Learn how to extend your kitchen cabinets to the ceiling in this easy DIY guide. Discover the benefits, step-by-step instructions, and essential tips for creating a cohesive and spacious kitchen.
We are really into extending things and making them look bigger. We nailed it when we extended our fireplace to the ceiling and made the room look so much taller.
We also just extended our lower kitchen cabinets by adding open shelving and a tilt out trash can. But the newest thing we did was extend our upper kitchen cabinets to the ceiling using one piece of wood.
Benefits of extending kitchen cabinets to the ceiling
If you are planning to update your kitchen, extending your cabinets might not be the first project on your list. But, it is a great way to have a big impact for little cost. Some potential benefits to consider include:
- draws the eye upward and makes space look larger
- increased storage space
- elimination of dust-collecting areas above the cabinets
- can make kitchen feel more cohesive and grand
How to extend kitchen cabinets to the ceiling
This project is easy to do. We were extending the crown molding into the kitchen that we put up in the rest of our first floor and wanted to take the time to add height instead of just running the crown molding behind the cabinets.
Necessary tools and materials:
- 1″x12″ board
- Crown molding
- Nail gun
- Paint + brush
Preparing the cabinets
Before extending the cabinets, it’s essential to prepare them properly. Use pliers or a pry bar to remove any existing crown molding or trim.
Clean and sand the cabinets to ensure a smooth surface for attaching the extension boards, if the top of the cabinet needs it.
Measuring and cutting the extension boards
Carefully and accurately measure the height and width of the cabinets to determine the size of the extension boards needed.
We chose to place one board on each “seam” between cabinent boxes and on the ends. You will also need enough molding to wrap the cabinet top horizontally – including the front and sides.
Build the extension
First, I got a six foot 1×12 board and cut it into four 12 inch sections.
Using L-brackets and a nail gun we attached them to the top of the cabinets and the wall.
To do this, screw one end of the bracket to the base of the cabinet and the other to the board you just cut. Repeat as needed until it feels secure.
Add crown molding
Then, we ran the crown molding around the front of these and shot nails into the boards to make it look like they were part of the cabinets.
If your room has crown molding already, choose molding that matches. Otherwise, choose one with a design that you prefer.
Don’t forget to finish the extended cabinets to achieve a cohesive look.
Before painting, you can use caulk or wood filler to fill any gaps or nail holes. Then, sand and paint.
We painted our extension to match our cabinet color.
We painted the inside and out the same color as the cabinets and voila they all look like one.
Now the cabinets look SO TALL and it makes it feel like we have so much more height in our kitchen!
A lot of people have asked us for advice on how to decorate over your kitchen cabinets – honestly, I think that extending the cabinets to the ceiling looks much nicer than filling the gap with fake plants!
I hope that we were able to show you how easy it is to extend your kitchen cabinets to the ceiling.
Does the gap between your upper cabinets and the ceiling bother you? Here's how to make it look purposeful by extending your kitchen cabinets to the ceiling.
- 1×12 board
- paint or stain to match cabinets
- crown molding
- L brackets
- flat brackets
- nail gun
- paint brush
- Measure from the top of your cabinet to the ceiling. Ours was 12 inches.
- Cut your board to that length. Cut as many of these as you want - we did 4.
- Place the boards vertically as you want them to go over your cabinets.
- Use a nail gun to nail through the boards into the cabinets and ceiling.
- Drill a flat bracket or L bracket into each board and use it to connect to the top of the cabinets.
- Run crown molding across the top and nail into the vertical boards.
- Paint to match cabinets.
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