AmericanPastoral Thu 29-Sep-16 20:48:25

Thanks Annie. I hadn't heard of freegle. Thanks May. I fear ours may be grim as well.

eyebrowsonfleek Thu 29-Sep-16 20:53:03

We did it easily.

BeMorePanda Thu 29-Sep-16 20:53:10

My friend has "sold" 2 kitchens on eBay for fairly nominal amounts on the condition the buyers remove it. Worked out well twice for them.

WidowWadman Thu 29-Sep-16 20:54:21

Done this not too long ago, was quite cathartic

JustWantToBeDorisAgain Thu 29-Sep-16 21:00:35

I've picked up and old kitchen and refitted it as garage units ( worked really well) am going to ask my new neighbour if hers needs anew home when she gets her new kitchen next month grin

SpringSpringSpring Fri 30-Sep-16 08:42:47

We took ours out ourselves and freecycled it too. We just got someone to disconnect the gas and radiator (it was the same guy who was connecting the new ones so paid all in one go).

Vixster99 Fri 30-Sep-16 12:18:12

DH & I removed all the units ourselves. Not difficult, just needed 2 people because of the weight. We installed some of the units in the garage, but the grimmest went quite unashamedly to the tip, as did the lino (2 layers of it).
We also removed all the tiles: that was extremely satisfying! They had been there for over 30 years & came off very easily, mostly intact without damaging the plaster. Made a LOT of mess though!

AmericanPastoral Mon 03-Oct-16 10:20:00

We successfully removed most of the kitchen at the weekend. Just the sink and surrounding units to tackle. Very therapeutic and satisfying. Thanks for -all the advice and encouragement.

shovetheholly Mon 03-Oct-16 10:52:15

Well done you!! Really glad you did it - it's a great feeling afterwards, isn't it? smile

AmericanPastoral Mon 03-Oct-16 22:38:49

Thanks shove - such a good feeling smile We took the dismantled units to the skip today - feeling very productive. Would never have thought it was possible!

shovetheholly Tue 04-Oct-16 08:12:31

I know! There's so much stuff that is actually really, really doable when you get stuck in. It's just the thought of the unknown that is scary!!

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