We would like to add stacked cabinets on top of our existing frameless cabinets, but the cabinet maker I'm working with says they would look like an after thought because it would be very difficult to get the trim/side panels lined up properly. There is no way to put continuous trim panels up without disassembling the entire kitchen and we don't want to do that. All of the cabinets will be painted. Any suggestions?
Take the crown off, put a break molding on, add stacked cabinets, put crown back on.
The break molding can be something as simple as a piece of 3/4" flat stock with something routered into the edge. This allows a separate panel for the top cabinets as the panel is separated by the break mold.
Jim, I don't think he doesn't want the job because he's already agreed to remodel a portion of the island with new cabinets/custom doors to match the existing doors in the kitchen and is planning to add new crown and light rail. Alan, I think you're right. The trim piece should work. I'm going to meet with another company tomorrow to get another opinion. Thanks, guys!
The windows would look odd stuck back between the cabinets.
At the oven corner it looks as if the cabinet would stick out past the soffit. This would look like a mistake unless you redid the soffit.
Also the continuous cabinet set back at the microwave. Up to the ceiling, would look out of place.
Rich, we are having all the cabinets painted. Not sure what you mean by a staggered seam, but if you are referring to the one staggered cabinet, we plan to lower it by removing the 12" box below it. Duster, I came here because I was looking for expert advice. Not sure I'd get better advice anywhere else.
Your cabinets are framed full overlay, so if you go the moulding route, you'll be putiing the proposed added trim in between, not face mounted per photo of inset kitchen. While the trim idea seems most logical, I'd keep it simple -- 3/4 x 1-1/2 with eased edges (similar to end panel of center cabinet, now higher and deeper than flanking cabinets). "A" question ... you said you'll be removing the 12" high cabinet below it and lowering that cabinet. What about end panels and depth of that unit? Maybe I missed that.
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