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Extending Cabinets to Ceiling

by Chris on February 18, 2013

The laundry room remodel is moving along slowly but surely. Actually, more slowly than surely. It took me an eternity to find the right wall color, but I think I’ve found it! I thought I’d show you how we extended the cabinets to the ceiling to elongate the room a little bit. We went pretty standard in this room ’cause well…it’s a laundry room. However, the more time I spent in there, the more I wanted it to be prettied up.

So here’s where we started. Stock cabinets with a ton of space up above and laminate countertops. Don’t get me started on the sink. It wasn’t what I would have chosen–that’s for sure.

Laundry room before just a girl

Because I can’t make things simple, I wanted the cabinets on this wall split apart. I want to build some shelves in between the two cabinets, and I’m contemplating a tv. Stick with me here–just thinking out loud. I also didn’t want them to appear too top-heavy, so we moved the cabinets up a few inches first. That was fun.

Moving cabinets

The details are really pretty simplistic. We used some MDF sheets we already had that were cut to six inches. Since we were adding crown, the MDF didn’t need to go all the way to the ceiling. However, it needed some support to keep it up. The photo below shows that we put a little “stabilizer” piece behind it to nail the board to. This–with the crown also attached–would give it enough support to stay steady.

Cabinet extensions

We didn’t miter the edges of the MDF, but I would recommend it in a more visible room. I just figured no one’s going to notice in here–hopefully. Once the extension was secure, we attached some crown molding. Again, we used some finishing nails to secure it. And finally? I picked up some half round trim to cover the seam between the MDF and the original cabinet.

Adding height collage

The most difficult part of this entire project was finding a white paint to match the cabinets. The doors are just a tinge lighter than the frame (guess that’s what you get with stock?), so I’ve been going back and forth trying to match one only to find that it doesn’t match another. Gah! Annoying.

Cabinets to ceiling

However, the goal was achieved. It definitely gives it a more sophisticated look in here, and it draws the eye upward. It’s exactly what I wanted. It’s still quite a construction zone in there, but it’s coming along.

Extending cabinets to ceiling
It has already come a long way. Who knew a tiny little laundry room would end up being such a large project?

Laundry cabinets

The mood board for the room

Build washer and dryer pedestals

Replace laminate counter tops

Install and stain butcher block counter tops

Install undermount sink

Install new faucet

Install marble backsplash

Extend cabinets to ceiling

Build shelves connecting cabinets

Under-cabinet lighting

Paint room

Paint trim

Extend baseboards

Replace ceiling light

New rug

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