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Should I add crown molding to tops of ugly cabinets??
jenniruthjames
January 10, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Help! I need to update my new kitchen. Do you think i should add crown molding to tops before painting? I would like to paint & antique them white, but I don't think the black appliances will go with? Also want to paint walls & new countertops. Ceiling is cathedral.
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creeser
If you're going with an antique white and a more traditional look, I think it would look nice to have the crown molding. New hardware will add a lot to the look of the cabinets as well. Having black appliances with the antique white would stand out too much. Another option would be to stain them a dark coffee color and keep the black appliances.
January 10, 2013 at 4:29AM     
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Deborah Butler, Brickwood Builders
I can't tell for sure from the pictures but it appears there is a soffit above most of the cabinets. Is this correct? If so, then there is not enough room between the top of the doors and the soffit to install a crown. If it is an illusion in the picture, then yes, install them before painting. A nice cove crown would look good with the simple lines of the cabinets.
January 10, 2013 at 4:34AM     
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All 4 Show, LLC
The antique white might be too much of a stark contrast between the cabinets and appliances. I agree with Creeser that crown should be added too! What about instead of white going with a creamy light beige or a light taupe color?
January 10, 2013 at 4:37AM     
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All 4 Show, LLC
January 10, 2013 at 4:40AM     
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Nancy Hehmann
I think a creamy white would look good with black appliances!
January 10, 2013 at 5:11AM   
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jenniruthjames
I love having someplace to get advice! Deborah, it is an illusion. There is not a soffit. The ceiling is cathedral or pitched (not sure of correct term). (See new pic) Thanks for helping. I am also going to do another post pics of living & dining. It's an odd but cool house.
January 10, 2013 at 6:47AM   
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Deborah Butler, Brickwood Builders
Wonderful. Go for the crown then. It will add so much to the look.
January 10, 2013 at 7:33AM   
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Stoneshop
Yes, I would definately add the crown molding. It really gives some extra presence, and it is a beautiful architectural detail.
January 10, 2013 at 7:43AM     
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Dytecture
I am voting for not putting crown molding above the upper cabinets as the entire kitchen looks quite clean and minimal. Not crazy about the light color around the door inserts.
January 10, 2013 at 7:51AM     
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STUDIO MB
No crown. It's a clean look but do add stainless steel hardware, will make a huge difference/
January 10, 2013 at 7:55AM     
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Susan Jablon Mosaics
Hi jenniruthjames!
What kind of surface is on the walls behind your cabinets? From the photo you just posted, it looks like there is an large blank space above your sink. Have you considered redoing the backsplash? You could extend whatever surface you choose up into that area to make it feel more finished. A beautiful glass tile could add a lot to this cool kitchen!
January 10, 2013 at 7:57AM     
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jenniruthjames
Dy, the home is 70's modern, so no crown might be way to go. I am planning to tile backsplash. Thanks everyone!!
January 10, 2013 at 8:21AM   
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tamirc6
If you want a more traditional style definitely put the crown molding up and new hardware. If you like a more contemporary leave off the crown molding and add stainless/brushed nickel hardware
January 10, 2013 at 9:47AM     
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