How to decorate the top of your cabinets; an easy trick

Have you ever wanted to know how to add stuff to the top of your cabinets without the items getting lost below the crown moulding?


See how you can see the bottom of each item?

{An updated version of this stove area can be found here. This photo is obviously from before I painted.}


I’ll show you my dirty little secret…





I balance all my decor on top of little boxes that are approximately the same height as the top of the cabinet to where the crown moulding meets.

But won’t the boxes show, especially if they are slightly too tall like mine are?



When you stand on the floor you have to look up to see the tops of the cabinets {dur}. The angle is enough that it totally blocks the view of the boxes but still allows you to see the entire decor item.


See how you can see the entire Wheatgrass tin and numbers instead of just the top 1/3 of it? They are all balanced on little boxes (…on the hillside, Little boxes made of ticky tacky. Little boxes on the hillside, little boxes all the same. There’s a green one and a pink one and a blue one and a yellow one, and they’re all made out of ticky tacky and they all look just the same… NAME THAT TV SHOW for 5 points!)

And now, here’s a play-by-play on how to decorate your cabinets with little boxes and ticky tacky.



First you need your decor items.


I bought a bowl from IKEA (that actually ended up being too big, but fortunately I had the same bowl in a smaller size in my stash), a glass milk jug from goodwill, a vase that was my grandfathers, and the white vase from this post.

Now gather up your supplies!


I’ve got several mini boxes from some dishes, a large plate rack from IKEA (that I ended up not using), and a mini gold plate holder from walmart.

Make sure your little boxes are the right height. In the past I’ve used bowls turned upside down, stacks of CDs, cardboard from the recycle bin, etc. Just find something you can set your decor on top of.


Now, all you have to do is tweak your decor until you like the way it looks. (I’m totally going to spray paint that gold plate holder, don’t worry.)


And there you have it. Perfectly placed decor on top of cabinets. I promise no one will ever know your little secret unless they are at least 8 feet tall.


{The big green plant post can be found here.}

These wheatgrass tins can be found here and here. And here are links to the knife block and cloche with the green apples.

Do you have any other awesome tips or tricks for decorating?! I’d love to hear them. I’m always looking for new ideas.

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