How To Install Cabinet Molding

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We’re spending some time celebrating our 7 year anniversary and a birthday this week, so we thought we’d pull up a popular post from the past for today’s how-to party. It’s the one about making your builder-grade kitchen cabinets look a little more custom by adding MDF boards and molding. Here’s what our upper cabinets looked like the day we moved in…

And here are a couple shots of the molding I used to make them taller…

It’s just 1″x6″ pre-primed MDF, some 3″ crown molding, and some small, wood decorative trim moulding.

I used our Ryobi compound miter saw to make all the cuts. It was the cheapest one in the store, but it always seems to get the job done!

All of the cuts had to be made holding the molding at an angle. It took me a minute (and a few pieces of molding!) to figure that out!

I didn’t have a nail gun when I did this project back in 2007, so I just used wood glue to hold everything together. It’s actually extremely strong and since we didn’t plan on hanging from the tops of our cabinets, it ended up working just fine…

This is a shot of the cabinets above the stove, after we painted them black, and before I started adding molding to them…

And here’s what the cabinet on the left looked like after I attached the first 1″x6″s, and the first piece of crown molding…

And here it is, with everything all taped in place…

After all the glue had dried, I caulked everything with a type of caulk that starts out pink and dries white…

Here’s a photo that shows all the MDF pieces in place…

After that, I used some small, decorative wood trim to hide the seam between the cabinet and the 1″x6″. The miters are a lot easier to cut on these little guys, because the trim sits flush to the cabinet. It doesn’t stick out at a 45 degree angle like the crown does.

Here is it all painted out…

And here it is all RE-painted out today…

For more info on the kitchen- check out theOur Housetab at the top of our blog!


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  1. says

    what will you think of next? who knows, but I know I’ll LOVE IT! Hard to choose between my fav: making a “oh no not those cabinets” kitchen into “Ooo la la I love it’ OR how you made my favorite 1234 PB cabinets. Tough choice. Thank you for always inspiring & having great taste. Now, if I could just get my hubby on board to learn how to build stuff! Other than amazing food that is…..HA!
    Your creativity inspires. Thank you. Truly.
    Ada in Coastal Cali
    PS-praying for you guys & your adoption too, been thru it with friends & its is a LONG process…but oh so worth it. :)

  2. says

    Happy Anniversary! Happy Birthday! Kevin, thanks so much for posting this information! We were wanting to make our old kitchen cabinets look more modern and I think I really love what you’ve done here! Greatness Sir! :)

  3. Jennifer says

    Hi- this is off topic (the cabinets look great!)- where did you find your wicker chairs? I love them!


    • says

      Hi Jennifer!

      The chairs came from Ikea. I can’t remember what they’re called, but Layla is about to finish up the the dining room section of “Our House” tab at the top of the blog. So it should be up soon! Hope that helps a little. :)

  4. says

    Happy {belated} birthday and anniversary! We will be celebrating our 7th this year too in a few days. :) Love the “How-tos”…keep ’em coming. :)

  5. Nicole says

    We have been working on the cabinet molding all week and it looks fabulous!!! We removed the cabinet doors when we refinished the kitchen last year, but they looked unfinished. Thanks for the tutorial! It really helped to inspire us to tackle this project! (Note: it took all week because of 3 kids and a questionable mitre box!)

  6. Randy Arnold says

    Where have all these good ideas been hiding. I’m trying to learn how to Pinterest and it is fantastic. Your blog is so inspiring.
    Randy Arnold
    Whitehouse, Tx

  7. Kathy M. says

    I am SO in love with your Blog. Thanks for your sharing your talents and being such an inspiration!

  8. Stacy Jacob says

    Thank you for posting this how-to! I am finally ready to do this to my cabinets (after putting it off since you posted this several years ago!). How did you attach the 1×6’s to the cabinets? Did you just glue it or use brackets?

    Thank you!

  9. Mary H says

    Love the idea of adding height to the builder grade cabinets.

    Question: how did you attach the 1 x 6 to the top of the cabinet? Did you use some sort of bracket? Please post or send reply!

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