Should Kitchen Cabinets or Flooring Be Installed First?
When remodeling a kitchen, should you install the cabinets or finished flooring first? -Amy
I prefer to put the finished flooring down before installing the cabinets, though it can be done either way. While this approach uses more flooring material, installation is easier since it requires less accurate cutting and fitting. In addition, the finished floor provides an extra layer of protection in case of a plumbing leak.
If the cabinets are installed first, set them on blocks that are the thickness of the flooring so the countertops will be the proper height once the flooring is installed and be sure to floor under any appliances.
Good luck with your project,