Adding new diamond cabinets during a remodeling project helps bring additional storage space into your kitchen. Each Diamond cabinet installs separately to create the wall or base unit you designed when you drew up a floor plan prior to ordering the cabinets. In some cases, you may need to install special spacers that match the cabinetry. If you have basic do-it-yourself carpentry skills, you can install Diamond kitchen cabinets. It’s a good idea to have a helper to assist with setting and hanging the cabinets.
Remove the cabinet doors, using a screwdriver. Pull out the drawers and shelving as well. Mark each item so you can match it to its correct cabinet at the end of the project.
Place a straight 2-inch by 4-inch piece of lumber on edge along the floor against the wall where you are going to install the diamond cabinets. Draw a line on the wall. This is your baseline, and all cabinet height measurements will come from it. Move the board as necessary to mark the walls where you are installing wall cabinets.
Measure and mark a series of spots 54-1/2 inches above the baseline mark. Use a carpenter’s level to make sure the dots are level. Connect those dots to form the line for the bottom of the wall cabinets by snapping a chalk line. Measure up from the baseline. You need at least 84-1/2 inches from the top of the 2-inch by 4-inch board to the ceiling molding to install tall cabinets. If you don’t have that much room, adjust the bottom mark for the wall cabinets accordingly.
Locate each of the wall studs, using a stud finder, and mark them.
Have your assistant hold the wall corner or end cabinet in place along the line. Set the level inside the cabinet to ensure it is level. Drill pilot holes through the cabinet and into the stud locations at the top, middle and bottom, using a 7/32-inch bit. Attach the cabinet to the wall, using the screws furnished with the Diamond cabinets.
Hold the second cabinet in the wall arrangement in position. Drill pilot holes through the back walls of the cabinet and secure that cabinet to the wall. Use a wood clamp to clamp the front faces of the cabinets together. Drill 3/16-inch pilot holes at the top and bottom through a cabinet face and going 1/4 inch into the adjoining cabinet face. Use #8 by 2-1/2-inch screws from the assembly kit to connect the two cabinets.
Hang the next diamond cabinets and connect it in a similar manner to the procedure described in Steps 5 and 6. Repeat the process until you’ve hung all the wall cabinets.
Set the first base cabinet in the corner or at the end location. Set the level on it. If the cabinet is not level front to back or side to side, place wood shims under it to correct the problem. Use a 7/32-inch bit to drill pilot holes into the studs behind the first cabinet. Attach the cabinet to the wall with the furnished screws.
Place the next base cabinet in the row. Level it and attach it to the wall. Clamp it together, and drill holes through the faceplate as you did in Step 6. Connect the faceplates with screws. Continue setting the rest of the base cabinets.
Reattach the doors. Install the countertop and sink according to your design plans to complete the project. Put the drawers and shelves back inside the diamond cabinets.