Removing old 'stick built' cabinets without destroying the walls?
My kitchen in my 1953 cape cod has the old "stick-built" or "unitized" cabinets, which were built on site from pine and aren't really "cabinets". It took me a long time to find out how this was done, because when you look inside my cabinets, you can't see any screws or other fasteners.
My house has plaster walls, and the thought of sledgehammering being the only way to remove these things (if I want to do a DIY kitchen with new cabinets) is unthinkable, because there's no way I'm going to destroy plaster walls so they can be replaced with wallboard.
Has anyone ever had luck "finessing" removing these things carefully so as not to create significant wall damage? How would you even go about it?
My other alternative would be to keep the uppers, reface or paint them and get new doors, and just replace the base cabinets.