a solution for your kitchen soffit (bulkhead)

Wednesday, February 23

If you would like to add extra space to your kitchen, why not take the cabinets to the ceiling?
I would take any of these:
Michael Robinson Photography

Steve Gambrel

Adore and Elsa Soyars
A bulkhead above your cabinets can keep your kitchen from looking like the ones above.
1) You can remove the bulkhead.
2) If the bulkhead is full of wiring and other construction goods, you may need other options.


My solution?  
Work with what you've got.
Basically, just dress it up: trim, molding, beadboard.



Adding trim and molding to your bulkhead gives your kitchen 
a more finished and custom look.

Arden Stephenson

Adding beadboard is a simple fix.
Kitchen  kitchen

Buckingham Interiors

Is this something you would try?


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26 comments:

Brittany {Gallery No. Eight} said...

Definitely!! All of those kitchens look fabulous!

Val said...

Oh, how I wish I could do this to my cabinets!! Love these images.

tale of many cities said...

siiiiggggh.. so beautiful! i am coo koo for carrara marble!!

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

Adding the moulding to the bulkhead makes it look so so much better. Gorgeous examples of how to dress it right up Abby!

Ashly@Moon Walk said...

I love it and I agree. I would take any of them.

Courtney said...

Bulkhead! So THAT is what that thing is called! haha! Love all of these pictures! I actually love the look of small cabinets on top of regular size. It gives you the look of really expensive custom, but you could really obtain it with stock. We'll probably do something like that when we eventually build somewhere. Until then, trim on the bulkhead, it is!

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

I like the idea of dressing up soffits with beadboard. so perfect in the right country-modern kitchen.

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SHERRY HART said...

Gawd...I so want a new kitchen......I mean...I love that I have a kitchen :) Another good reason to take them all the way to the ceiling is then people are not tempted to put stuff above the cabinets :)

Judith @ Creating Balance said...

Yes! I hate my bulkhead!!!! Love the molding and beadboard.

Marianne (Style For Living) said...

I love the first two kitchens! Taking the cabinets to the ceiling is the best way to go.

Sara Mueller said...

Yes definitely! Love the custom look!

Tote said...

I never thought about bead board up there. It looks great. I think I might try that.

Carol@SofasandSage.com said...

My fab carpenter husband filled that space in our last kitchen with great molding, etc, and made the cheap oak cabinets look custom. What a difference. Even if you just take down that ugly, scalloped bridge that is often between the cabinets over the sink, you get a new kitchen. That one's easy. :) Nice ideas, thanks Abby

Dana {Southern Inspired} said...

Love those looks! Never knew what that was called - you learn something new every day :) I would love to have any of those kitchens!!

Simple Dwellings said...

I love the look of cabinetry right to the top of the ceiling! It makes the ceilings feel so much higher! I love all of these kitchens- I'll pick one of each! :)

Edwina@FASHION+ART said...

Is this something I might try??? HELL yeah! The turquoise chairs in the last shot were a fine finish.

Carissa @ the Fabulous Design File said...

Ok, wow! I love seeing something new... I would have never thought of that, but I love the idea. The bulkhead in my kitchen drives me crazy. It's so ugly. I never thought of just dressing it up!

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

Yeah, I have *no clue* which it is supposed to be called...but loving all those bright, crisp, clean kitchens!!! Notice I mentioned clean? I wish mine looked like those all the time! (c:

Nan @ Playful Decor said...

I have never understood why (mainly) builders always leave that space open. Granted I'd need a ladder to get up there, but a great storage place! Hopefully, we'll be re-doing our kitchen in 5 years....with top cabinets and moldings!

alison@MyLittleHappyPlace said...

I would do this in a heartbeat, especially if it saved me from having to tear into walls. Good eye, there!

lauren @ gathering moss said...

this is the BEST idea! will totally do this if we keep our cabinets when we reno our kitchen, which is likely. thanks for sharing!

riderwear said...

Ok, wow! I like to see something new ... I never thought about it, but I like the idea. The wall of my kitchen and it drives me crazy. It's so ugly. I never thought that dress!

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Magic Ear Kids said...

My husband will not entertain the idea if ripping the bulkheads out. I'm glad to see images of bulkheads looking so good!

M Adams said...

We have a similar problem with 10' ceilings and our architect suggested a huge soffit overhanding the cabinets. My husband found your blog and we loved your solutions! Would you mind sharing what lighting fixture you used in the Michael Robinson photo? It's stunning.

Anonymous said...

Perfect. I'm thinking of buying a 1970s house with bulkhead, but know there is wiring behind it. I love the idea of adding molding and trim. Just lovely!

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