How to Repair a Cabinet Bottom
If you have a broken cabinet bottom that needs to be replaced, you can repair it using simple tools. Leaky plumbing is one of the biggest culprits to broken cabinet bottoms. Replacing a cabinet bottom is much cheaper than replacing an entire cabinet. Oftentimes, the cabinet doors and stain cannot be easily matched and can be very expensive to have a cabinet custom made to match your existing cabinets.
- Take the cabinet doors off the cabinet by removing the screws in the hinge using a power drill. Set the doors aside.
- Cut out the bottom section of the cabinet using a circular saw. Cut as close to the edges as possible.
- Remove the edge sections using a hammer and a chisel. Place the chisel at the joint and lightly tap the end of the chisel with a hammer. This will break the glue joint and allow you to remove the entire cabinet bottom. If staples are present, break them off using pliers.
- Measure the cabinet bottom using a tape measure.
- Cut the cabinet bottom out of new material using a circular saw. Cut slowly to avoid jagged edges.
- Place a small amount of carpenters glue around the joints. Place the cabinet bottom into position.
- Nail the bottom to the cabinet sides. Place the nail on an angle through the bottom and into the sides. Tap the nail into position using a hammer. Place the finish nails about 6 inches apart.
- Fasten the doors back onto the cabinet using a power drill.