Dentil Moulding on Besta cabinets

Styled Builtins Head On Angle As promised, here's a closer look at how I added custom trim to the Besta Cabinets we installed earlier this year in the family room.

  • Glue wood blocks to the tops of the cabinets:  In order to add trim, we first needed to place something solid above the cabinets that we could nail into.  Adam cut several blocks of wood and glued them to the tops of the cabinets using PL construction adhesive.  I wanted the trim to be inset by 1.5 inches to ensure that it did not interfere with the opening and closing of the cabinet doors, so we placed the wood blocks 2 inches from the front of the cabinets (1.5 inches inset plus .5 inch trim thickness)WoodBlocks

Wood Blocks, Glued

  • Cut the flat crown moulding: Once the glue was dry (we waited 24 hrs), we measured the trim height at several spots across the cabinets (to account for the uneven ceilings) and cut the flat trim horizontally. Note: we had to cut the trim because the hardware store didn't have the correct size in the style that we wanted.
  • Glue and nail the flat crown moulding to the wood blocks:  After doing a test fit with the cut trim, we put glue on the fronts of the wood blocks, placed the trim, and then used a pneumatic nailer for added strength. Note how we put green tape on the cabinets as markers to know where we had placed the wood blocks so that we don't nail into nothingness.

Trim nailed to wood

Installing Flat Trim

With the flat trim fastened, there was still a small gap between the ceiling and the moulding, but that's where the dentil moulding came in handy.Trim, first part

  • Glue the dentil moulding to the flat trim: Dentil moulding gets its name from looking a little like teeth.  I picked this style because I wanted something classic but not too ornate.  To affix the trim, we put PL glue again on the back, and placed it as close to the ceiling as possible to hide the gap.  We also added a few nails for the fun of it. Dentil Moulding above

Dentil Moulding Close-up

  • Apply caulking to seams and holes: Prior to painting, I lined all the seams and filled all the nail holes with white (paintable) caulking.  (let dry for 3 hrs minimum)
  • 2 coats of paint:  I bought a quart of Behr paint from Home Depot that they color matched with the IKEA cabinets, and applied 2 coats to the trim.

And voila!  End result looked like this:

Moulding Detail

Moulding Detail 2