Many of you have an empty space above your kitchen cabinets.  You know that wasted space between the top of the kitchen cabinets and the ceiling?

Or it is filled in, the construction term is fur down, to cover AC duct work, plumbing and/or electrical.  Sometimes it is filled in and nothing is behind it.  Our home had the space filled in.

Cabinet design trends have started featuring taller cabinets and small cabinets above your standard cabinets to create extra storage and to use that empty space close to the ceiling.  If new cabinets could have fit into our budget, I would love to have cabinets a little higher and taller.  But no such luck so I had to work with the existing cabinets.  They are solid wood and were in good condition but the fur down above them drove me crazy! My vision was to hide the fur down to give  the illusion our cabinets were built to the ceiling was making the space feel taller and in with current design.
The before pictures.


While researching ideas for the kitchen reno, I came across this tutorial on Remodelando la Casa  and loved her final look and how she used inexpensive moldings to get a custom, high end look.  I went to Home Depot and found two moldings, a crown and medium chair rail, that coordinating together and had a classic look. Now to prep the wall.

The first step to hid the fur down was to fill in the texture.  It needs to be flat and smooth just like the cabinets.  I used Sheetrock Ready-Mixed All-Purpose Drywall Joint Compound as the filler.  Spread a light layer all over with a wide, flat puddy knife.  Let it dry completely.  Then sand, fill some more, let dry, and sand again.  I did several thin layers until the texture was filled in and smooth.

Then we moved on to the moulding.  I went with a 3 5/8 inch crown moulding (nothing crazy) and a chair rail moulding for the middle.  Both are extended throughout the kitchen where there is fur down and the crown moulding is extended through to the dining area.  We will be adding crown moulding to all the rooms in the house eventually.

SIDE NOTE:  This was our first time doing crown molding.  There are several tutorials and charts on Pinterest but most new saws come with a small chart and the degrees identified on them.  A sharp blade and a protractor to measure the angles are also recommended.  Not all corners are 90 degrees.  🙂

Once the molding were up, I caulked all the seems and filled all nail holes/marks.  I made sure everything was sanded smooth, cleaned well, and then painted.

LOVE!!!!  Our cabinets have entered this decade and look expensive on a budget!  A DIYer’s dream.

DESIGN IDEA:  You can use moulding to change your cabinet doors, too.  I did not do this but if you are wanting to update your kitchen without replacing cabinets, adding moulding is a great way to do it.



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