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 From Outdated Soffits to Usable Space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I was tired of the outdated look of my soffits, after scouring the web for ideas I came up with these.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

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  • RJ RJ on Mar 26, 2018

    How do I determine what is behind the dry wall. I always thought it was “vent” work...awesome job

  • Christine Christine on Jul 27, 2018

    I'm confused...in one pic the new space on the wall with the sink is open on the front. In another pic, it is covered. Is it a door or did you just decide to cover it all for aesthetics?

  • Angela Angela on Apr 07, 2019

    I have soffits around my kitchen also. If I remove the soffits, can I raise my cabinets up? My Keurig and stand mixer will not fit under my cabinets. They need to move up about 5-6 inches. Thanks for your advice.


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  • Kathrynbelle1999 Kathrynbelle1999 on May 12, 2019

    yes, I have been wanting to do this for a long time in my kitchen and have been looking for instructions. I don't want to totally remove them, just open them up so I can use that space for collectibles . thanks, even though you didn't go into much detail, I think I can figure it out. thanks again.

  • Mike Mike on Feb 25, 2021

    Unfortunately our upper cabinets interior spaces extend all the way up into the soffit. We will need to add some wood between the soffit space and upper cabinet space inside.