Finally some progress. First, I installed 3 florescent T8 2-bulb fixtures so I could see what I was doing. The inherited kitchen cabinets needed some fixing. Vinyl veneered 1/4” particle board is not my idea of great cabinetry, but they were free. Then, I had to make the French cleats.
Finding the wall studs was no easy task. The cheap Stanley stud finder worked for about 5 minutes. Had to go out and get a different one that would also check for A/C.
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