07:39AM | 01/15/05
Member Since: 01/14/05
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I have come across the torrent seas of remodeling an old houses kitchen and now am facing an interesting crossroad...

With the house being 70 years old, the kitchen walls and ceiling was of course not plumb from the get go... not to mention also the floor. We did shim them out to try to make things plumb... but not 100%! Everything for the most part is complete... we have the custom cabinet boxes and framing in place. The cabinets go to the ceiling of course. The new walls and ceiling of course again is up and mudded taped and painted complete... The granite tops are coming soon.

When putting on the CROWN molding that encompasses the entire ceiling and cabinets I have gaps as much as 1 inch+ in some areas. That being the distance to that of the bottom of the molding compared to the frame opening where the cabinet door is to be hung. Visually you can see the how off I am...

I believe I have 3 choices here:

1) Live with it... can’t do it... it’s to off visually... and anyone with not much time in the kitchen can notice it... especially me.

2) Try to “fudge it” by varying the degree or “pitching” so to speak of the crown molding to make up the difference where I am truly off 1 inch or more and call it good... It could work, but the crown molding when complete may be so out of whack that it’s just turned into another problem!

Not sure if I want to live with that either.

3) Remove the molding and get a taper in to “FLOAT THE CEILING” and get it true enough so that when the molding gets reattached it is better visualy... Not sure how much mudd can be thrown up on a ceiling to get it plumbed... It maybe costly... I would have to encur the cost$$ of the taper... the new molding, and it being re-cut and being reattached???

So... what do you think??? As it sits right now, something will have to be done!

These are again custom cabinets...

Any advice would be appreciated!




12:29PM | 01/16/05
Member Since: 12/27/02
543 lifetime posts
By the sound of it, the ceiling isn't level either, so even if you levelled the cabs you'd still get a void above the crown. If you can level the cabs to the ceiling I'd do that now before the ct's arrive... but then you may have trouble with the marble fitting from the pattern.. so it may be too late for that.

The best solution now, would be to mark the crown to the ceiling, and rip filler to fill those voids.

Keep the crown distance to the top of the cab doors constant.

Use the same material as the crown, if they are paint grade, match that, if mahogany then rip mahogany & stain to match the crown... I believe that would be the most visually acceptable at this point.

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