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Kitchen Cabinet Makeover – Install Crown Molding

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover - Install Crown Molding - Crown Corners Cut and End Beadboard

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover – Install Crown Molding

While window shopping at the Home Depot with my hubby, we stumbled by the kitchen section and I noticed how nice and grand the cabinets looked with crown molding. I was inspired.

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover - Install Crown Molding - Crown Inspiration


To say our current kitchen cabinets are uninspiring is an understatement, but who has thousands lying around to purchase their dream cabinets? So I decided to do the next best thing – undertake a kitchen cabinet makeover and install crown molding.

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover - Install Crown Molding -  - Which Crown to Select
This project is not as hard as it may seem. In fact, you may be able to get away with cutting the crown molding using a miter box, versus using an electric miter saw.

To get started you will need some materials:

Miter Saw (or miter box and hand saw)
Crown Molding
Kitchen Cabinet Measurements
Latex Caulk
Tape Measure
Ryobi Nail Gun
Helping Hand

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover – Install Crown Molding – Preparation

Our initial step in our kitchen cabinet makeover to install crown molding was to examine the top of our cabinets.

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover - Install Crown Molding - Cabinet Tops

You want to make sure you have enough of a kitchen cabinet surface to install the crown molding. Dry fit a small piece of crown to make sure you have something to nail to. In our situation we were fine; the bottom of the crown sat nicely against the kitchen cabinet frame leaving plenty of space for the doors to open. If you need more space to secure your crown molding to or want to create a layered crown molding effect you can create a frame that sits atop of your kitchen cabinets and will allow you to nail the crown molding to.

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover – Install Crown Molding – Measuring

Like any DIY project, measuring is a necessity to ensure when you install crown molding you get a nice tight fit. Our kitchen cabinets are in an “L” shape and all corners are 45 degree angles. Facing the kitchen, we started with the far left cabinet. The first piece of crown had a left side straight cut, while the right side was an outside corner cut. The second piece of crown had a left outside cut and a right inside cut. The final piece of crown molding had a left inside cut and a right straight cut.

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover - Install Crown Molding - Inside Corner

Draw a diagram of your kitchen cabinets and write down both the measurements and whether you are cuts are inside or outside corners. Whether or not the corners are inside or outside matters because on an inside corner your measurement refers to long point of the miter cut, while on an outside corner, the measurement is the shortest point of the cut. If this seems odd, cut your first piece and you will see what I mean.

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover – Install Crown Molding – Cutting your Crown Molding

Now for the fun part, cut your crown. I recommend using a miter saw. The trick is to cut the crown upside down on your miter saw. This seems counter intuitive, but it really works. The next trick is to create a set of temporary fences, one for the back of your saw and one for your saw base. Creating these fences ensure your crown always rests in the same position, which creates consistent crown cuts. Kreg also creates a crown pro saw jig.

With your fences in place, it is now time to cut your crown. The next tip and trick is to cut your crown upside down while cradled in your crown fence. I strongly recommend you cut four sample crown pieces and label each one to indicate the type of cut it represents (1. Left side inside cut; 2. Left side outside cut; 3. Right side inside cut; 4. Right side outside cut). With these sample crown pieces, it becomes much easier to visualize which cut you need to make, especially since you are cutting your crown upside.

The final tip and trick for installing crown molding is to leave the line when cutting your crown. That means, when you mark your measurement on the crown, leave your mark in place. It is much easier to trim several times then start with a new piece because you cut too short. We had two final items we added, which you can see in the pictures. We installed a lower trim and we added a left side bead board. Since the lower trim was not crown, it is much easier to cut simple 45 degree angles.

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover - Install Crown Molding - Crown Installed

In a few short hours, we converted our boring kitchen cabinets into something custom and unique for our home.  If you need more inspiration, checkout this link from Bob Vila.  We hope you enjoy.

Under Cabinet Drawers

Under Cabinet Drawers - Wonderful storage

Under Cabinet Drawers

Hi Everyone!!!  Right now it’s all about storage in our shop today as we show you how we increased our kitchen storage using Under Cabinet Drawers.  What are these drawers I speak of you ask? – Only the greatest thing since slide bread!

Under Cabinet Drawers - Wonderful storage

Living in a small space requires you to figure out how to use every single inch of unused space.  We brought you posts to complete in between the stud cabinets featured in our Master Bathroom Storage post listed on Bob Vila Nation a while back.  It was an awesome space saver giving us room to move around in a small bathroom without the cabinet hanging on the wall.

Today we teamed up with our good friends over at D. Lawless Hardware to bring you Under Cabinet Drawers for your kitchen space.  If you are not familiar with D. Lawless Hardware, you need to be.  They sell a large range of needed things from drawer pulls to drawer glides, which they furnished for today’s post.  They ship directly to your door making it super easy to get your projects planned and implemented so you can start using that lost space.

If you recall last week we installed a Sear’s trash compactor in a retro fitted kitchen cabinet.    It was a choice I do not regret, but since I lost some cabinet space, I need to find a way to reclaim it.  I needed storage for all the baggies and stuff that lived inside that half of the cabinet, which started my research into motion.  I got lucky with a Family Handyman article that provided nice DIY project instructions for completing the Under Cabinet Drawers DIY Project.

The Under Cabinet Drawers, also called Toe Kick Drawers, provide 4” of storage under cabinet storage space for things like baggie storage, cookie sheets, lids for pots and pans and oven mitts and towels.  You cannot beat a drawer and if you can put it where no one knows it’s there it’s like having a secret when your guest watches glide the drawer out.

Here’s what you will need to complete the drawers:

Materials List

1 – 2’ x 4’ sheet of ¾” birch plywood for the drawer sides (we built four drawers that ranged between 15” and 34”)

1 – 4’x8’ sheet of ¼” birch plywood for the drawer and cradle bottoms

12’ of 1×4 pine for the cradle sides

Drawer pulls

Wood glue

5/8” and 1 3/16” nails (We use a Ryobi nail gun.  If you use brad nails be sure to pilot to prevent splitting your wood)

4 sets of 18” full extension side mount drawer glides (We used 18” Length Quantum Full Extension Ball Bearing Slide provided by D Lawless Hardware)

Hardwood for the drawer fronts – 3 ¾” (Cut to size depending on your under counter space)

What we did to build the drawers:

The first part of this Under Cabinet Drawers build requires you to remove the toe kick and under cabinet fronts so you can determine your cabinet measurements.  As suggested by the Family Handyman article you only need three measurements, the under cabinet width, depth and height.  This will allow you to determine the measurements for your Under Cabinet Drawers and the special cradle that makes all this possible.

Under Cabinet Drawers - Remove Toe Kick and cut drawer sides

With your measurements in hand it was time to start cutting the drawer sides.  Luckily we had several partial sheets of 3/4” birch plywood from other projects.  Using an assembly line approach, we ripped all our under cabinet drawer sides to 3” and cut the drawer fronts and sides to length.  The drawers were attached with Titebond glue and 1 3/16” nails and our Ryobi nail gun.  Before attaching the drawer bottoms, we slide the drawers under the cabinet for a dry fit.  Perfect!

Under Cabinet Drawers - Build the drawer sides

The drawer bottoms were made from ¼” birch ply.  We purchased four 2×4 sheets from The Home Depot.  To measure the drawer bottoms we laid the drawer on top and drew a line marking the edges.  The ¼” ply was then ripped to size and attached Titebond glue and 5/8” nails using our Ryobi nail gun.

With the drawers built we cut the cradle sides the same length as the drawer sides.  We then measured for the drawer glides.  Since we wanted the tops of our under cabinet drawer to align with the cradle tops we measured 2” from the bottom of the cradle and 1 ¾” from the bottom of the drawer and drew a line.  Our drawers would be attached using this center line as our guide.

Under Cabinet Drawers - Build the cradle

With the drawer glides attached we joined the under cabinet drawers to the cradle.  We then placed the ¼” birch plywood beneath and traced a line to mark the size of the cradle bottom.  Before attaching the cradle bottom we did another dry fit.  Then the cradle bottom was attached using titebond glue and 5/8” nails and our Ryobi Nail Gun.

With the under cabinet drawers and cradles complete, it was time to attach the cradle sides to the under cabinet frames.  We used our Ryobi angle and predrilled a hole and used two #6 1 ½” screws for each cradle side.

Under Cabinet Drawers - Attach cradle cabinet base

The final step was to cut and attach the under cabinet drawer fronts. We had some left over Poplar that we ripped to 3 ¾” width.  This provided about 1/8” space for the drawer front to clear the cabinet.  We decided to use Poplar versus hardwood because we will be painting our kitchen cabinets soon (that is right, another future post).

Under Cabinet Drawers - Wonderful storage

Now that the drawers are built, you can see the amazing storage we created.  We want to thank D Lawless Hardware for providing their versatile 18” Length Quantum Full Extension Ball Bearing Slide.  They are a full service hardware provider, so make sure you visit their page to order the items you may need for your projects, or to save money on your drawer pulls.  They are customer service friendly and quick with response to your order needs.

Well, that’s our post for today thanks for stopping by Hello I Live Here – Until or next storage saving post – have an awesome night!

Linda –

How to Make Trivets

How to Make Trivets

How to Make Trivets

Hello everyone – Happy Thursday 🙂 Let’s talk about how to make trivets.

How to Make Trivets

When serving hot dishes, these little hunks of iron, can be both functional and pretty.  You can use them for the hot pot, or as a decorative feature on a side table like we did.  Trivets are functional kitchen items that can protect your dining table, or your expensive kitchen counters!

Today, I decided to use up some more scrap wood and make a quick project where I could show you how to make trivets. Yesterday, our DIY Picture Frame was made from the same scrap wood pile, and featured on Bob Vila Nation.  We always find it a great thing when you can use up scraps and make something functional at the same time. 🙂

DIY Picture Frame by Hello I Live Here

We simple took a small piece of wood, 3/4″ PureBond furniture grade scrap that was already the perfect size and shape. We added some of our left over planking from our DIY Bench project and attached after trimming the wood with our Ryobi Miter Saw, and using our Ryobi nail gun, and Titebond wood glue.  We added a small piece of left over square scrap to the inside, the added a left over piece of decorative molding from the Home Depot around the outside cutting on 45 degree angels.

How to Make Trivets

Hello I Live Here - attaching brace

Using Annie Sloan Chalk paint in, Old White, French Linen, and Versailles complementing each other in a stripped pattern, followed by the old white on the outside ring.  I then added three decorative iron keys I purchased for $3.00 each when I visited the Bug Store on one of our Hello I Live Here field trips.

Annie Sloan paint

Look at this great piece?  It’s pretty stunning if I do say so myself 😉  Functional, fun, and beautiful piece of art all at once.  But the best thing, we made this project completely from scraps and I got to use the keys I bought over 3 months ago!  How great is that 🙂

How to Make Trivets

How to Make Trivets

How to Make Trivets

I hope you enjoyed our post tonight on how to make trivets.  Thanks for stopping by Hello I Live Here – We love when you visit and Leave us comments.  See ya next post!

Linda 🙂

DIY Storage Bench

DIY Storage and Bench

DIY Storage Bench from old Dresser – Part II

Hi everyone!  Last night we left part one of our post showing you the old dresser we would take to a new DIY Storage Bench.  Well tonight we will show you part II – planking the back of our dresser to prep for the next step.

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

The addition of planking to the back of the dresser will help build out decor focal point for our living room.  You can purchase planking in almost any size width you like.  I bought mine from the Home Depot.  I used a combination of 4 sizes because I wanted that wow factor when I move to the next part of my project.

DIY Storage Bench

Before I cut and attached the planking I did a washed paint technique of all the grey and white paint colors we have used in our decor.

DIY Storage Bench

I simply took a couple tablespoons of each paint, added water, and wiped on each board to create the finish I wanted for my room.  Experiment to find what you like – you can even use various stains.

DIY Storage Bench

Here’s what we used:

4 –.25” x 2” x 36” Plank

4 – .25” x 2.5” x 36” Plank

4 – .25” x 3.5” x 36” plank

4 – .25” x 5.5” x 36” Plank

Ryobi Nail gun (I use battery)

.5” nails

Liquid nails – white – extra hold power

Saw (radial or miter will do the trick)


Dime for spacing

Your choice of paint or stain colors

DIY Storage Bench Now let’s get to work!

First, I mixed all my paint and set the water amount.

DIY Storage Bench

Next, I painted the planks, and wiped away the excess paint.  I did this by laying the planks on a flat surface to help avoid drips, and checking them to make sure they were the perfect color for my project.

DIY Storage Bench

After the planks dried, I cut them all too different sizes (this allows you to adjust your staggering lines so all the lines do not match up, giving that perfect overlap).

DIY Storage Bench

Then, I started installing the planks for our DIY Storage Bench with the largest to the bottom.  I added liquid nails to the back, then secured with my Ryobi Nail gun, making sure to leave expansion cracks which allows the wood to expand and contract with the room’s humidity.

DIY Storage Bench

As you finish each row you will have to cut the boards on the end where you stop to make it nice and even down each side of the DIY Storage Bench.

DIY Storage Bench

DIY Storage BenchKeep adding the plank until your project is complete.  Here’s the finish of ours 🙂

DIY Storage Bench

This one addition to this piece is going to help bring the rest of our project to life!  Tomorrow we will be completing the last portion of the DIY Storage Bench project – It’s going to be exciting to see the change of this piece and what it will bring to our room through its new design.  So meet me back here tomorrow for the final on our DIY Storage Bench.

Well, that’s the second half of our DIY Storage Bench project.  Thanks for stopping by – Hope you all have an awesome day!!

Until the final post– happy planking!!

🙂 Linda

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

Custom built wine rack and panel doors

Today’s post will describe the custom built doors and our awesome surprise of the addition of a custom wine rack we decided to add to the middle section of our china cabinet makeover part III.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

Our first thought was to add doors across the entire front of the china cabinet.  However, this just seemed off.  I knew it needed something else.  While enjoying a glass of wine with hubby, it hit me, wine rack!  That is the beauty of custom creation, they evolve in the moment and wine can be involved in the decision ;-).

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

Standing back and looking closer, it was going to happen, the center section of the china cabinet would be perfect for a twelve bottle custom built wine rack.  We decided to use a similar wine rack holder method we used on a prior project, but wanted to introduce a new building technique.  The end result was excellent and one we will use again.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

In our previous wine rack construction technique we built for the charity project merely laid each wooden slate on top of each other.  This created a bit of a bulky look just right for that piece, but this one would need something a bit more tucked back as you see below – Isn’t she cute!  If you missed that post you can read it by clicking Here.

wine cabinet custom built for charity
custom built wine cabinet

For this DIY custom build wine rack design, we wanted to join the boards by cutting half the board width, so each board overlaid the other which provided a nice clean look. To start the project we needed some stock that was thick enough to blend with the overall weight of the china cabinet.  The custom built wine rack was created using 1” x 48” pine, available from The Home Depot.  After determining the length and width of the wine holder we cut to length the wine rack pieces. Which you see on the Craftsman table saw below.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

As shown above, we laid the vertical four wine rack pieces (two for the front section and two for the back section) and marked a line where the horizontal pieces would cross.  This defined where we would rabbit cut, which we learned from Wood Magazine how to cut the pieces on our table saw.  We repeated this measuring process for the horizontal sections, making sure to define the exact location where the horizontal and vertical sections crossed.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

Once the measuring was complete, it was time to cut the rabbits.  Since we don’t have a dado blade, we used two stop blocks that defined the right and left edges of the rabbit.  We raised the blade to the required height and cut the left edge.  We then made repeated cuts until all the stock was removed.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

With the custom built wine rack pieces cut we did a dry fit before we nailed and glued the pieces together wtih our Ryobi Nail gun and Titebond glue. I love the look and it will bring anther update to an old china cabinet that will help make it a functional storage space.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

After the wine holder was built, it was time to move to the panel doors.  Keeping in mind the overall size of the wine cabinet, we opted for a thick raised panel door using thin PureBond, trimmed with dado 1×2 and completed using ¼ round.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

To get the exact door dimension we clamped two 1x2s to one edge of the cabinet and measured the remaining space and subtracted 1/8” (1/16” gap for each cabinet door side, which just happens to be the size of a dime).  We cut two ¾” Pure Bond panels using our measurements.  We then added the 1×2 trim to complete the look.  Finally, we cut ¼” round to provide a finished decorative look and attached with our Ryobi nail gun, filled in the cracks and nail holes with wood filler and Bondo combo to get ready to sand and prime with Valspar.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

With the doors cut and trimmed, it was time to dry fit the panel doors into their space.  It took a bit of adjusting, but we were happy so far with the look and where this piece is going!

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

Now, we are to the tough part – the finish work to make it just the right piece for our home.  See you soon for the last part of our China Cabinet Make over series!

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

Hope you are as excited as we are to bring you this great old piece that became new again.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

Until tomorrows Post – Have a great night!





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