Mudroom Update: Installing Wall Cabinets

How to hang crown molding on cabinets when the cabinets don't go to the ceiling.

If you remember from a few weeks back, I started to update my mudroom. I wasn’t planning on a total remodel, only some decorative tweaking to update it. I started by adding a new ceiling light fixture and then painted a colorful rug on the floor. When I started to put the finishing touches on the rug is around the same time we decided to move.

With this news, my view on the house changed, including my plans for the mudroom. My plans went from decorating it with personal style to staging it to sell. 

One of the first things I knew would help the house sell was installing wall cabinets above the washer and dryer. Every buyer, no matter what their taste, loves lots of storage space.



I removed the free-standing rack I was content with using for 22 years and we installed two wall cabinets above the washer and dryer. Since storage is a selling feature when selling a house, the more we can add, the better. This was our first time installing wall cabinets and I was surprised how easy it was. We got both cabinets up in an hour. 


Why didn't I install wall cabinets to my mudroom sooner?  It was so easy.  Love the way my laundry room looks now with closed storage. How to install wall cabinets  in a laundry room or any room.

The new cabinets and freshly painted neutral walls make the room look move-in ready, no matter what the buyer’s decorating style is.

If you are on a budget and want to save money on the purchase of cabinets, check out scratch and dent retailers and thrift stores in your area. Another place to find inexpensive cabinets may be right next door.  If you know of a neighbor or family member who is remodeling their kitchen, they may have no use for their old cabinets. Then, with a few supplies from your local True Value, you can make any cabinets work for your needs!

When purchasing and hanging wall cabinets, keep in mind:

  • Wall cabinets are not as deep as base cabinets.  They usually have a depth of about a foot. Mine measure 30″ wide x 30″ high x 12″ deep.
  • Wall cabinets are usually hung around 54 inches from the floor, but when hanging them above a washer and dryer, make sure this measurement gives you enough space to open and close the washer lid.
  • The addition of crown molding along the top of the cabinets creates a finished look.  (Below, I share a trick on how to attach it easily even though it is not being attached to a ceiling.) 

How to Install Wall Cabinets

supplies needed:

  • Wall Cabinets  – I needed two so they would be the same width as the washer and dryer
  • 2″ x 4″ board to use as a level
  • Bubble level
  • Pencil
  • Drill and drill bit
  • 3″ #10 Screws – 3 to 6, dependent on stud placement, for each cabinet
  • Screwdriver
  • Stud Finder
  • Painter’s tape
  • Caulk
  • Cabinet knobs with screws


  • Crown Molding (length determined by width and depth of cabinets)
  • Two 6-inch long pieces of a 1″ x 4″ pine board
  • Miter saw
  • Liquid Nails

1. Remove cabinet doors for easier installation.

2. Find the wall studs using a stud finder and mark where they are with a pencil.

DIY-Tip When you find where the studs are in the wall, instead of using a pencil mark on the wall, place a piece of painter’s  tape in the area and then make your mark on the tape, not on the wall. This way you will not have pencil marks left on  your wall to clean off.


3. Use a bubble level to hang a 2″ x 4″ board at the cabinet height. 54 inches is standard wall cabinet height.  Pre-drill holes in wood and then use screws and a screwdriver to attach…. 

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