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Removing Kitchen Soffits

Removing Cabinet Molding

Our kitchen is small, so anywhere we can wrangle up a little extra space is certainly welcomed.  The bulky soffits that were above our wall cabinets were definitely taking up valuable space. We knew that we wanted to remove them to help open up and make our kitchen feel larger. It was especially important to remove these on the wall behind the sink since we were planning on placing open shelving and backsplash tile from the counter to the ceiling.

After opening up the end of the long soffit above our microwave, we knew that it wasn’t hiding any duct work, electrical or plumbing. We already knew that the soffits above the sink were only decorative, since they were so small.

We used the following tools for this project- gloves, hammer, exacto knife, screw driver, pry bar and vacuum.

First, we removed the cabinets on the wall with the sink.

Removing Kitchen Soffits

We started by hammering into the center of the soffit. This created a hole so we could see into the empty soffit. Bonus points if you vacuum up the insulation and mouse droppings now instead of waiting until they fall out of the soffit!

Removing Kitchen Soffits

 

Removing Kitchen Soffits

Once you open up the wall, you can see exactly where the framing is. We used the hammer to break up the rest of the drywall on the soffit, then we pulled the remaining drywall off by hand or with a small pry bar. We used the exacto knife to score the edges where the soffit met the actual wall. This helped to give us a clean edge when we removed all the drywall.

Removing Kitchen Soffits

Once all the drywall was removed from the soffit, we just used a screwdriver to dismantle the framing.

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And that was that! We left ourselves with some gross looking holes in the wall, but it immediately opened up the room and really helped us get that extra space we so desperately needed.

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Too Much Kitchen Cabinet Molding?

Well that was a long time of not writing. Not that a lot wasn’t going on in our kitchen, we just writing and recapping it :). When we left off in the kitchen, the cabinets were looking like this.

Kitchen Remodel- Before Pictures

If you’ll notice, we had some molding above and below the cabinets. While it did a nice job of making our cabinets look more upscale, it definitely was leaving our counter top area feeling crunched. We removed the molding simply by unscrewing it from below.

Removing Cabinet MoldingAnd then just by giving it a little tug.

Removing Cabinet MoldingI know that not everyone is going to like this look- however we love how this left us with a much more open feeling kitchen. I know that it only saves us about 2″ in height, but it makes a big difference when you are prepping food on the counters! I think that we’ll leave these extra moldings out when we redo the cabinets!

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