Published at Friday, November 23rd 2018. by Tanisha Waller in Ceiling.
Cabinets to the ceiling. First of all, before any mud work is done on the ceiling of your kitchen and, of course, mud work would precede the paint before any of that is done. You need to check the framing, and I am talking about the framing of your ceiling joists in this kitchen. I imagine they're running this way. It really doesn't matter, they tend to be on 16-inch centers. You need to check them and make sure they're all in playing with each other. If there are joists that are saggy, they need to be corrected. Typically, this won't be a problem at all. If you have an attic above you, if it's another story, it gets more difficult, but it's still worth doing.
There are ways of furring the ceiling down in the worst case scenario so that you can achieve a flat ceiling, even if you have whacked out joists. Now, this is important because your cabinets will serve as a straight edge placed against the ceiling and they will accentuate defects in the ceiling. Here's one of a great many pictures that I have of ceilings that were not flat when I went to install the kitchen, so rule number one is framing check flatten the ceiling rule number two is to use small and scribal top trim. Here's what I mean by that first of all, small, you can see that this is normal size crown molding, it's large, it's probably three to four inches the problem with this. Is it bend, it can't flex to fit against a wavy surface, so it's like a straight edge and it's just going to have to show the cracks you can it, but caulking just doesn't look professional and usually the best alternative is to just leave the cracks now by scribal, I'm talking about a method of fitting a piece of woodwork to a wavy surface. I go into that elsewhere and again, with crown it's really not appropriate. Scribing is very difficult to do on a crown and it can only be done to a very small degree. Maybe as much as a quarter inch, maybe three-eighths, of an inch on a typical piece of crown, in other words, it'll work out if your ceiling is within a quarter inch of being perfectly flat, and that would be a pretty good ceiling. I've seen much much worse.
Now, in this kitchen, it's been done right. I don't know if I mentioned it, but this is a kitchen designed by Nancy Hugo and she knew what she was doing. Let's take a closer look at this trim at the top of these cabinets. First thing: you notice is it's fairly small, maybe an inch and a half inch and a half is pretty flexible for most woods and can be just pressed into place and then nailed to cover many cracks. The second thing, though, that you'll notice is it has a nice flat surface. That is what actually is the final surface before you get to the ceiling. That's important because flat surfaces are easy to scribe, so this trim is great, it's small and describable, and it lets us create a seamless fit to the ceiling. One thing I'd like to add about going to the ceiling is simply to not go too close to the ceiling or you may start to get door conflicts with some of the lights. I've seen that in the past and again this kitchen avoids that error. It stays a healthy distance from the ceiling, looks like the doors are about 2 inches below the sheetrock of the ceiling, great job,
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