In so many of the houses built 20 years ago or more, the 1’ sheetrock furr downs or soffits over kitchen cabinets were standard issue.
They made for a squatty looking upper cabinet, especially since homeowners typically paint their walls in their kitchen a color that contrasts with their cabinets.
That contrast can really highlight the short cabinets and just divide up a small kitchen fast.
So, let’s say you can’t afford to rip those out.
You have to make the best of this situation because tearing everything out, like I’m doing on this kitchen remodel (the bachelor pad), is just not possible.
I have a kitchen remodel I did several years ago where the homeowner was actually just doing a temporary fix. They wanted to live with what they had for several years before they did a major renovation to the property. However, they wanted a nice looking kitchen and a more updated look since they had just purchased this home.
Here’s what I proposed:
We clad the furr downs or soffits with beadboard and crown moulding, then painted them all the same color to make them appear to reach the ceiling. We even clad the backsplash in beadboard to really make the entire wall blend together for a cleaner, more monolithic look.
Yes, my client loved a black kitchen. It’s so sleek, isn’t it? And it hides a world of sins. Take a look...