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Update!!! From Outdated Soffits to Usable Space

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I was tired of the outdated look of my soffits, after scouring the web for ideas I came up with these. I love the extra space and the look!!
  • from outdated soffits to usable space, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, shelving ideas, storage ideas
Update!! The other side is finished and the cabinets painted to match.
  • from outdated soffits to usable space, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, shelving ideas, storage ideas
The new "Open Soffits" really make the room feel taller!!
  • from outdated soffits to usable space, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, shelving ideas, storage ideas
Checked for wiring and available space.
  • from outdated soffits to usable space, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, shelving ideas, storage ideas
I decided to create a box frame to insert into the empty framed space.
  • from outdated soffits to usable space, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, shelving ideas, storage ideas
After sanding, joint compound and more sanding, I was close to my desired result!!
  • from outdated soffits to usable space, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, shelving ideas, storage ideas
A little caulk to close some spaces, and a couple coats of paint and I was there :)
  • from outdated soffits to usable space, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, shelving ideas, storage ideas
I love the look, although I still need to paint my cabinets a brighter white.
  • from outdated soffits to usable space, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, shelving ideas, storage ideas
  • from outdated soffits to usable space, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, shelving ideas, storage ideas
  • from outdated soffits to usable space, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, shelving ideas, storage ideas

Materials I used for this project:

  • Hammer   (Lowes)
  • Razor Blade   (Lowes)
  • Hack Saw   (Lowes)
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Got a question about this project?

  • Michele Crawford
    Michele Crawford Chagrin Falls, OH

    Looks great!! I love all your accent pieces

  • Mao Ycaza

    Looks nice! But yeah! Install sliding glass doors or maybe plexiglass covers to keep the dust and grease away from the knick knacks.

  • Tcooper9
    Tcooper9 Rochester, NY

    Ingenious idea and spectacular result !

  • Becky Partain

    This is fabulous!! Great use of wasted space.

  • Shawnasie Shear
    Shawnasie Shear Sebastian, FL

    This just helped me decide what to do with the soffit above my kitchen cabinets and it is something I can do myself. I hate having all that usable space blocked off! Thank you for sharing this.

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