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How to Fit Kitchen Cornice and pelmet. Part two

June 20th, 2009 No comments

The next job is to fit the light pelmet, which is the moulding fitted below the wall units which traditionally, as the name implies, screens the lights that are fitted below the wall units.

Often when the pelmet has been fitted and the lights are turned on, light can shine through the gap between the bottom of the wall unit and top of the pelmet. This can be resolved by using a dark silicone or mastic behind the pelmet where it meets the wall unit.

When it comes to fixing the pelmet in place there are two ways to do it depending on the profile of the moulding.

If it’s an L shape moulding the fixing can be through the extension piece of the L. Care needs to be taken when selecting the length of screws.

 If the moulding is a single profile then you have to fix down through the bottom of the cabinets.

If the tiling is being done as well as the kitchen it is best to fit the pelmet along the fronts and then cut all of the returns that go back to the wall but not fit them.

Do all of the tiling and grouting before trimming and fitting the returns. On some types of pelmet it is not possible to screw the returns, so these are best secured by running clear silicone along the top of the pelmet and putting a good quality adhesive on the joint and pushing it into place.

The silicone will hold the pelmet whilst the joint is properly aligned, cleaned up and taped with 20mm masking tape. The glue usually dries in 30 minutes but leave on as long as possible or until the next day


Ray Brock
"The Seasoned Kitchen Fitter"

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