Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Building the Cabinets up to the ceiling


Hello everyone! As I promised, here are the details on how to make the cabinets go all the way to the ceiling.    This is the way it looked without the top part:

Since all that part above the cabinets was already an enclosed area (by the walls and ceiling), I decided to build a simple face frame to make it look like open boxes or cabinets up there, where I could showcase decorative items, nothing too heavy.  

To put this pieces together I used the Kreg Jig, I do not know how to do this any other way! This Jig is amazing to put two pieces of wood (side by side or perpendicular to each other) together. Like this:
The face frame was put together off site

Second, a long piece of plywood was screwed on top of the cabinets,  after that, two plywood divisions were screwed to the long piece of plywood at the bottom, and finally the face frame was nailed to the divisions and also screwed to the bottom long piece of plywood.

Here you can see how the plywood divisions were screwed:


Decorative molding was placed at the front edge to cover the rough edges.  At the top crown molding finished it up.

After caulking and priming it was ready for paint.... but I also want to show you how I covered the holes on that cabinet, remember?


A piece of plywood to cover each hole was attached to the wall.  To even out the seams I used joint compound, at that time I didn't have wood filler, I run out of it, I guess that would been more appropriate...

Then, a piece of the drywall tape was used to smooth out those seams.  This is not the conventional way to do it but as I said, at the time that's the best solution I could think of..


...and so far it has worked well!

To check all the Laundry Room makeover click here.

By the Way! if you don't have a big enough space to build them up, maybe you want to just cover that area, as I did with my kitchen cabinets here.




21 comments:

NanaDiana said...

Cdristina- GREAT JOB! It looks great and very professional looking finish on it~ Thanks for sharing the HOW TO here! I hope you have a great day- xo Diana

Margaret Pereira said...

Fabulous job Cristina! Thanks for the step by step instructions.

At The Picket Fence said...

So awesome!!! Cristina you are incredibly talented and you made that look so amazing. Well done!
Vanessa

Sherry said...

Really cool. I love the look. I have about five inches between the top of my cabinets and my ceiling. I'm wondering if it will look quite as good. I know it will be an improvement over what I have now...which is a space not big enought to display or store anything. Thanks for sharing this!

Jordan@the2seasons said...

This is such a great idea. The end result looks amazing and I am sure you are enjoying having more storage!

Honey at 2805 said...

The cabinets to the ceiling look wonderful! Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday! Your participation is apppreciated!

jacky @ small home love said...

Amazing job on the cabinets! I am so glad you left a comment on my blog, i've been wanting to extend our cabinets to the ceiling too but didn't really know how until now. Going to show this to my hubby.

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

That is a great look! The crown moulding really finishes it off so nicely.

Sawdust and Paperscraps said...

Your laundry room is gorgeous! Love how you filled in the cabinets up to the ceiling. What a smart use of ALL your space.

Fox Hollow Cottage said...

It looks fantastic! The open shelving and the coco paint are yummy. Super custom, high-end look. Awesome job =) Enjoy!!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

What a great use of space and pretty too!

Sherry said...

Wonderful! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Maia Dobson said...

I would love to make put up a cabinet like this on my apartment because it saves a lot of space. Could you help me find home builders that could help me do such renovations?

Miriam@Hometalk said...

This is fabulous, Cristina. I love the look!

Sandra said...

Cristina, you are OH SO VERY talented! :) Thanks for sharing! I'm going to try and tackle something like this soon! I'll keep you posted.

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

great idea! non need to waste the space above the cabinets!

thistlewoodfarm said...

This is an amazing tutorial! Thanks for sharing....have you shared this over on Hometalk? I saw a question about cabinets the other day and this is perfect!

blessings,
karianne

PS I pinned this :)

Rhonda said...

That is such a great idea! I wish I had all of that space above my laundry room cabinets...

DIY Show Off said...

Wow, Cristina! Great use of otherwise wasted space! So much room! LOVE it! Great tutorial too!

cathy@my1929charmer said...

It is a great use of wasted space, you wouldn't know it wasn't original to the cabinets! Your tutorial is really outstanding so we all thank you. You now have custom cabinets, and they look great. My fingers are crossed you'll share with Sunday's Best tonight - to many of us with lower cabinets would love to know how you got this great look!

Get Campie! said...

LOVE what you've done!!Great photos and tutorial, too.

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