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!
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.
Here’s a bit of the step-by-step process, as well!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hood Cabinet – DONE!
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.
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!
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:
And the after!
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!
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How to Add Height to Kitchen Cabinets – Free Plans and how-to video live, now!
Custom Cabinet Trim Hack – July 18
How We Paint Cabinets – July 25
How to Frame and Cover a Crescent Window – August 1
DIY Round Kitchen Table – August 8
DIY Pipe Shelves – August 15
DIY Barn Door for Pantry – August 22