I have a ‘90s drop down soffits in my kitchen. How do I update it?

by Jamie

Tearing down is not an option. It’s textured like the walls. I have decor on top now (NOT fake plants like circa 1990). Need help making it not look dated on a budget. HELP!

  8 answers
  • Satchel Satchel on Jul 20, 2018

    Maybe decide on a theme and then hit the yard sales. I once placed bird houses of all kinds on mine in my old house. Tiled houses, straw ones, wooden...all different. The dollar stores or goodwill or craft stores sometimes have inexpensive items.

    You could choose vases of different styles but all colorful...or pretty glassware....like large platters. Small chips in glassware won’t be seen from below...and can pieces can probably be found for than a dollar at yard sales.

    google ideas on Pinterest.

  • Carol Thomas Carol Thomas on Jul 20, 2018

    I personally would box it in. I hated keeping knick knacks clean up there. Best wishes for whatever you decide!

  • 2nd Grace Vintage 2nd Grace Vintage on Jul 20, 2018

    I have seen people boxing this out to make cube like storage above and also saw people closing it in. We almost did this. Here are photos from online

  • Joy Elizabeth Joy Elizabeth on Jul 20, 2018

    If you can't remove it in any way, I would do a collection of some sort. I like rustic style so I would do ironstone or maybe vintage style sign and baskets, but what you would want up there depends on your decor style!

  • Jennifer | CrazyDiyMom Jennifer | CrazyDiyMom on Jul 20, 2018

    I agree with picking a "theme" and going with that. We have a beach theme at our house and I have bottles of various shapes and sizes all in beach glass colors. Let us know what you decide!

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Aug 15, 2018

    I had churches displayed in that place for years. All sizes, styles and materials. Now I have big blue vases over the fridge. The style I’m going for is country chic with chickens, but I don’t have any chickens. And I not only have these soffits over the kitchen cabinets, I have about 12’ of them in the master bath. We took the greenery down years ago. Now all the soffits are just gathering mounds of dust.

    So I have decided that whatever I put in those places can stay for years. I’m thinking old canister sets and cookie jars in the kitchen, resting on old books to lift them above the ledge. There is no ledge in the bathroom, so I don’t what to do in there. I like the beach idea from Jennifer, but the theme in this bath changes when I have a spurt of energy I’m really tempted to go back to fake greenery. I’m reading all the replies, looking for ideas. ☺️

  • Mogie Mogie on Feb 11, 2023

    I would enclose it. That would look much neater and clearner plus not having to get up there to dust.