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Old 02-22-2017, 11:12 AM   #1
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Tile before cabinets, cabinets before tile?


After about 5 years of talking about it, I have finally decided to remodel our very small kitchen in our small 1943 home.

What we have currently (from PO's) is an engineered laminate floor that is sitting on top of the original hardwood floor. If I were a betting man, I would say there is also a "nice" 60s-70s era vinyl sheet in between the 2 (nice being sarcastic of course)

When the PO installed the engineered hardwood, they left the cabinets in place, and just made the cuts as needed to fit around the cabinets.

The cabinets are really cool original 40s era stock and my wife wants to keep them and sand and repaint them and I am cool with that, saves a ton of money.

We only have 3 sections of cabinets that are quite small - a 1' X 3' section, a 3' X 3' section and then a longer 7' X 3' section,where the sink and other cabinets are. (The smaller sections are actually free standing, I plan on actually installing them properly after this.

I think we are leaning towards porcelain so the question is - should I lay floor and put the cabinets on top, or put the cabinets in first and lay floor around it. I think we are going with porcelain. Thanks!
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I always set tiles to the walls and install cabinets/vanities over the tile. I sometimes use scrap tile for some of the area under the cabinets in the kitchen.

Can you piost pics of the cabinets, inside and out? I enjoy seeing old stuff like that.
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If you're going to remove them AND your floor is flat, tile the whole thing. If its not, put them back in and tile up to them.
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If you're going to remove them AND your floor is flat, tile the whole thing. If its not, put them back in and tile up to them.
I might also make sure that the finished height of the counter top ends up at 36 inches from the finished floor.
Might need to add something to the bottom of the cabinets depending on the thickness of the tile install.
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