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How to Build Upper Kitchen Cabinets

CEO Khai Intela
Are you looking to renovate your kitchen and add a touch of elegance to it? One of the first steps in transforming your kitchen is to build upper cabinets that not only maximize storage but...

Are you looking to renovate your kitchen and add a touch of elegance to it? One of the first steps in transforming your kitchen is to build upper cabinets that not only maximize storage but also elevate the visual appeal of the room. In this article, we will guide you through the process of building upper kitchen cabinets, allowing you to create a more spacious and stylish kitchen.

Instructions for Building Upper Cabinet Boxes

To get started, you'll need a few materials and tools:

  • Wood glue
  • Wood filler
  • ¾-inch plywood to build the cabinet boxes
  • 1 ¼-inch coarse thread pocket hole screws to assemble the cabinet box and face frames
  • 1x2x8 boards to make the stiles and rails of the face frame
  • 1x3x8 boards or sized to the width of lower cabinet rails
  • 1x6x8 boards for the cabinet face frame
  • Crown molding to cover the gap between the cabinet boxes and ceiling
  • Cabinet doors
  • Glass sized to fit cabinet door openings

Now, let's dive into the steps:

  1. Measure and Cut: Begin by measuring the depth and width of your cabinets. Using a sheet of plywood, cut strips to the desired dimensions, considering the face frames and filler strips.

  2. Drill and Assemble: Lay out the parts and drill pocket holes around the back wall's perimeter and at the top and bottom of the side walls. Use glue and pocket hole screws to attach the back to the bottom board, and then add the sides. Cap the assembly with the top board.

  3. Repeat and Connect: Repeat the assembly process for the rest of the cabinets along the fridge wall. For the cabinets on the microwave wall, create one long assembly, placing dividers where the individual cabinets connect.

  4. Install and Build Face Frames: Screw through the back wall to install the boxes in place, attaching them to the cabinet's frame below. Next, build face frames using glue and pocket hole screws. Customize the width of the stiles to account for filler strips or where two cabinets meet.

  5. Add Finishing Touches: After completing the face frames, glue and nail them to the front of the boxes. Remove the raised countertop and build end caps to create the illusion of an island. To finalize the look, add a corner shelf and top the entire room with crown molding.

Illustration of Cabinets Each frame consisted of a 1x2 bottom board, a 1x6 top board (to create a nailer for the crown molding), and vertical side and center stiles. Aligning these with the vertical pieces on the existing cabinets is the key to the door placement. - Jenn Largesse

And just like that, your kitchen goes from dark and cramped to bright and airy. You'll be amazed at how much bigger the space feels.

To complete your kitchen renovation, you can remove the pantry door to widen the opening, install new flooring to match the rest of your home, add a new backsplash, and build floating shelves for the new pantry. Consider working with companies like One Day Doors to install shaker French doors and enhance the space with new pendant lights.

Now that you have the instructions and materials, it's time to get started on building your upper kitchen cabinets. Enjoy the process and the transformation it brings to your kitchen space.

Note: Please make sure to adhere to safety guidelines and consult professionals if needed when working with tools and materials.

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