Your thoughts...cabinets to ceiling in remodel?
My broken range replacement is turning into a remodel (sound familiar?) and I am torn about how far to go. We've decided to replace the 14 yr old fridge that's had "issues" and the OTR micro w/ a good venting hood.
My cabinets are in great shape. They have Shaker style solid Maple doors, with a natural stain. As GW'ers know, they've become suntanned over time and are now nearly the same shade as my Oak floors. When we remove the micro and cab above for hood installation it will expose the sides which likely won't match the rest. Because of that, and that I'm thinking of retrofitting my big pantry cab doors so I can house a new microwave in there, I'm considering painting my cabinets and island.
If I do that, should I try to find a way to bring the cabinets to the ceiling - either by adding a custom cab piece to their tops or with trim and moulding? It's a look I prefer, but I wonder if it's worth the cost & effort just for the look. I'm 5'2" & cannot even access anything in my current top shelves w/out a step stool. My ceilings are 8ft. My kitchen is part of an open floor plan and there's no crown around the other rooms. Do you think the heavy crown trim will look top heavy?
A week ago I was leaning toward just getting new perimeter cabs, but we installed granite countertops (which I still like) 12 yrs. ago, and the layout, while not perfect, (I'd prefer drawers to cabs w/ shelves) has functioned well enough for me.
I'm inclined to just refresh my cabinets with paint, install the hood and backsplash, but I haven't seen any current kitchens where the cabinets don't go to the ceiling. Will I regret not taking that extra step in light of all the other work the "minor remodel" will entail?