We're currently in the process of adding a double wall oven to our kitchen. We had to cut down the countertop to accommodate the wall oven cabinet and now we have a problem I haven't run into before. While we can easily hide the edge of the countertop touching the back using a backsplash, I have no idea how you're supposed to hide the edge of the countertop touching the cabinet?

How is this typically handled?

Thank you!

Image attached for reference: Countertop meets cabinet

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That is handled with caulk. Either black or a color close to the light part of the counter, almond or tan.

I find good results if I apply the caulk. Smooth with a finger, then wipe with a lightly wet grout sponge. like this: sponge

  • Would it look bad to try to match the caulk color to the color of the cabinet?
    – Soviero
    Commented Feb 28, 2023 at 15:57
  • No, in most cases, darker is better than lighter, but I have used clear caulk on my counter in the same situation and it made the joint unnoticeable without very close examination.
    – RMDman
    Commented Feb 28, 2023 at 16:10
  • We just had our kitchen remodeled, and caulk is the way all these joints were handled (counter meeting a vertical side of a cabinet). The color of the caulk matched the counters (off white quartz), not the cabinets (light wood).
    – SteveSh
    Commented Feb 28, 2023 at 16:12

Usually a bead of caulking in your favourite available colour.

Will also seal the joint to prevent any spills from going in/under.


Other answers are good; another other method is to glue a small run of quarter/shoe molding stained to match the cabinet. The cabinet face should be about 1/4" past the cabinet wall; you can get 1/4" molding, so it won't stick out past the cabinet face.

Looks like you have some glue or something behind the cabinet face too, so you can stain/paint that while you're at it.


To a large extent this comes down to 1) how wide & irregular the gap is between the counter and the cabinet and 2) aesthetics/personal opinion.

Here are examples showing both approaches. The first is from a remodel I did some 14 years ago in a previous house, and shows a backsplash used that was made from the same material (granite in this case) as the counter.

The second picture is from a recent remodel we had done where just caulk was used to seal the gap.

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I'd consider extending the backsplash forward along the cabinet, if there is one -- or adding one if there isn't. It still leaves you with countertop material abutting wood, but it would at least look more deliberate and be more spill resistant.

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    Extending the backsplash - then you have two joints that might require caulking (where the backsplash meets the cabinet, and where the backsplash meets the counter.
    – SteveSh
    Commented Feb 28, 2023 at 17:07
  • Granted. On the other hand, you have an easier surface to clean at that junction than wood. Just offering it as an option.
    – keshlam
    Commented Feb 28, 2023 at 17:10
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    @SteveSh assuming the cabinet wall is straight, the backsplash will be a lot neater a line than the slightly uneven countertop that's there now.
    – Huesmann
    Commented Mar 1, 2023 at 14:40

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