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The Secret Ingredient for Your Kitchen Cabinets: Three Types of Decorative Molding

by Melissa Bullard
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If you're refacing your kitchen cabinets, you may want to consider adding various types of molding to your cabinets. Cabinet molding can complete the look of your kitchen by adding dimension, depth, and detail to your cabinets. It draws the eye upward and downward, adding architectural detail to what was once just a line between the tops and bottoms of the cabinets and the rest of the room. So if you're wondering how to complement your kitchen cabinet refacing job with cabinet molding, consider the three common types below.

Molding for Kitchen Cabinet Refacers

  1. Crown molding: Crown molding can make the overall appearance of the kitchen cabinets more unified and complete, because it gives the cabinets a visual end point. However, crown molding must match your cabinets exactly and be properly installed to have the best effect on your kitchen. Unless you're pretty good with do-it-yourself projects and have a lot of experience in carpentry, it's best to get an expert to install your crown molding. Crown molding that is purchased separately from the kitchen cabinets must be trimmed to the right size, and the angles on the crown molding have to account for any irregularity in the level of your kitchen cabinet boxes, which involves precise measuring and compound angles.
  2. Wooden Valance: If you have a window in your kitchen that creates blank space between two sets of upper cabinets, you may want to unify the look by adding a wooden valance. A valance is simply a piece of carved wood that goes over the top of the window between the two cabinets. This can visually bring together the cabinets and create a better flow in your kitchen.
  3. Bun Feet: You can place these round feet at the corners of bottom cabinets to give them a furniture look. If your cabinet refacing job involves painting your cabinets, make sure to paint the inside of the toe kick a slightly darker color than the rest of the cabinets. This makes your toe kick recede visually to give the illusion that your cabinets are actually resting on the feet.

If you decide to make these decorative moldings a part of your kitchen cabinet refacing job, choose your crown molding, wooden valance, or bun feet at the same time that you choose the new veneer, doors, and drawers for your kitchen cabinets. That way the additions should be the same color and finish as the veneer on your kitchen cabinets, and you are more likely to end up with a new, high-end look for your kitchen.



About the Author
Melissa Bullard earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, then a Master's Degree in Spanish Language and Literatures from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has taught writing, literature, and Spanish classes, and is currently working as a fre




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