I ♥ miter saws

That title is a change from the one I wrote titled "Evil, thy name is miter box" isn't it?

It's amazing what you can do when friends loan you a compound miter saw. Wait. I have a correction. It's amazing what you can do when friends drop off the compound miter saw they are loaning you. Isn't that nice?

The cabinets on the left side of the kitchen were easy to trim. The cabinets are straight. I just had to cut a few pieces on angles to fit them together, glue, tap a few brads into the wood, fill in the wood, and attached the entire piece to the top of the cabinets. That last part was probably the hardest of all, but I got it done within a few hours of the saw coming into my life.

Adding crown to the cabinets that had a corner was a breeze with the saw. Turns out that I avoided one of the major frustrations DIYers have with cutting crown two weekends ago. I knew to hold the crown on an angle while sawing. I didn't know to hold the crown upside down.

I couldn't paint the trim pieces just yet. I wanted to make sure the wood filler and caulk was totally dry before I move forward. That will be a project for next weekend. I think I'll have to do a post just to show the before and after pictures for this space. I'm pretty happy with it! Just think how thrilled I'll be when I get new counter tops in and some tile on the back splash and floor!

Has anyone else done this before? It seems like a pretty popular project in the design blogsphere.


  1. looks awesome! We used the mitre box for our bookshelves in the living room. My husband nearly killed himself in frustration. OMG. Poor guy. I just couldn't justify spending the money on an actual mitre saw and we don't know anyone that owns one!

  2. The right tools can make all the difference. You did a great job, I love how it looks!

  3. Daddy always said right tools for the right job.
    It looks incredible!
    xo xo
    PS Loved your Nate post yesterday!

  4. The trim makes SUCH a HUGE difference! Hooray! Compound mitre saws definitely make a difference...my mom got one for her birthday a few years ago and it was her most favorite gift she ever received. :)

  5. Such delicious visual impact!! I'm a huge fan of this upgrade, makes the cabinets look custom doesn't it?

    I did the same to our decrepit cabinets last year but they don't look anywhere near as phenomenal as yours.


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