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Gap between cabinets and ceiling

Posted by trailrunner_rockies (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 30, 13 at 0:06

We have 30 in cabinets (they actually measure about 31in from top to bottom). We are replacing the 8ft fluorescent bulbs and lowered ceiling with recessed lighting and perhaps a fixture. I know that often people use molding to fill the gap between the ceiling and the tops of the cabinets, but I haven't seen more than six inches of molding. We have eight inches between the cabinets and ceiling, and while I would love to replace the cabinets, it's just not in the budget right now.

So, what do I do? Eight inches isn't much space between cabinets and ceiling, so it might look odd. Would it be better or worse to fill that gap with molding? Any creative solutions?


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RE: Gap between cabinets and ceiling

We added a soffit to fill the gap between the tops of our cabinets and the ceiling--didn't like the idea of cleaning up there and thought it would look uneven. I think it looks fine--here's a picture:  photo IMG_1724_zpsb6ba103b.jpg


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RE: Gap between cabinets and ceiling

I think an 8-inch molding would look fine on a 36" or taller cabinet, but a little large above a 30.

I think you'd also have trouble getting it to blend nicely with the built-in molding on your existing cabinets.

Does the molding on your cabinets come off?

You might try a crown molding that doesn't reach the ceiling... maybe four inches, then another crown molding, perhaps painted, in the wall/ceiling corner.

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RE: Gap between cabinets and ceiling

We did a crown molding and flat trim combo to fill the gap. It's a little less overwhelming than all crown. I don't have a great picture, but you can see it below. We got the idea from a friend's kitchen that had a full 4" of the flat trim before their smaller crown started. It turned out that it was a good thing we planned on the flat trim because our ceiling level varied considerably and the flexibility in the height of the flat trim disguises a multitude of sins.

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RE: Gap between cabinets and ceiling

We will have 36 in cabs, but a flat filler before the crown starts. It will all be tha same wood/stain so it won't stick out. You may want to check into that using a somewhat larger but less complicated crown. 6-8 in of a very ornate crown might not look right, but a flat piece with 4 in might be ok, depends on the look.


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RE: Gap between cabinets and ceiling

I think a flat filler with a crown is a good solution, just as williamsem suggested.

You could also try to use base board trim flip it upside down and then add a smaller crown. You can get some more detail without having to do a large crown and it won't be as plain as just a straight filler. I think it depends on the look you're going for.


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RE: Gap between cabinets and ceiling

Here's an example where a flat piece has been added to the top before some crown.

Here is a link that might be useful: cabinet alteration


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RE: Gap between cabinets and ceiling

We have 36" cabinets and opted to have a deep trim molding along the top.


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RE: Gap between cabinets and ceiling

jaynees...may I ask your ceiling height please ..thanks


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