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Pimping a Kitchen with Add-on Cabinet Toppers

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Project by David Grimes posted 1087 days ago 5038 views 6 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Background: the customer has 9 ft. ceilings, but her builder (not me) chose to go with 30” tall wall cabinets and one piece 4 3/8” crown molding. She already has black as an accent color in the ogee crown on top of her cabinets, in her granite, table and chairs, etc. so she decided to carry on with that. She asked for arched tops without doors. She wanted her old school valence to go away along with the fluorescent tube behind it (over the sink). Good choices.

Here’s a “BEFORE”... (except crown drop trim already added and wall/trim painting underway)

I suggested that we make each opening exactly the size of the two doors below (so the arches could have some width and also the openings would not be so “choppy”. I sketched and explained that to make it look right, each of the arcs would have the same start height on each side and center height in the middle so that they would look the same regardless of the varying widths of each pair of doored cabinets beneath. She liked it.

Here’s a “DURING”...

and another…

We carefully removed the old ogee crown and asided for re-use. We next built our boxes out of 3/4” cabinet grade birch plywood, then built the radiused fronts out of some very nice Arkansas pine (solid). All was primed and sanded smooth, then the interiors were painted with Sherwin-Williams Pro Classic semi-gloss alkyd paint that was color matched to her existing pigmented stained cabinets. The inner casing “lip” and the rest of the exterior was painted with Valspar satin black enamel.

The boxes were set and attached, then the ogee crown was re-installed a foot higher onto the new tops. The horizontal intersection of the old cabinets and the new was covered with a simple pine mullion that is also painted black.

The valence and light were removed, the 12-2 Romex that had been hanging out of the sheetrock just above the RB3 window casing was moved to the center of the space between the cabinets and between the RB3 and new cabinets top. The light was then installed.

Most of the rest of the house had the same crown plus a base cap turned upside down about 1 1/4” below the crown. For some reason, the builder did not follow through with this in the kitchen area. We added that as well, plus painted all walls, crown, chair rail, base, window casing, and doors with their casing. As you can see below, we repaired many sheetrock “irregularities” that were from not-perfect original work. Again, we used Sherwin Williams Pro Classic Alkyd in a semi-gloss for the trim and SW egg-shell latex for the flatwork.

The man of the house had tried to cut the bottom of the refrigerator wall cabinet for their new refrigerator (a nice new “counter depth” unit), but his line was uneven and a notch was left that prevented the refrigerator from pushing in to the wall. We took care of that.

As I was taking pictures, I noticed just a few dead bugs in the lenses of the two cloud lights. I had the painter (the man with the ladder) remove the lenses to remove the bugs. All better. Most everyone truly appreciates the little extras and freebies.

I think it turned out nicely. The customer was very pleased. I found out she had been baking sweets for the painter (the person that spent the most time on-site, of course), so you know I had to ask him where mine were. “Uh, well… they’re gone!”

All in all another very pleasant customer and experience for all concerned.

Thanks for stopping in.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia





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terry603

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#1 posted 1087 days ago

different,but,i like how it looks

-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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Grant Davis

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#2 posted 1086 days ago

A very nice addition, looks good and it is functional.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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Mark

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#3 posted 1086 days ago

thats a cool idea….i wouldnt have thought of it

-- My purpose in life: Making sawdust

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Bertha

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#4 posted 1086 days ago

If you had described this to me, I would have said I hated it. Looking at it, I really like it! Just goes to show.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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David Grimes

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#5 posted 1086 days ago

Thanks for the kind words. It was the homeowner’s idea in abstract. Just making share I can share that vision well enough to make it is the key. I do like her choices on her kitchen, but sometimes I have to share a vision that I don’t particularly care for and still make it happen with enthusiasm.

So you will never see the beautifully made island but with white/grey granite and neon vibrant lime painted exterior. <major> We call the well made but tasteless jobs “Griswalds”.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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Bertha

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#6 posted 1086 days ago

^David, what’s under that burlap sack?

Does the owner have any plans regarding those domed fluorescents, lol?

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Beginningwoodworker

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#7 posted 1086 days ago

Beautiful job on the cabinets.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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David Grimes

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#8 posted 1086 days ago

@Bertha, She likes her clouds. I suggested this (at Home Depot for $118)...

4×4 ft T-8 bulbs… ceiling hugging with white crown trimmed edge… lens is milky white (not … gag… cracked ice)

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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Bertha

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#9 posted 1086 days ago

^major upgrade. Those clouds hurt my brain. I’ve got one in my laundry room that embarrasses me every time I open the door. I spent so much money on that room that you’d think I’d take care of it. Hard to get motivated about laundry room lighting, sad to say.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Grandpa

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#10 posted 1086 days ago

The work looks good and it is attractive. What we think though really doesn’t matter. Was the customer happy? That is who really counts. I don’t care for what I see in the before pics. I think this was an upgrade.

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David Grimes

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#11 posted 1086 days ago

@Bertha, The crown trimmed lights are also available from Progress lighting, but cost a few dollars more (maybe $35 or so), but they have better electronic ballasts and have just a smidgen better overall construction (the frames feel more stable). However, they look exactly alike and in use are both fine choices.

@Grandpa, You are right. Make that customer happy. If they want it painted with tar with a pine branch for a brush, I like it !

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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spunwood

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#12 posted 1086 days ago

I like it.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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David Grimes

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#13 posted 1085 days ago

@Bertha, on the burlap sack… that’s the family budgie. Figured it was best to let it sleep on the long cross-country ride to Wally World. Always remember: Silence is golden, but duct tape is silver. ;=)

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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RexMcKinnon

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#14 posted 1067 days ago

Cool design. Definitely unique.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#15 posted 1054 days ago

Under the sack is Aunt Edna, I think…

I like what you were able to do with these cabinets. Nice work!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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