Make any cabinet look like built in furniture with a few changes & add-ons. Give your cabinets a custom, beautiful look with these tips!
Can You Make Cabinets Look Built In?
Yes, you can make most cabinets look built in. And, it can be pretty easy! With a few changes and additions to your cabinets, you can give them a beautiful, custom built in furniture look.
This will work on Ikea cabinets and storage, out-of-the-box unfinished cabinets, DIY cabinets, and even any existing built-in cabinets in your home.
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Here’s 10 ways to make your cabinets look like built in furniture.
10 Ways To Make Cabinets Look Like Furniture
If any of the written examples below are confusing, check out this video.
Cover The Cabinet Toe Kick With Baseboard
A toe kick might be nice under kitchen cabinets that you always use. But, if you have a base cabinet in other rooms, you can cover the toe kick with baseboard.
Adding baseboard to cabinets is a pretty quick and easy way to make your cabinets look like furniture. Check out my steps to cover toe kick with baseboard in another post.
Add Feet or Legs
If you need to keep that toe kick space under the base cabinet, you can add legs or feet instead. Adding legs or feet to base cabinets will instantly give it a beautiful built in custom furniture look.
Add Trim EVERYWHERE
My favorite pieces of furniture always have one thing in common, they always have trim molding. A little trim can add so much character and detail to any piece of furniture or cabinet.
You can hide the horizontal joint between 2 cabinets with a pretty chair rail molding.
Trim out the bottom edge of upper cabinets with trim to give that cabinet look more like furniture.
Add 3/4″ detail trim along the inside edge of the face frame of open cabinets to give them a beautiful, custom bit of extra character.
Stick to the sides and tops when adding trim inside the face of cabinets. Keep the bottom of the open cabinet flat. Check out 8 Best Ways To Finish Plywood Edges With Trim to see how.
Go Wall To Wall
Another big way to make cabinets look like built in furniture is to go wall to wall with the cabinets. If you can’t go wall to wall, go as wide as you can.
Going wall to wall with the cabinets in our office and family room instantly adds an eye-catching statement piece to the room. And, they constantly get comments from anyone visiting our home.
Fill Open Areas With Trim Or Paneling
Any open areas between cabinets can be filled with pretty picture frame molding or wood paneling.
Adding that detail between open areas visually joins the cabinets together, making it look like one large piece of built in furniture
Go Floor To Ceiling
Going floor to ceiling with built in cabinets is another great way to make those cabinets look high-end and more beautiful. See 10 ways to Add Height To Kitchen Cabinets for mode design ideas.
Add Crown Molding
Whether your built in cabinets go to the ceiling or not, add crown molding. Crown molding is a beautiful way to top off your cabinets with even more detail that looks like built in furniture.
Add Unique Hardware
And, don’t forget to add unique drawer pulls, knobs, and cabinet hardware. Avoid using the bulk pulls and knobs from the hardware store. Unique hardware will give your cabinets a custom look.
Caulk All Open Joints And Cracks
For a polished look, use wood filler on all nail holes and caulk on any joints between pieces of wood. Also use caulk where the cabinets meet the wall, ceiling, or floor.
Caulk is key to giving your cabinets a real built in cabinetry look. Check out this post on When to Use Caulk or Wood Filler on Trim for an easy DIY guide.
Use A Custom Paint Or Stain Look
And, last but not least, pick a stand out paint color or go for a layered stain look that will really make your cabinets look like custom built in furniture.
Check out 25 beautiful furniture painting tutorials for easy DIY furniture painting steps and design inspiration.
That’s it for How To Make Cabinets Look Like Built In Furniture. I hope it helped you find a few ways to upgrade your cabinets!
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Feeling inspired? That’s it for ways to upgrade cabinets that you don’t use! Let me know if you have questions.
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Stephanie Abbott has been remodeling homes, updating & building furniture, and working on DIY home maintenance and cleaning tips for over 20 years. Her remodeling has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. And, her DIY YouTube channel has had more than 8 million views.
Most of the DIY tutorials and videos on this site focus on beginner to intermediate level DIY Projects that can be done in an affordable way without high-end, expensive tools. All of the cleaning tips on this website have been tested in her home.