Sunday, March 27, 2011

Crown in a kitchen | Jennifer V Designs | Toledo, OH

Our kitchen has been through a major transformation over the last year and a half.  We decided to have all the kitchen cupboards and moldings painted (I'll sneak in a before picture), going against every one's opinions of how painting would ruin the beautiful wood.  Some people have very strong opinions of painting over wood.  Me, on the other hand, am all for it and am so happy we went ahead with it! I love, love, love white kitchens!   So after it was all painted, I felt like it was still missing something.  I loved the beautifully painted white cupboards, but felt that extending crown molding to the ceiling would really finish off the kitchen.

I poured through my favorite kitchens photos and the Internet, and decided I wanted to have the cupboards boxed in with a double crown molding at the top.  I showed Rob, the wonderful woodworker I use, and he said it wouldn't be a problem.

So, it's finally complete, except the painters are coming back this week to repaint the crown molding, as the color doesn't quite match.  Besides the color being off, I'm thrilled with how it's turned out and wanted to share pictures of how it looks now.

Here is a picture of my kitchen before, with just a simple piece of crown:

Here's a picture during, showing how he boxed in the cupboards to the ceiling:

And here's an after shot of the cupboards boxed in with double crown molding at the top:

Here's another before:

And another after:



For fun,  I wanted to show you a picture of our kitchen before the transformation began.  It's hard to believe this is how my kitchen looked before. .  It had way too much wood going on in it.

Boxing in the kitchen cupboards got rid of the dark empty space above them, which, in turn, really changed the feel of the kitchen and made the ceilings seem so much taller. The kitchen cabinets are actually painted a creamy white, China White by Benjamin Moore, but my pictures make it look like a starker white, which they aren't.


  1. Your kitchen is absolutely gorgeous! I can't believe how much boxing in the top transformed your kitchen even more! Looks like it's out of a magazine!

  2. I love it! This looks a bit like my kitchen:) I think the crown to the ceiling is an absolute must. Great job!!!!!

  3. Having a beautiful big kitchen makes a person want to stay home and cook all the time instead of eating out--right Jenny? LOL! I really do love it!

  4. Amy - It's so funny you said that. I happened to find your blog through my sister. She was browsing houzz and came across your kitchen and sent me a link to yours with a message that said my kitchen reminded her of yours!

  5. I love this! I ALWAYS tell my husband I want to paint our cabinets which are about the same color as yours prior to the transformation. I am dreaming of a distressed white-washed look and new wrought iron hardware.. Let's see if this picture can show him that it can be done!