So much progress you guys! So much.

After getting the soffit cabinets securely supported from their fronts, it was time to move on to installing the cover panels underneath them.

Pretty much every cabinet in the kitchen is getting wrapped in a cover panel of some variety. I don’t want the white IKEA boxes showing. Having the boxes wrapped in cover panels allows me to paint them the same color as the door, so they look like legit cabinets (not IKEA boxes I slapped some painted doors on). I’m also extending the cover panels 3/4″ past the front edge of the cabinet box so that the 3/4″ thick doors look inset (drool) without the cost of actual inset cabinets (win).


The cover panels I’m using are from IKEA and match the Ramsjo white doors I purchased there. Both are getting painted, so I’m not TOO worried about them matching but the grains will match and they are 3’x8′ with finished edges. While they retail for $135, I kept an eye on the AS-IS section and waited until something decent came down to a price I was comfortable with. I ended up getting 2 for $20/ea, 1 at $33, and 1 at $15. Ended up being cheaper than plywood and I didn’t have to put any edge banding on them (well, mostly – I did on a few spots I cut and got a raw edge).


On the bottom of the cover panel, about 2″ in from the edge, Dad & I routed out a channel for the LED strip lights.

This also gave us a place to hide the bolts. Drilled the hole and then used a spade bit to countersink it a little.

To aid in installation, we clamped a piece of 3/4″ thick poplar to the front edge. That way, we could just hold it in place and not have to worry about maintaining the 3/4″ lip along the front.

Once it was in place, the panel got through-bolted along the front edge where we had pre-drilled and then screwed in with drywall screws from the inside of the cabinet down into the cover panel. I pre-drilled the holes in the bottom of the cabinet too. For ease of installation and because all the bite of the screw should really be in the cover panel.


The inside of the cabinet is littered with the black heads of drywall screws but, from the bottom, all you see is a nice smooth cover panel.

Once the cover panels for the soffit cabs were in, I could move on to hanging the 2 cabinets on this wall that will see a lot of daily use.



I put glue on the back of the rail on the brick to fill in all the unevenness of the brick. I don’t put glue on the back of the rails on the walls.

I build the cabinets mostly like IKEA says. I put glue in the dowel holes and use my little 18g stapler on the backs. Then I wrap them in cover panels. This was in process –


After it’s hung –


The 24″ wide cabinet took a little more playing with because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to leave the 1.5″ opening or fill it in. I ended up keeping it.



Then it was finally time to whip out some primer and get to work!


Primed and – as of this very moment – 2 coats of paint have been applied to the blind, bottom of the soffit cover panel & the 15″ cabinet side of things.

Moving along. What’s Sarah up to??

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5 Responses to Kitchen:

  1. Kristen S says:

    Those darn cover panels are super spendy at Ikea. Way to go with the as-is scores! I ended up buying MDF, cutting, scribing, priming & painting it. So much cheaper.

  2. Looking good. You are so lucky to have your father to help you. My father is hopeless when it comes to any kind of renovation or construction.

  3. Kathy says:

    Look at that kitchen…. a real kitchen is starting to come together. I can almost smell something delicious cooking!!

  4. You are moving right along! I’m sure it never feels fast enough. But it is really looking great!

  5. I like your street workbench and you can never have enough clamps. That’s a ton of work that you’re doing and it’s great that you’re sharing the detail. You’re kitchen is going to look great.

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