As I’ve mentioned before, we built our home four years ago and were faced with a series of bare white rooms. No crown molding, no trim around the windows.
So my husband Dave read up on how to install them, bought the equipment, and set to work.
Because we’ve had so much interest in the topic of crown molding from people visiting this site, I asked Dave to share his advice for anyone who wants to attempt it themselves. He insists that it isn’t as difficult as you think!
Take it away, Dave!
How to Hang Crown Molding
Paint your crown molding instead of staining it. It’s easier to cover up your mistakes. Caulk can cover up a multitude of sins. There is little room for error when working with natural wood.
A power compound miter saw and an air compressor and nailer are indispensable.
Here are the steps that worked for me:
- paint walls (no need to paint all the way to the ceiling)
- paint ceiling (no need to paint all the way to the walls)
- measure room
- purchase supplies
- paint molding (2 coats typically)
- repeat steps 6 and 7 all around the room
- fill nail holes
- tape walls and ceiling along the crown molding
- caulk gaps and between molding and ceiling and molding and walls
- touch up paint on molding
- remove tape
- touch up paint on ceiling and walls if needed
When cutting the crown, I tried several times cutting inside corners and outside corners with one-foot long pieces until I got it right. Once I did I kept the small one-foot long pieces as reference. I followed the old adage, “measure twice, cut once.” I’d measure twice, but also refer to my samples to make sure I was going to cut the pieces the right way.
If it’s your first time, don’t expect to cut everything perfectly. I didn’t and had to go back to Lowe’s to purchase more molding to finish the job.
Working with eight-foot pieces is easier, but of course requires more joints, which means more chance for error and not the seamless look.
I started cutting by holding the molding on the bottom and against the back fence of the saw (in position). I then learned how to set your compound miter saw that will allow you to set the saw angles to cut “on the flat.” This was helpful to me.
Melody from ~Pennies In My Pocket~ says
Thank you, thank you, thank you! This post is fabulous and beyond helpful!!
I used to think crown molding was a luxury. After seeing your blog, I’ve come to believe it is a necessity. What a difference it makes! Thanks for all the good ideas you’re putting out there.
A few more easy tips:
1. On long runs you can hold pieces up and mark them instead of using your tape. This eliminates the need to “measure twice”.
2. Figure out the distance from the ceiling to where the bottom of the crown hits the wall and snap a base line before installing the crown. This helps minimize any waves or discrepancies in the ceiling.
Crown is fun!
Thanks for the extra tips, Seth! I’ll be passing them along to Dave. There are plenty more rooms around here waiting for him to work his magic on them. 🙂
Who’s “Crown Moulding?”
Oh…I’ve been living in Bangor too long!
If you’re into crown molding you should check out Trim-stix.com.
Some guy made a video about a tool that helps with it!
Did you use wood or mdf for your moldings? They are gorgeous!
Do you have any more pictures that show the trim and moldings in the first room? I have contractors coming tomorrow and would like to try to replicate that.
I’ve never given this a try, but I think it’s about time I do.