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How to Make Cabinets Taller

We are back again with the third part of our sisters Shanty House Crash series! This project is all about How to Make Cabinets Taller! We are taking Leasha’s builder grade cabinets and adding height! This was a cheap and great alternative to buying completely new cabinets and/or cabinet doors! With just a few sheets of hardwood plywood, a few boards, a few tools and some elbow grease, we not only added height to her cabinets, we completely updated the style of her kitchen!

Just click HERE or the box below to see how easy this was to do and what a huge impact it made in her kitchen!

How about that?! Such a huge difference for so little money!

Make sure to download the FREE printable plans HERE!

Keep in mind that this set of plans was designed specifically for Leasha’s cabinets. Make sure to adjust the measurements and supplies to fit your own cabinet design. This set is a great reference to make your modifications, as her cabinets are a standard size.

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Here’s a bit of the step-by-step process, as well!

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How to Make Cabinets Taller – Remove the Trim

The first step was to remove the crown trim from the cabinets. Next, we cut the edge-glued pine to size and attached it to the top of the cabinets with 1 1/4″ brad nails and wood glue. We used our Ryobi 18-gauge Brad Nailer to attach.
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Once the base piece was installed, we added a small stick of trim to the front of the cabinets. This was to cover up where we took the original crown piece off. The size of trim that you use will depend on how much space you have between the cabinet doors and the base piece.

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How to Make Cabinets Taller – The Hood Cabinet

With the base piece and trim attached, we began to build the middle box that we will call the “hood cabinet”. We cut the hood boards to size and drilled 3/4″ pocket holes into the ends of each support piece and the bottom end of each side piece. You can find our favorite model of Kreg Jig HERE!

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Then, we attached the supports to the front of the side pieces with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. Make sure to refer to the plans for the placement of the support pieces. This box will cover the existing hood vent that has been drywalled over. If you kitchen does not have this, you can put supports on the back side of the hood cabinets, as well.

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Once the hood was assembled, we cut a piece of 1/4″ hardwood plywood to size. We attached it to the supports with wood glue and 3/4″ staples, using our Ryobi 18-gauge stapler.

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Next, we cut the hood face frame pieces to size and attached them the front of the hood with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.

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We brought the hood cabinet inside, slid it into place and attached it to the base piece with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.

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Hood Cabinet – DONE!

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How to Make Cabinets Taller – Cabinet Shelf Boxes

We moved onto the cabinet shelf boxes. These are both constructed the same way but one is longer than the other. We cut the open cabinet pieces to size and drilled 3/4″ pocket holes into the ends of each shelf piece and the bottom ends of each side piece.

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We attached the shelf pieces to the side pieces with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. The pocket holes should face down on the bottom piece and up on the top piece. Make sure the pocket holes on the side pieces face in!

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We brought the cabinet boxes inside and slid them into place before attaching the face from pieces. We attached the face frame pieces with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.

How to Make Cabinets Taller – Sand & Paint

Once all of three boxes were installed, we filled all of our holes with wood filler (find our favorite wood filler HERE), gave it a good sanding and a couple of coats of paint!

You can find the paint that we used to paint the cabinets HERE!

Now for the before:

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And the after!

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Love this DIY project so much! Getting rid of that 3 foot blank space of wall, adding storage and adding height to her cabinets, all in one! This was a super inexpensive project and an easy DIY for anyone!

Linking to all the sources below!

Faucet

Rug

Mugs

Mug Holder

Cabinet Pulls

Flooring

Cabinet Paint

Kreg Jig

Make sure to subscribe to our Youtube Channel (HERE) so you don’t miss the rest of the episodes in this Shanty House Crash series! Here’s what’s coming up!

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12 Comments

  1. Stephanie on November 9, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    How do you not have paint brush strokes on the cabinets?

  2. Maria Killam on October 7, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    OMG this is the most brilliant use of this dead space I have ever seen!! Bravo to you! got here from Centsational Girl!

  3. Danielle on October 4, 2018 at 10:38 am

    What paint color is this. The link isn’t working.

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    Use the plans at www. WoodworkPlans.info for this project like I did – highly recommended you check those out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha

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  5. Dawn on July 20, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Clicking on the cabinet paint color but it doesn’t show which gray color you used

  6. wendy on July 18, 2018 at 7:42 am

    none of the hyperlinks work. Was interested in link to the table. thank you!

  7. Nicole Colella on July 14, 2018 at 8:17 am

    Do you have a seperate post for painting the cabinetry? If not, what products were used, what color is the paint?

  8. Melissa on July 12, 2018 at 7:24 am

    HI, what is the color of the paint? the HERE link is not working. Thanks

  9. Matty K on July 12, 2018 at 7:24 am

    What kind of wood filler do ya’ll use? The hyperlink is not working for me 🙁

    Once all of three boxes were installed, we filled all of our holes with wood filler (find our favorite wood filler HERE), gave it a good sanding and a couple of coats of paint!

  10. Megan Russo on July 12, 2018 at 6:53 am

    The before picture look pretty spot on to my currant kitchen and I can’t wait to get my hands on it! Are the countertops the same in the before and after pictures? They look so much lighter, wondering if they are different or if the cabinet paint color just lightens them?

    • Megan Russo on July 12, 2018 at 6:56 am

      Also please forgive my spelling errors 😐 Apparently I can’t talk on the phone and type at the same time.

  11. Belinda on July 11, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    In like the look of what you did above the range. Do you think it would look good putting that above the fridge instead of the range?

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