As you all know, I've been wrapping up the kitchen over the last few weeks. I actually had it all but finished and then there was an issue with the island. Sigh...
The good news is that along the way I've learned a few quick and easy ways to give your kitchen cabinets a custom look - without the custom price tag. Over the next few days I will share them with you, and hopefully inspire you to do the same to your own.
The first update I wanted to share was building your cabinets up. I have seen a lot of tutorials showing you how to add height to your cabinets. Some do a little, others do a lot. Personally, I prefer somewhere in the middle - a height that looks good without being obviously "done." So let's get to it!
Flat stock: 1" x 3" x 8' select pine.
Backing trim: I used 2 inch scrap wood I had left over from previous projects.
You may notice I didn't add specific amounts of stock, cabinet trim, backing and moulding. That is because it will vary depending on the amount of cabinets you have.
Step 1: Attach backing trim.
After removing the current crown, add a piece of backing trim to the top of the cabinets. The flat stock will be nailed to this piece of backing.
I set mine back one inch (since my flat stock was 1 inch thick). To double check the fit, I placed the flat stock in front of the piece.
Once I confirmed the fit, I nailed the back piece to the cabinets. I opted to leave the flat stock in front to ensure the fit was good.
Do this along the entire length of the cabinets.
Step 2: Attach flat stock.
Attach the flat stock to the backing piece. Do this the entire length of the cabinets.
Once you attach all of it, you may notice a small gap around the edges. No worries.
Step 3: Attach edging.
Those gaps above are no problem because the next step is attaching edging around the bottom of the flat stock.
Step 4: Attach the crown.
I attached the crown 1 inch from the top of the flat stock. Next I used the same edging from the last step at the bottom of the crown. Doing this pulls the whole piece together and makes it look cohesive. This is where I get my hand slapped as a bad blogger. I had to take most of these pics on my cell phone because it's hard to use the big camera while standing on a ladder. Unfortunately, I accidentally deleted the pic of me attaching crown (so the pic you see is the final product).
Step 5: Fill holes, sand, prime and paint.
The last step is filling holes, sanding, priming and painting. And that is it! In only a day I was able to give my cabinets more of a custom feel using nothing more than flat stock and cabinet trim.
A reminder of the before:
In addition to the center cabinets, I have the cabinets over the refrigerator and two freestanding cabinets on an adjacent wall (I can't show you all of that yet because I don't want to ruin the entire reveal).
$50. This cost includes the flat stock and cabinet trim.
Products I used (click item for a link to the actual products):
Flat stock: 3 pieces of 1" x 3" x 8' select pine.
Cabinet trim 6 pieces of 8' cabinet trim.
Backing. For the backing, I used 2 inch scrap wood I had left over from previous projects.
Crown Moulding: I reused the existing crown.
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