Painting underneath top cabinets

LeslieA0511March 27, 2014

Hello all! We're into year two of a very slow kitchen remodel - doing it all ourselves, finally finished laying a bamboo floor in the now open concept living/dining/kitchen. Looks spectacular!

I am currently painting the kitchen cabinets, but am wondering about painting the underneath part of the top cabinets. Do people do that? Am I just being OCD? I was sitting on the kitchen floor painting the bottom cabinets and noticed the underneath on the top cabinets looked goofy, but honestly you don't see it standing in the kitchen. Just wondering what everyone else does.

Thanks!

Here is a link that might be useful: Adora Cora Remodel Blog

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Errant_gw

I painted the underside of mine.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 12:57AM
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Texas_Gem

I sealed the underside of mine with poly but I didn't bother staining them.

Of course I have never sat on the floor looking up at my cabinets. I'm sure my young children see it all the time but they haven't said anything about it...thankfully. :)

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 1:43AM
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fouramblues

I've linked a thread of mine from a while ago with lots of good advice. I decided to paint rather than do something more difficult and expensive. It worked out nicely. Covering the UCL wires improved the look a lot too.

Before:

After (backsplash unfinished):

Here is a link that might be useful: Ugly bottom

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 8:50AM
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LeslieA0511

Thanks for the replies! I'm enjoying the other threads comments too.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 10:08AM
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scrappy25

4amblues, can you share what you used to cover your UCL wires? That looks great!

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 10:18AM
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fouramblues

Just a basic cord cover kit from HD, scrappy. I did have to cut off the connectors and a bit of the insulation from the wires in order to twist them together and wrap with electrical tape. (Ack, am I going to be chastised for code violations? My electrical engineer DH said it wouldn't burn the house down.) Otherwise the wires wouldn't have fit into the channels.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cord cover kit

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 10:38AM
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feisty68

I think that those little finishing touches make a big difference. If you have any seating in your kitchen area, the undersides will be visible. It always bugged me that my old upper cab undersides didn't match the rest. A painted surface is also easier to clean and freshen up - especially if you get "upsplash" like I do :/ .

Fouramblues, your kitchen is really lovely, and your cabinet undersides are too :)

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 11:31AM
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kateshome

We were going through the same dilemma a few days ago. We have a eating area in the kitchen and the bottom of the cabinets is quite visible and I wanted a more finished look. So my KD ordered panels for the bottoms. and then our contractor will cut circles in it to be able to recess puck like lights in those panels. But that means we have to have the wiring changed from regular voltage to low voltage!

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 11:43AM
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