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HandyMan103
Minor slop above frameless cabinets
HandyMan103

Sorry, the title should say Minor Slope........

Hello all. I am installing a set of new frameless cabinets in my kitchen. Measuring everything out, I have one corner of the kitchen ceiling that is one half an inch higher than the rest of the kitchen. Of course that is the corner I will be starting from, and the run in each direction is about 8 feet. The cabinets are designed to go all of the way to the ceiling, so I will be tight at the end of the runs, but the corner will have a half an inch gap to keep everything level. I am trying to decide if I should just lower the cabinets a couple of inches from the ceiling, or install a nailer on top of the cabinets and use a small crown or cove molding to hide the gap. Either way the cabinets will drop down a bit, and I am afraid the molding will still look bad as it will be off from the top of the cabinet doors at the higher points. For those of you that have done this in the past....which is the preferred method? Just leaving a small gap (2")above the cabinets all of the way around? Or hiding the gap with molding. It is a contemporary house, to a lost of angles and straight lines. In other words, a decorative crown molding will not fit with the rest of the house, so it will have to be a small straight strip or cove. Thanks for the help.

Mastercarpentry
Re: Minor slop above frameless cabinets
Mastercarpentry

Being the oddball can be lots of fun, so here I go with another one of my crazy ideas that sometimes works even if "it's the wrong way to do it".
Concept: a taper is not as easily seen between two distant surfaces as it is between two close ones

I've never met a plate or can which complained about being stored in a slightly out-of-level cabinet- have you? So if the ceiling is flat enough (should be as most are) what will happen if you follow it and to heck with the level? I doubt it will be visible except in the corner if two cabinets on adjacent walls meet there. You may have to compromise and go halfway, then use a slightly tapered 'lattice strip' at the top to hide the now-halved gap it covers- better than having all the taper which being perfectly level gives you. You may get lucky and find that the cabinets meet nicely enough simply following the ceiling. You will do best dry-fitting them all to see what you need to do- a bit of extra effort but it's an approach which may solve your problem that nobody but you and me will ever know about. When you're done, I'll bet your visitors will swoon over your beautiful cabinetry and I promise that the plates and cans will never complain- ever. If that ain't good enough then what is?

Concept: Follow the house even of the house is wrong because it looks better that way even when it ain't perfect.

Phil

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