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.


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

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I painted the underside of mine.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 12:57AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

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.


After (backsplash unfinished):

Here is a link that might be useful: Ugly bottom

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 8:50AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

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

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 10:08AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

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

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 10:18AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

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
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Small Kitchen Reveal - Complete with total redo of the plan during!
It was hard to even begin to post since my kitchen...
Corian Countertop -Show your pics!
Hi, I'm considering installing a corian countertop...
Unusual granite
I have searched for other pictures of this granite....
am I being too picky?
Ok, is my perfectionism is out of control..... I bought...
Best mid (low?) range painted cabinet: Kemper, Medallion, Home Crest
Love this forum and would love to know anyone's experience...
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™