Change of direction

After living with the crown molding on my cabinets for a few days, I decided I liked that they give the cabinets more height. I can't stand the mini, off the shelf cabinets that were put in my kitchen by the builder. I have considered ordering new uppers that are full sized, but I'm a little wary of the expense.

I sampled the same project from a few other blogs and found two ideas that I like. First of all, Kim from Twice Remembered Cottage added trim to the top and bottom of her cabinets. I really like the look of the trim on the bottom. Go check out her final looks fantastic! Here's an in progress picture:

Kevin at The Lettered Cottage added about five inches to the top of his and Layla's cabinets before topping things off with crown. He also used a tiny piece of trim to disguise the line where the cabinets met the piece of wood that supports the crown.

(pictures to be added once I get permission from Layla)

What do you like better? The crowd sitting right on the cabinets like in Kim's photos or the crown given a substantial boost like in the project on The Lettered Cottage?

Regardless, I'm going to borrow a friend's saw and add the trim to the bottom (I'll be calling you tonight, Joe!), so redoing the top piece isn't going to be a big deal.


  1. Love the crown molding sitting atop the cabinets, it adds so much!

    Art by Karena

  2. I like the crown molding sitting directly on top of the cabinets.

  3. If your ideal would be taller cabinets going to the ceiling or almost to the ceiling and being finished off by crown, but don't want the expense of new ones, why not add additional short cabinets above the ones you have? they'd probably have to be open shelves or wine cubes (cabinet doors don't tend to work very well when they're wider than they are tall [mass produced ones, that is]) but might work for you nonetheless? And undercabinet trim works great at hiding undercabinet task lighting. Don't know what your kitchen lighting situation is, but maybe something to consider?

  4. Sorry, KGS, that doesn't work in this space.

  5. I'm just so impressed at how handy you are!! I'm feeling inspired to do something...

  6. Hey girl, how are you!!! I was so excited to see your comment because somehow I forgot all about you. I am going to add you to my favorites right away. So sorry I have not been around in a while - I used to read your blog all the time. How are you???

    Yes, if you are ever in NJ and see any seashore paintings, have a look for Al Barker. I found out that he lives near Frenchtown, NJ and have made contact with a gallery owner there. I hate to order art online, but he seems to have some nice works. I am going to ask politely if he will put me in touch with the artist himself!

    I also found a nice gallery owner in Annapolis, MD who is sending me photos of works he has on hand. What nice Americans! : )

    Hope all is well with you!

    xo Terri

  7. Hi, Jeanine, your blog is so cute, I love your kitchen cabinet project. We did the same thing with crown and added boxes for height & molding on the bottom of my old kitchen in GA & it made such a huge diff. I've got the yellow miter box like you got & that's all I have to use too. Would love a power one!! Good luck with your project.

  8. If it were me, I'd put recessed lighting in the space, finish it entirely by drywalling it in, or build some sort of storage for wine.



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