Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 2 1/2 hrs from anywhere in PA. that's Pennsylvania, the state of precipitation.
backlighting the tops of the cabinets, countertop
you said building frames for acrylic panels...is your plan to replace the bulkhead panels with opaque plastic panels with lighting behind? or will you still have space up there to set stuff on?
how far out will the panels be? if you wood frame them i assume you will paint them as well?
my rope lights from lowes were only 14$ i think (25 feet?)
my total wood purchases, oak for crown, other oak moulding, oak for brackets and the countertop (two oak glued up stairway treads)for the bar-turned-old style-cupboard came to about $125 and the two oak beadboard panels were 38 a piece. the tops of the cabinets i set stuff on...so i had to build that up higher so displays would be at right height....i re-used the bulkhead panels and scrap wood up there.
i had to replace my counter..it was ugly. so i priced and priced and found the local cabinet manufacturer was the best price....now remember, i already built the countertop for the cupboard so i really didn't have much of a run to purchase..i went with the "waterfall" edge and selected the wilsonart high definition formica. it was $425. i was warned against a solid color and /or super shiney formica...5 places told me that it really doesn't stay nice, scratches will happen and it really will show. so, my high definition has texture and some shine. IF your present countertop (formica?) is flat....no "drip-free" edges and the back splash is either absent or is also flat or squared off...YOU can resurface that with formica (flat pieces from big store). sand it down a bit first, so the contact cement sticks...you'll need help laying the new.....and ask the guys on this forum ...i think u trim it off with a router. you also can save by selecting the big store's in-stock counter. i spent the 425, other made to order places for exact same were as high as $900 and if i would've bought ready to go at Lowes etc it would've cost less than $150. they usually have about 6 colors to chose from. i really reccommend you do not "paint" it. the tv shows tell u it works, the manufacturers of the product say and sponsor the shows....but you are going to put alot of work into this, you don't want to turn around and have to do it again or have the end result actually look like it was a quickie job! be careful!
you will find we all warn against that which we have tried or opinion to be less than best! you post to us what you are going to do and we will assist and support you!
windy here, but electric is still on ! about ready to shut out the lights .....i usually check this site early in ams and in eves....good luck. julie