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Countertop flush with cabinet - no overhang

Posted by myboys1 (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 17, 13 at 11:10

I have a row of base Kitchen cabinets that is right next to a sliding patio door which has molding around it. I had planned to have the cabinets butt up against the door molding, but forgot about the overhang on the countertop. This an end row of cabinets that is open to a family room. There are no upper cabinets over them (a large window is above).
Would it look unfinished or unprofessional to have the quartz countertop be flush with the cabinet and there being no overhang at all? I can't find any pictures of this online or any articles talking about it. So perhaps it is never done or shouldn't be done.

I do not want to notch out the door trim for the countertop. I had this once before and did not like the look. The other choice is to have the cabinet stop 1/4" before the door trim allowing for that amount of countertop to butt up against the molding. But then that would leave a tiny little strip of wall between the end of the cabinet and the molding.

Not sure which is a better or more finished look. Is it "ok" to go without countertop overhang on an end cabinet? All opinions are greatly appreciated. Thanks!


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RE: Countertop flush with cabinet - no overhang

The countertops we removed were flush with the base cabinets. It looked ok, but I dearly love the additional 2" I have with properly installed countertops. My kitchen is small and every inch counts. The biggest disadvantage with flush cut is that any liquid that rolls off the counter, rolls down the front of the cabinets. That's a pain!


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RE: Countertop flush with cabinet - no overhang

Will your door hardware stick out farther than the countertop?


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RE: Countertop flush with cabinet - no overhang

I assume this is the side of the cabinet and the carcass and the countertop will be flush.

It's not the most ideal situation because flush means perfectly flush and with an overhang you have a bit of room for imperfection.

However, in this case I think it would look better to go flush rather than notch the trim around the door.

Also when you are this close to the door it is probably cleaner to have the cabinet go to the trim around the door than have a narrow slot of drywall 1" wide between the edge of the cabinet carcass and the trim underneath the small counter overhang.


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RE: Countertop flush with cabinet - no overhang

Yes, I am referring to the side of the end cabinet where there is only a cover panel and no doors/drawers - not the front where the doors and handles are. That area will have the standard overhang for drips.

The kitchen is small (10x11) and every inch counts. I agree that a flush cut will not "hide" any imperfections which is not ideal...so not sure which is worse: no overhang or the tiny little strip of drywall. Anyone have any pictures of these choices?

One last option is to install a cabinet that is 3" smaller but then that side of the kitchen would end up shorter and there would be less counter and cabinet. Then I could have an overhang and I wouldn't have that tiny strip of drywall. But every inch in a kitchen counts so not sure about that choice.

Does anyone know how much overhang there should be on the ends of cabinets where there are no drawers/doors? Is it less than on the fronts? 1/4"? 1/2" ? Thanks again


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RE: Countertop flush with cabinet - no overhang

As a former professional kitchen designer, the reveal on the end of the cabinet is not set in stone in my opinion. I would typically leave anywhere between 1/4" up to 1 1/2" depending on the situation. A flush cut on the end as you describe should not be much of a problem and might look fine if there is not too much of a detail in the edge treatment on that side. I would make it a flat edge with possibly an eased top edge. That's my two cents... Dino Rachiele


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RE: Countertop flush with cabinet - no overhang

I don't think it would be much of a problem.

I've seen pictures of countertop installations which are flush above cabinets everywhere. Here is one.

One of the problems of not having sufficient overhang is spills going down the cabinet face, but since this is only for the side I don't see it being an issue.


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"The other choice is to have the cabinet stop 1/4" before the door trim allowing for that amount of countertop to butt up against the molding. But then that would leave a tiny little strip of wall between the end of the cabinet and the molding. "

Can you use a strip of cabinet filler (same color, wood) to fill the 1/4" gap?


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RE: Countertop flush with cabinet - no overhang

i agree with others - since it's the side, it wouldn't bother me to have it flush. Seems best option.


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RE: Countertop flush with cabinet - no overhang

You can do flush, or you can "notch" the quartz. That is what I opted to do for the overhang of my bathroom vanity counter and door trim. They just cut a corner off the granite.
Mine was on the front though, not the side. And, I only notched about 1/2 " of a normal overhang amount.
But, notching the quartz is another option (it looks finished to me, and not like an accident either...since it is shaped around the trim.)


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RE: Countertop flush with cabinet - no overhang

Thanks for all of your answers and input. And for the "flush" picture!

p.s. my kitchen style is modern with clean lines. The front edge overhang will be square (or straight) without any bevels or curves.


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