How to Upgrade the Cabinet Over the Fridge

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If you have a kitchen cabinet over your fridge, you probably use it to store little-used kitchen items. Ours has our crock pot, a cupcake tower, and an immersion blender!

However, it was an eyesore. We did some simple DIYs to upgrade it and make it beautiful as well as useful.

Here is our cabinet before. It was low, recessed (hard to reach inside!). We didn't love the color or the knobs, either.

The cabinet was screwed into the wall, so we unscrewed it and removed it. Take this time to paint the wall behind the cabinet and fill any holes in the wall.

Here is what we did to the cabinet:

  • paint to match other cabinets (we had painted those white already) Here are my tips for painting cabinets
  • Add new knobs to match other cabinets
  • Re-hung the cabinet at ceiling height and flush with fridge
  • When we hung crown molding in the kitchen, we ran it in front of this cabinet for a built in look
  • The bottom of the cabinet was really ugly, so we covered it with beadboard, pictured here.

This was a small, simple upgrade but it made a huge difference to our kitchen! Hop over to our blog, for our full DIY kitchen makeover!

Suggested materials:
  • Cabinet paint
  • Beadboard
  • Crown molding
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Morgan McBride
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  • It looks like it should always have been like you finished it! Is there a way to have the full depth of the fridge top, without having to buy a new cabinet to bring forward & flush with the fridge front? My cabinet is already to the shorter kitchen ceiling, but so far back, that I keep it empty, and have items sitting on top of the refrigerator and in front of this ridiculous cabinet! Any suggestions! Your crown moulding looks great!

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  • Sheryll S Sheryll S on May 25, 2021

    Mines way back also, but down so low. I'm doing this & raising it up enough to still have my flour, sugar canisters on top of my fridge!

    Such a great idea!

  • Sandra nicky Sandra nicky on Jun 09, 2021

    Thank you SO much! You kick started my beady little brain!! I only have the left wall. The cabinet is is flush with the others on that wall. HOWEVER, I never even saw that wasted space, w/o YOU.

    I am going to haunt my Habitat “Restore” to find a full depth cabinet!

    Thanks again for opening my eyes!