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stubits 04-09-2010 09:07 PM

Kitchen Cabinet Crown Molding
I am considering adding crown molding to my kitchen cabinets. Currently, the distance between the top of the cabinets and the ceiling is 12.5" which seems like a lot to me. Is that too much? What is optimal?

I am looking to do a two piece, perhaps two tone molding.

Any thoughts?

Ron6519 04-09-2010 09:24 PM

What does the distance above the cabinets have to do with your molding choice? The size of the molding would be based on the room size.
I'll make a assumption that the molding matches the cabinet finish? If that's the case you would either attach it to the cabinet top or you would have applied a matching soffit cover and applied the molding to the soffit/ceiling interface.

stubits 04-09-2010 09:32 PM

Thanks Ron.

The room isn't very large, just about 100 sq. ft., 10x10.

The cabinets are frameless, so my thinking was to install a nailer strip along the top of them. As I mentioned, I am thinking of doing a two tone, the cabinets are a very light color, but the room has darker brown accents, so the thought would be to install a dark vertical trim piece and then install a lighter crown molding to match the cabinets.

Ultimately, and perhaps obviously, we'd like the molding to reach the ceiling, hence I thought the distance between the cabinet and the ceiling might be important.

Ron6519 04-09-2010 09:56 PM

Whenever I've had a soffit of, 12"+/- with a crown molding, I've either installed a soffit cover that matched the cabinets with the matching crown or the soffit was painted and the crown was also painted.
It's just a personal choice. You just want to make sure the crown molding is in proportion to the space. If the setup you choose doesn't work for you visually after it's up a while, you can always make an adjustment. Painting would be the easiest modification.

oh'mike 04-10-2010 07:15 AM

Hi there,Go next door to contractor Talk and look at carpentry Picture Post------
My Solution to Cabinet Soffets - Contractor Talk - Professional Construction and Remodeling Forum

Something there might give you an inspiration--Mike--

stubits 04-10-2010 05:04 PM

Thanks Mike, that's a pretty nice look!

So, for a small room, 100 sq ft, what is a good size crown molding height?

oh'mike 04-10-2010 09:44 PM

3 1/2? Buy some samples and a roll of double faced tape. Put them up and see.

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