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Building the Cabinets up to the ceiling

heightened the look of your kitchen cabinets by bringing them all the way to the ceiling

Hello everyone! As 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:
How to build cabinets up to the ceiling

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 these 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.
laundry room short cabinets brought all the way to the ceiling

Here you can see how the plywood divisions were installed.
short cabinets in laundry room brought all the way to the ceiling

Decorative molding was placed at the front edge to cover the rough edges.  At the top crown molding finished it up.
short cabinets in laundry room brought all the way up

After caulking and priming, it was ready for paint.... but, I also want to show you how I covered the holes in that cabinet, remember?
short cabinets in laundry room brought up to the ceiling

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 be more appropriate...

Then, a piece of 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!

Check the final Laundry Room reveal right here.

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


  1. 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

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

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

  4. 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!

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

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

  7. 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.

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

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

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

  11. Wonderful! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  12. 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?

  13. This is fabulous, Cristina. I love the look!

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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!


    PS I pinned this :)

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

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

  19. 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!

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

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