My picture perfect kitchen was a traditional in style with moldings (I love them!), but with a modern feel.
This is the way I wanted it to look but doing it myself:
I began by removing the cabinet that was on top of the refrigerator, it was only 12” deep and I needed a 24” deep instead.
The most affordable and quick solution was to buy a cabinet from Ikea to fit above it, then a sheet of ¾” plywood (the dimensions for these sheets are 8’x4’), was cut in half / lengthwise at the home center to create the side panels, since the edges are rough, a ¾”x ½” wood molding (Parting Bead), was glued to the edges of the panels, driving some brad nails to better secure this small molding.
|Here you can see the parting bead at the edge of the plywood|
When the sides were ready, they were attached to the top cabinet with screws. We did it off site, working on the floor and it was kind of difficult for me and hub to make it stand up, and bring it to its place just 5 feet away.
The next step was to attach it to the left cabinet and to the back studs on the wall, making sure it was level. It looked like a big cabinet with wobbly legs! The left leg was attached to the base cabinet on the left with screws front and back, and the right leg was attached to the wall behind, and to the floor with L brackets.
Finally, a small piece of wood was positioned at the bottom of the top cabinet just to the top of the refrigerator to close up this gap and make the whole structure sturdier.
Again, after caulking, sanding and paint this is the final result:
My next project: Working on building a Range Hood!
You can also click on the next links for:
How to paint the cabinets.
Install a marble backsplash.
Add moldings to your kitchen cabinets
Closing the space above the kitchen cabinets
Update the kitchen island
Tips about installing recessed lights
Final kitchen reveal
Kitchen cost breakdown
1 ½ Year Later How the Kitchen is Holding up
Build-in Plate Rack
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