Friday, January 14, 2011

Finished the Trim on the Kitchen Cabinets

Just in time for the first Gitter Done party at Songbirds’, I got the kitchen cabinets trimmed out over the stove.

Now you probably know about all the other kitchen spruce ups I’ve been blogging about all week ( replacing tiles,  painting bead board and trim)  but not about the one thing that was bugging me the most, these stupid cabinets. 

They are really  just boxes I cobbled together to go on either side of the microwave/hood cabinet.   I needed a custom size to get the look I wanted and decided it couldn’t be that difficult to just do it myself.  (This was wayyyy back 7 years ago in case you were wondering.)



I threw together these boxes from scraps I had on hand and attached them to the wall figuring I would tackle the finish part later.  Why, I didn’t even bother to make my cuts straight.

Only later when I went to fix them and add trim,  I couldn’t get my head around exactly  how to go about it

The offsets were throwing me off.  After some failed attempts at adding crown molding to the top I just gave up. 

In this  picture you can see I just had a piece of crown in the front of the microwave cabinet, but couldn’t figure out how to do the return piece so I just left it hanging.


These were a total disaster. 

I simply tried to ignore them for all these years, carefully averting my eyes from these horrible, embarrassing cabinets.

When Marianne announced the upcoming Gitter Done! party,  I knew that this was what  I needed to tackle and gitter done once and for all.

I stopped at Home Depot and wandered the trim aisle searching for inspiration. 

I selected a few pieces that I thought might help to disguise my horrible carpentry.

And I went home and got started.

At 7:00 pm.

Surprisingly, it started to come together.  By the end of the night the crooked side and bottom edges were suitably disguised.


After filling the gaps with caulk and then adding a coat of primer I stood back and admired my work. 

Not great, I  never expected it would be, but it would do. 



Now I just needed to tackle the difficult crown molding cuts on top of the cabinets.

The next night after work I gathered the crown molding pieces together and got started. 

After 2 cuts it became obvious to me that the very tall crown molding I was trying to cut just would not work. 

On to Plan B; I had a different piece of trim, but it didn’t match what was used in the rest of the kitchen. 

Oh, well.

I decided to go for it. 

And this time it worked! 

Oh, it’s not anything resembling perfect.  But it was close enough that some caulk would hide the worst of the mistakes and that was ok by me.


I put a coat of paint on the cabinets and called it done!

You can see here how it doesn’t match the crown in the rest of the room. 


Ask me if I care. ;)



Thanks for the nudge Marianne.  I‘ve got a lot more of these little jobs that need doing. 

Looks like I’ll be participating in many more Gitter Done parties.




I’m also linking up to Gail’s Catch As Catch Can party @ My Repurposed Life….check it out!


  1. I think you did a great job rose! Love the new look, and I'm really loving that fork! (handle)
    Why do we put things off for so long? Rarely are they as difficult as we think they will be!
    link up! (if you haven't already)

  2. like the crown molding love the vodka

  3. I think they look sweet and cottagey! Is that OK?

    And kudos to you for finally getting to it! I know all about that myself!

    I love the fork, too. Thanks Gail for mentioning it. I didn't see it the first time!


  4. I had to go back and look to see what fork Gail was talking about. It is really cute. Rose I think you're your own worst critic. The cabinets look great.

    I have to tell you, my daughter recently found your blog through my blog list. She sent me an email the other day commenting about how she liked the way you used the wallpaper on the window you hung in the bathroom. Then she said "it's only 48 hours until Rose's party. God only knows what she's doing now". lol

  5. It all looks terrific Rose.

    I agree with Granny, you are your own worst critic... you do more than most of us would dream of doing. I love that you don't let things intimidate you,you just go for... pat yourself on the back, you deserve it. It is all looking fabulous. Sit back and enjoy it.

    I love the new look and who said things have to be matchy-matchy. It adds a little interest.

    I bet you are going to either be sorry or glad your party is over... look at what you have accomplished in such a short time.

    Can't wait to see what you are up to next.

    Have a great weekend and enjoy your party and stop looking at the flaws, look at the big picture. xo

    Hugs, Deb

  6. Great job Rose, gee we are thinking if money allows that we will do some renovating in our kitchen in about 5 then you will be a pro so I will expect a quote from you when we are ready, LOL. You are brave to tackle projects like that!

  7. Love the "cottage" feel you have going on here...looks outstanding! Hope you have a great day:)


  8. I love that you start a project at 7pm! I always get some snide comment from my hubby when I do this. You're doing what? Now? Looks great Rose and I wouldn't have noticed the difference if you had not pointed it out. Trim and caulk, hides all!

  9. I think you did a fantastic job! Someday I hope to be as creative as you.

  10. Wow that looks difficult, but you did it and it looks perfect. So now what? You keep staring at the top of your cabinets, totally happy about your finished crown molding? You should!!!

  11. Well I could not join the gitter done party, because me gotter nothing done LOL!~ Well you must be happy with your accomplishments here...looks great.
    Thanks so much for your input,it was extremely valuable to the conversation...and I do hope the newbs read it LOL!!~ Have a great day. Debbie

  12. I think it looks great! Most people aren't going to notice that the trim doesn't match because it's all the same color.

    The fork handle is pretty cool!

  13. Thanks so much for stopping by and saying hi. I'm glad to have found your blog. There is so much I can learn from you!!! You're amazing. I don't think I'd ever have attempted this, but you did a wonderful job!! I'm so impressed. I'm following too...I want to learn more :-)
    Have a wonderful week.


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