*My stove is sitting on a furniture dolly. That’s why it’s so high. I’ll keep it on there until I’m ready to put it into place permanently after the countertops and painting are finished. (Just thought I’d get that out of the way right off the bat this morning.) 😀
Anyway, I only got the refrigerator/range wall finished this weekend. My work progress came to a screeching halt when I got to the crown moulding on this wall. Crown moulding and I do not get along. But more on that in a second.
When I left you on Friday, my refrigerator/range wall looked like this…
And now that the refrigerator enclosure and all of the trim is finished, it looks like this…
I still need to switch the door swing on the fridge, and when I do, I’ll lower the leveling feet on the front so that it sits straight. Right now, it leans back too much.
Another thing that slowed my progress this weekend was the fact that I ended up having to remove all of these cabinets and start over again because I had failed to leave enough room for the refrigerator enclosure. So lesson learned. When installing cabinets on a wall like this, start at the corner and work out from there.
If you’ll remember, I had cut out a stud on this wall (non-load-bearing wall) so that the refrigerator could be pushed back a few inches more. I reframed and drywalled the area above where the refrigerator would sit, only leaving the bumped back section the size of the refrigerator plus a few inches for wiggle room and circulation. (My fridge is 30 inches wide, and the opening is 35 inches wide.
I started building the enclosure by attaching a 1 x 4 piece of lumber to the right side of the bumped back section, with about 1/2 of the 1 x 4 on the stud, and the other half sticking out from the wall. I screwed the 1 x 4 to the stud, and then placed a piece of plywood on the lip created by the half of the 1 x 4 that was sticking out, and nailed the plywood to that board.
Here’s a view from the inside of the enclosure. I highlighted the 1 x 4 board with a red outline. You can see that 1/2 of the board is attached to the stud, with the other half sticking out, and the plywood is attached to the part that is sticking out from the wall.
Here’s how this looked from the other side. I installed the lower cabinet on the other side of the plywood to be sure everything was squared up before moving on.
Then I added a 1 x 3 trim piece to the edge of the plywood. I cut the trim piece so that the top stopped at the same height as the top of the upper cabinets.
Next I worked on the other side of the enclosure. I measured out from the corner 25 inches (the same width as the plywood on the right side of the enclosure) and placed a 1 x 2 screwed into the wall vertically. Then I pushed the refrigerator into the enclosure and tested the trim piece on that side just to be sure everything would fit. You can see the 1 x 2 attached to the wall to the left of the fridge in this picture…
While the refrigerator was still in there, I also marked the height for the shelf above.
I moved the refrigerator out, attached the left 1 x 3 trim piece to the front of the 1 x 2 that’s attached to the wall, and then added some bracing (1 x 2’s) for the shelf above the refrigerator, which I cut out of 1/2-inch plywood.
And of course, there’s a brace on each side for the shelf.
You’ll notice that I left a gap at the back of the shelf for circulation. That gap can’t be seen once the refrigerator is pushed into the enclosure.
To finish the shelf, I added a 1 x 2 trim piece to the front edge of the plywood. Then I pushed the refrigerator back into place to be sure everything fit right.
To finish off the enclosure, I added two more braces (one to the wall and one to the plywood on the right side) and added another piece of plywood on top of those. That piece of plywood went all the way to the back wall. And then I added a 1 x 10 to the front, sitting on the 1 x 3 trim pieces. I added another 1 x 2 horizontally just under the 1 x 10, but evidently failed to get a picture of that before I added trim. But you can see it in the picture following this one — the one taken after I added trim.
With those things in place, the basic build was complete and ready for finishing trim.
However, the next day (yesterday) I was inspecting my work, and realized that I didn’t like those side braces that support the top inside piece showing like that.
It didn’t have a finished, polished look to it. It looked very “novice DIYer” to me. So I removed those (using my Dremel Multi Max since they were glued and nailed to the sides and to the top plywood piece) and cut full pieces of plywood for the sides. They just slipped right under the top plywood piece to support it.
That gave it a much more finished and professional look.
I had originally planned on putting a cabinet up there, but after looking at various over-the-refrigerator storage options, I opted for an open shelf. It’s the perfect place for cookbooks.
Now about that crown moulding. Ugh. I hate installing crown moulding. It just doesn’t make any sense to me. I watched videos, read articles, and it still didn’t click in my brain.
I needed a total of four pieces cut for this wall. Those four pieces probably took me three hours, plus another trip to Home Depot for more crown moulding to replace the pieces I butchered in my attempts to cut four pieces.
Here’s the aftermath…
All of that from my attempts at cutting four pieces.
And I never could get it right. If you look closely, you’ll see that the one long piece above the stove is actually made of three individual pieces.
Cutting one continuous piece that included an inside corner and an outside corner, with those cuts on the correct ends of the piece of crown, and that was all cut to exactly the right length, proved to be a much greater challenge than my brain could handle. So I have three individual pieces. Oh well. That’s nothing that a little wood filler and sandpaper can’t fix. 🙂
So if you’re disappointed with my progress (or lack thereof) this weekend, blame the crown moulding. 🙂