Well, since finishing all my kitchen cabinets a couple of weeks ago, and then demo of our kitchen and living room began and now starting the process of putting it all back together, I've been scarce on the forum lately.
The previous owners had some 1/2" grooved paneling on the walls, and although it was the part that we fell in love with, when we first bought the place, 24 years ago, we decided that the dark, dust catching walls must go. Then in the kitchen, behind most of the cabinets, the previous owners had put up some fake bricks. Thin (about 1/4") slices of real brick, glued to the sheet rock, after first laying some type of rough surface, to mock grout lines. All the sheet rock had to be replaced, as the bricks didn't come off very easily. Now we're finding out that our walls and ceilings aren't all that level and flat. Installing my cabinets, which now will go almost to the ceiling, will be a challenge.
Now here comes my question (ok, you knew there was a question coming, right??) LOL. Well, I've been reading up some on installing cabinets, as this will be my first. I'm looking for a way that will be easy for me to do alone, or with just the aide of my wife. My son is doing our Sheetrock, but he's a busy man as well, so I don't want to tie him up more then I need to. So I was looking at using the French cleat. I'm figuring, as long as I shim the cleat that goes on the wall, to fill any valleys I might have, hanging and butting up these heavy cabinets correctly, should not be to hard on me? Any pointers or suggestions are welcomed!