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posted by Ana White

Hi everyone!

I'm really excited today to share with you how we installed crown moulding on top of the wall kitchen cabinets - finishing out the seam between the top of the cabinets and the ceiling.  

But before we get to that - don't forget - today's the day! 

The Home Depot Do-It Herself Workshop - featuring a storage trunk plan designed by me (it super simple so very beginner friendly) is happening tonight!!!

You can register here to attend your local Do-It-Herself Workshop at your local Home Depot!  Have fun tonight!  And please - if you instagram or tweet - use hashtag #DIHWORKSHOP so we can all see your pictures!!!  

Now for that crown moulding ...

One thing to note is we did modify the height of our kitchen cabinets to fill the space between the 54" standard bottom height and our ceiling height, and also leave room for the crown moulding we used.

Originally, we planned on just nailing the crown moulding to the top of the face frame, but this gives us just 3/4" to support nailing the crown to the face frame.  It probably would have been fine, but we worried the crown (which in our case does not get attached to the ceiling as well) would eventually fall forward and the corner mitered joints would start to open up.

So we decided to build up the top of the cabinet with 2x2 scrap boards.  This will give us more to nail into, and better support the crown.

We just cut the 2x2s about an inch or so shorter than the overall cabinet width, and predrilled holes in the top,

And then drove 2-1/2" cabinet screws through the 2x2s into the tops of the cabinets.

Here's the above the fridge cabinet with the extra support on top.

For the moulding, we used header moulding (the same as our doors and windows)

For mitered corners, we took pieces just a little long and held them in place and marked the short point of the miter,

Doing this on both sides, and then cutting the miter cuts at 45 degree bevels, and nailing those two side pieces up.

Then we took a measurement of the front, cut it a little long, fit it, shaved a tiny bit off, fit it again, and repeated until the front was just right,

And then we nailed the front crown on.

The main wall cabinets have the blocking on top too,

But the span is greater than the length of our moulding, so we start with a piece about 4 feet long (leaving a little less than 8 feet), cutting the end at a 45 degree bevel.

And then we nailed that piece up.  

By placing the smaller piece in the corner, and beveling away from the line of sight, this joint will be hard to pick out when the kitchen is fully finished (and it is).

Next up, the longer piece is nailed in place,

And then we added the final end piece to the wall cabinets, nailing it in place.

Of course, we went back and filled nail holes with wood filler, did touch up painting, siliconed the joints .... a lot of little things to get to here:

Doesn't the added crown really help finish things out?  And no more wondering how much grease and dust is collecting on top of the cabinets for this kitchen!

Next up, we'll get to the countertops, backsplash and the little finishing details to polish up a DIY kitchen!

Thanks for reading!

XO Ana + Family

posted by Ana White

After a couple of weeks of building kitchen cabinets and finishing them, I can't tell you how excited and eager I was for this day to come ...  Kitchen cabinet installation day!!!

Yep, this blank space is going to be a kitchen after today!

We are going to do the wall cabinets first.

First, we mark the height of the bottom of the wall cabinets.  Standard height is 54".

But we can't just mark 54" and pull a string line, because we can't guarantee with 100% certainty that the floor is perfectly level all the way across.  It's darn close.  But there's a better way to accurately level the cabinets on the wall.

So from the center mark, we use a level to draw a line across the wall where the kitchen cabinets are going to be hung.

Now if I hadn't been preggers, the Ram probably would have just muscled a cabinet in place and hollered at me to screw it to a stud in the wall.  Or maybe we are just getting smarter with age instead of stronger.

So we attached plywood scrap pieces (that were ripped very square) to the wall at the height of the cabinets.

And then double checked one more time for level all the way down.

We'll rest the cabinets on top of this cleat while screwing them to the wall.

But first, there's one more thing we are going to do to make this process even easier.  First we find the first stud in the wall and measure how far it is from the wall.

Then we mark this location on the back of the cabinet,

And predrilled holes all the way through the back of the cabinet at the stud locations.  That way when we go to hang the cabinets, we don't have to locate studs or predrill holes.  All we have to do is drive a screw through the predrilled holes.

Finally, we are ready to start hanging wall cabinets!

And it does require a muscling it in place, but once it's up there,

I can hold the cabinet in place - even being preggers - while the Ram places screws through the top cleat into studs in the wall.  

NOTE: We also placed screws through the bottom into studs in the wall.

Then we just worked our way over.  But the next cabinet is above the microhood so we have a few utility openings to cut out.

We cut the utility openings out with a jigsaw,

And the microhood cabinet is ready for installation.

It was definitely a little trickier getting this little guy hung without the cleat to rest it on, but we managed,

And then we got back to the easy cabinets, resting them on the cleats and screwing in place.

NOTE: We also screwed through the face frames and neighboring cabinets to attach cabinets together side to side (as we do below for the base cabinets).

Wall cabinets are hung!!!!  

Now on to the base cabinets.

We started with the lazy susan in the corner, 

And started stacking cabinets out from the corner.

Then we move to the other corner, 

To secure the cabinets together, we clamped the face frames,

And then predrilled holes through the face frame into the neighboring cabinet (inside view here) using a pilot bit,

And then used cabinet screws to attach through the predrilled holes the face frames of cabinets together.

This secures two cabinets together at the front, and minimizes any gaps between the face frames.

Remember that the face frames overextend the cabinet by 1/4" on each side?  We do this so you can line the cabinets face frames up, regardless of whether or not the sides line up (for example you have a crooked wall and your cabinets need to be installed slightly concave).  

To secure cabinets together at the backs we use shims to fill the gap and then place screws through the side, shim, and into the neighboring cabinet's side.

To keep the cabinets in place and also further support countertops, we screw the cabinets to studs in the wall behind the cabinets.  

And finally, we finish off the countertop supports by attaching cleats to the wall in the blind corner.

NOTE: Can you see the faint line above the cabinets?  We drew lines on the wall for top of countertop and used this line to make sure our base cabinets are level.  We ended up not having to shim under cabinets, but make sure you check cabinets for level and shim if you need to.

We also added a boxed in fridge and dishwasher end panel - so next up is .... countertops!!!!!  

Have you installed kitchen cabinets?  Did you do anything differently?  We'd love to hear your tips and tricks too!

XO Ana + Family

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