Kitchen Cabinet Bottom Trim Molding: What Is A Light Rail On Kitchen Chairs?
What is a light rail on kitchen cabinets?
A light rail on kitchen cabinets refers to the installation of decorative lighting fixtures such as ceiling lights or floor lamps above the surface of your cabinets. These are usually installed at the top of the shelves so they don’t interfere with access to your food.
They can be used in conjunction with other decor, but not at any time.
Why would I want to install a light rail on my cabinets?
Light rails are great because they allow you to add some extra visual interest without having to spend a fortune. You can use them in conjunction with other decor, but not at any time.
If you’re looking for something different than the standard white cabinets, then installing a light rail might be worth considering.
How do I go about installing a light rail on my cabinets?
The first thing you’ll need to consider is whether or not you have enough space to mount it. If your cabinets are already mounted flush against the wall, then mounting one will be fairly easy.
However, if they aren’t, then there’s going to be some work involved. You’ll need to decide where exactly you’d like the rail installed and how high up it needs to go.
How do I install a light rail on my cabinets?
The easiest way to install a light rail is to purchase one of these kits from Home Depot. These kits come with everything you need except the hardware needed to mount it.
There are two types of kit available; one includes the mounting brackets and another comes with just the bracket. Both will work fine, but if you have small hands, you may prefer the included brackets.
Kitchen Cabinet Crown Molding: What Size Crown Molding For Kitchen Cabinets?
What size crown molding for kitchen cabinets?
Crown molding can really help to finish off a room by adding that little something extra. This is especially true in the kitchen where you have nice counter tops and backsplash tile or granite that could use some decorating.
Crown molding is usually made of wood and has many different styles. Of course, you could just buy and install some pre-made crown molding for your kitchen, but if you really want to save some money then you may want to build it yourself. You can make your own crown molding with baseboard that you can buy at any home center. You will have to cut the boards to size and shape them, but there is nothing difficult about it, just time consuming.
How do I know what size molding to get?
There are a few different types of crown molding out there. They are typically sold in different dimensions.
For example, you may see crown molding listed as 4 inches tall by 6 inches wide. This type is fairly common and fairly easy to find at your local home center. You can find precut baseboard molding at your local home improvement store. All you have to do is cut and shape the molding to fit the size of your cabinets. If you want something fancier than that, you can buy speciality crown molding. This stuff tends to be more expensive, but it’s also much more decorative. You’ll probably only want to use this stuff around your table or bar area in the kitchen, unless you really plan on going all out.
Where can I buy crown molding for my kitchen cabinets?
You should be able to find crown molding at any home center. If you want to buy speciality crown molding, then you’ll probably have to go to a specialty store like a cabinet shop or a woodworking store.
How do I cut the crown molding?
Most crown molding is made of soft woods and is fairly easy to cut. You can use a circular saw, but a hand held panel saw will work just as well and is much safer.
Use a straight edge and a sharp pencil to mark the cut lines onto the crown molding. Set your saw’s depth so that the tip of the saw blade will cut slightly less than half the height of the crown molding. Clamp down the crown molding to your work surface and using moderate pressure, run the saw back and forth until the piece breaks cleanly. Now stand the piece up on its end and line up your pencil mark with the edge of the saw blade. You want to lower the blade so that it just kisses the top of the pencil mark. Now, slowly lower the crown molding onto the blade and push down until it breaks cleanly. It is very important that you keep your fingers off to the side and out of the way of the saw.
How do I shape the crown molding?
Crown molding is basically a series of upside down V’s stacked on top of each other. You can shape the molding by hand with a rasp or you can use a power miter saw.
If using a miter saw, set the degree of the angle at 45 degrees. Clamp down the molding to your work surface and line up the bottom of the molding with your pencil mark on the work surface. Using a push stick to keep your hand out of the way, slowly lower the molding onto the blade.
Crown molding is wood molding that is shaped in such a way that it resembles a crown. Commonly used in high end homes and upper middle class homes, crown molding adds a level of elegance that typical baseboard molding just can’t provide.
While it is certainly not necessary in every home, there are reasons to use crown molding in your home if you have the means.
There are several advantages to using crown molding in your kitchen. First of all, it provides a much more finished look than baseboard molding.
It can cover up uneven walls and other imperfections. It also makes the ceiling appear higher than it really is. The most obvious advantage however is the extra elegance that crown molding brings to your kitchen.
Crown molding has its disadvantages as well. First of all, it is much more expensive than baseboard molding.
If you are on a tight budget, you may not be able to afford it. It also takes time and know how to install crown molding around your cabinets, so if you are a novice do not attempt to do it yourself.
Installing Crown Molding
If you feel comfortable installing crown molding, then the first thing you need to do is to find out if your cabinets have faces or sides that are flush with the walls. If this is the case, then you need to buy a “return” to finish off the ends of the cabinets.
Many times you will have a face or side that is not flush, in this case you can save money by using “buttons” instead of returns.
The next thing you need to do is to find out how high the cabinets are. Measure from the floor to the cabinet door bottom.
Add this amount (in most cases it is 3 to 4 inches) to the height of your cabinets. This is the height you will need your crown molding to be.
You can now go to a local store that sells crown molding and they can cut the molding to the size you need. If the molding needs to be angled (most likely), they usually can do this also.
The advantage to buying precut molding is that it is ready to install.
If you don’t want to buy precut molding, you can have it custom cut at the local hardware store. They can cut it on a table saw (usually located behind the counter).
You will need to know the height and width of your cabinets and how much you want to angle the molding (most molding can only be angled in one direction).
You will most likely need a helper for this. First, measure the height and width of your cabinet.
Measure the height of each individual door (if you have base cabinet doors) and add them all together. This is how tall your crown molding will need to be. Do the same thing for the width.
Measure from the floor to where you wish the top of the molding to be (you can use the bottom of your cabinet as a starting point). Subtract the height of your cabinet doors and add this amount to the total (this will give you the height of each piece of molding).
Cut the molding strips to length.
Measure the distance between each strip and cut a similar amount of filler strips (this will depend on how large your cabinets are, so use your judgment). Use these to fill in any gaps between the larger molding strips.
You now have all the molding you need. You can have it all precut or cut it to size after you get home.
Before you leave, use a pencil and straightedge to mark the angle of the molding (for example: if you are installing crown molding around all four sides of your cabinets and you want a 3″ crown, divide this number by 2 and angle the molding by that amount– in this case 1.5″).
You need to do this at the bottom of all your molding strips.
When you get home, you can cut the molding to length and then draw the angled lines using a square and a pencil (you can also buy a molding guide for your saw). Cut along the lines with a hand saw so that you will end up with pieces at the proper angle.
Now it is time to nail the molding in place. Nail it to the top edge of your cabinets, you can use clamps or a helper to hold the molding in place as you nail it.
You may need to use spacers to get uniform gaps between each piece of molding (I used old credit cards for this purpose). If your molding has an inside and outside (some types do) make sure that the outside faces the room.
Once you have the crown molding installed, add your chair rail to the bottom of the wall cabinets. You can use a tape measure to make sure it is the same distance from the wall as the top of your base cabinets.
Nail it in place just like you did with the crown molding. This may be a two person job because it will be difficult to hold it in place and nail it at the same time.
Sources & references used in this article:
- Kitchen cabinets (L Nat – US Patent 3,222,116, 1965 – Google Patents)
- Rough-part sizes needed from lumber for manufacturing furniture and kitchen cabinets (PA Araman – 1982 – books.google.com)
- Kitchen cabinets (L Nat – US Patent 3,149,587, 1964 – Google Patents)