Grow Cabinets Grow
Imagine me wiggling my nose, Samantha-style and getting my cabinets to grow a few inches.
In fact, don’t we all kinda wish we could have magical powers when it comes to DIY? Well, in this case I do. I just wiggle my keister and bada boom, Jeremy does whatever I want. JOKE. Sort of
Seriously though…these cabinets needed to grow about ten more inches to cover up the exhaust pipe from our vent hood.
As you can see, the tops of the cabinets were capped with a piece of small crown molding. This is a really easy way to give stock cabinetry a finished and more traditional look. Basically you just take a piece of crown the length of your cabinetry and attach it with a nail gun.
But in our case, our cabinets were too short to be capped off. They were short and orange…like Oompa Loompas (seriously why do we still not have lickable wallpaper?!)…and needed to be taller stat.
After a short explanation of what I wanted (and a napkin drawing), Jeremy picked up the following lumber:
- 2 studs – 2″x4″ $3 each
- 1 screen bead – 1/4″x 3/4″ $3
- 1 poplar board – 1″x8″x10″ $30
I asked him to use a ton of Liquid Nails and screw only the non-visible parts together. I mean, what is the point of having to fill screw holes if you don’t need to?! This is what he did…
First removed the crown molding carefully to reuse later. And then removed the little pieces of trim that was between the cabinet sides and the wall (you can throw these in your scrap pile for recycling into another project because you don’t need them for this!).
Then cut your studs into four parts (half each one) and make L’s. Then glue the poplar board onto the tall part of the L. This is not the best description…so just look at the photos and you’ll see what I mean. Clamp those suckers till they dry.
Then going from behind the poplar board, you want to screw down through the studs into your existing cabinetry. Predrill to prevent any splitting. Then use a nail gun to re-secure the crown.
You’ll then want to measure the length of the cabinets and new header to cut your screen bead and attach that as well.
(can you see that black screw a few inches inside the side on the opening of the cabinet fronts? Yeah. Jeremy has a thing about making sure everything is super secure. That’s evidence. Because apparently screws from behind weren’t enough.)
After more sanding and cleaning, it was painting time. We went with the Kilz Clean Start primer this time around on the cabinetry. Just like on the trim…it worked awesome.
And here is with the first coat. After the first coat, you want to caulk any gaps and cracks and then let it dry before more paint.
We used the leftover kitchen cabinet paint. It’s Benjamin Moore’s Advance in Simply White. It’s pertier than the cast of Magic Mike.
Some folks were asking what I was doing about laundry while the room was out of commission. Well…hitting up family and friends…and I made my first trip to the laundromat. It. was. interesting.
First of all…who knew it was so freaking expensive?! Twenty six quarters for a mega load washer?! Holy clean panties batman.
And who knew that there was an actual science to drying!? The things I learn every single day.
The women I met in there were really really helpful and I feel like I’m a better laundry-washer now that I met them. And that is saying something because I felt really confident in my stain removal skills. I also really really want a huge hanging rack in my laundry room now.
Downside of Laundromats? It’s a long wait for two little guys. Upside? Everything is a button, a slot for coins, or a swirling show of tumbling towels…it’s basically like a carnival where you come out with loads of fresh smelling clothing instead of a stuffed monkey and cotton candy on your shirt.
Thankfully Jer moved the washer and dryer back into our laundry room (umm…no the floor isn’t done but I didn’t want to keep spending the moolah or torture the boys) and we are officially caught back up on clean clothes. So yes mom….if there is an emergency situation and I’m caught in my underwear…they will be clean. not flattering mind you…but clean.