How to install crown molding to ceiling only

Paint the crown.

This step will require paint and a brush. Enamel paints are generally the best for this kind of work, and fall into two basic categories: acrylic enamel, which dries quickly and is less odorous than its counterpart, but which has a flatter finish, or alkyd enamel, which takes longer to dry and has a stronger smell, but whose deep, lustrous finish cannot be matched by acrylic paint. Whichever style you choose, use an angle sash brush (which is preferred for its ability to paint sharp, clean lines easily), and apply your paint evenly and methodically.

The standard color for crown molding is white, but other colors may be appropriate depending on the effect you desire for the room you are working on. You can also paint the molding before you install it, but be aware that you'll have to repaint anywhere that gets scuffed during...
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Using a caulk gun, apply caulk along the top and bottom seams of the entire perimeter of the crown molding. With a wet rag handy, use a damp finger to smooth out the bead of caulk after every 1 to 2 feet of application on the seams, or nail holes, wiping off the excess on a rag and keeping your finger clean. Fill indented nail heads with caulk, smoothing away excess with your finger.

When painting the crown molding, "cutting in" or painting horizontally is necessary along the top and bottom of the molding. The easiest way to do this, if you do not have years of experience painting horizontally, is to use a 2-inch angled sash brush to pull the brush 3 to 4 inches horizontally and then pull slightly in a downward direction as you lift the brush. Then re-dip the brush if needed, going back over the area where you started to pull down, brush horizontally 3 to 4 inches and then again pull downward as you lift the brush. This method of "cutting in" requires less time for one to...

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Photo by Brian Moloney (Flickr)

After we finish a ceiling, or whenever a customer asks us how to finish a ceiling they completed with materials they bought from us, we always like to point the conversation toward crown molding. Sure, we sell plenty of crown molding for you to choose from, but that is not the only reason that we recommend it. The effect you get from crown molding cannot be duplicated by any other finishing product, and for the money, we think that crown molding is the best finishing option available.

Types of Crown Molding

The great thing about crown molding is that it comes in a variety of looks and you can usually find a price that fits your budget. You can get some very decorative crown molding, or you can go with a basic look that is still stunning. You can get unfinished crown molding and apply your own colors to it, or you can get molding that has already been treated and ready to install.

The Right Tools

Crown molding is...

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Ok...Little bit of a dilemma.

One of us recently got bit by the HGTV bug and decided we needed crown molding in the dining room/den. Wasn't thrilled, but I went along with it because I didn't think it could be that bad, having done baseboard/trim before.

Here's the problem. The den and dining room aren't two separate rooms, but rather joined. The dining room has a 9 foot coved ceiling that transitions to an 8 foot ceiling in the den. As you can imagine, that leaves some odd angles, that I'm not entirely sure how to handle.

In particular, where the dining room transitions to the 8-foot ceiling in the den, there's a 45-degree wedge (approximately), that I'm not sure how to handle as just running a length of molding across would leave part of the molding dangling with no wall, and abruptly terminating would just leave a weird, unfinished look.

Additionally, with the coved ceiling in the dining room, we're no longer dealing with 90-degree angles from wall to...

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Crown molding is a trim detail installed at the top of walls at the point where they intersect with a ceiling. In its simplest form, crown molding is designed to cover transitions in materials and hide imperfections or gaps. In practical use, crown molding, as the name suggests, is the crowning decorative element or the finishing statement in a room.

A crown molding installation can be addressed with a single piece of stock in a variety of profiles and sizes available at your local lumberyard or home center. Crown molding can also be "built-up" from multiple pieces of material, offering a virtually limitless array of design possibilities.

Just as crown details are wide and reaching, the techniques and methods used to approach its installation can be somewhat broad--the needed skills varying by the installation approach you select. Because of that, this article won’t be completely comprehensive. Instead, this how-to will offer one technique for a simple crown molding...

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There are some basic rules for installing crown molding that you can pick up anywhere, but the best way to master them is to watch a pro. When we asked Tom Silva to show us how he puts up crown, his 40 years of experience became evident right away. For one thing, he seldom picks up a tape measure, marking his cuts in place whenever possible. "Measuring leaves you open to miscalculations," he says.

He also doesn't lay the molding flat to cut it. Cutting crown flat, though it might seem easier, requires a saw that lets you tilt the blade (for the bevel) and rotate it (for the miter angle). You also need a set of tables to know the correct angles for the cuts.

Instead, Tom uses a simple power miter saw and arranges the material so it sits against the saw fence at the same angle it will be nailed to the wall.

Although the molding has to be upside down in this method, a simple downward cut of the blade set at 45 degrees produces the perfect bevel and miter at once,...

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If one gets an opportunity to travel to Jordan, one must visit Petra that has ancient ruins that date back to 6th century BC. One of the most elaborate ruins displaying majestic rock architecture is the Al Khazneh also known as "the Treasury". The detailing and exquisite architectural design is a visual treat that transports you back thousands of ages. While there are many intrinsic architecture details, there is a particular feature called crown molding which is still used in modern designs worldwide. Crown moldings are found where the ceiling and wall meet. In many ancient cultures such as Greek, Islamic and Asian, monuments, temples and building have ornate crown moldings. They serve as a purpose to provide smooth visual transition between cornice and frieze. In Roman Doric column designs, molding is also found at the base of the column to give smooth design flow from the floor to the column. Every interior designer will agree that the style of the room can be completely...

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Installing crown molding is one of the more difficult aspects of finish carpentry. Crown molding is typically used in a couple different situations.

One of the more apparent situations where you might see crown molding is installed at the tops of kitchen cabinetry. Another place is at the top of walls where a wall meets the ceiling. Both applications add character and do a good job of dressing up a room. Here are a few quick tips for installing crown molding that will help if you have never done a project like this.

The Profile

Crown molding is not as difficult as it seems. One key thing to remember is to hold the molding on the miter saw the same way it gets nailed up and installed. What this means exactly is: crown molding will have a flat section of the profile on the bottom of the molding that is nailed flat against the wall or cabinet. This flat section has to be held flat against the fence on your miter saw.

Some finish carpenters will disagree...

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One of the best ways to add sophistication and elegance to any room is to use crown moldings. However, the installation process is very difficult, and many homeowners shy away from doing it on their own. But with proper research and the right tools, you can install crown molding in your home. One of the basic things that you need to remember while selecting the molding is that it should match the color of the walls. The wrong color can mar the beauty of the room. Also be sure to measure the dimensions of the room you are installing the molding in.


First, you need to choose the molding for your room. Crown moldings are available in a variety of colors, designs, and materials. While it might be tempting to choose a wide molding with lots of carved details, you need to remember that it should match the decor and proportions of your room. Choose the ornately carved ones only if you have a large room with country-style decor. Otherwise a fairly straight trim...

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Here’s my not so carefully guarded secret of how to install crown molding on a vaulted ceiling.

You don’t.

The majority of homes built during the last thirty years consist of both traditional and contemporary design elements. This is most evident in the great room and open floor plans that replaced more traditionally divided homes.

These great rooms, with their asymmetrical vaulted ceilings, are the contemporary portion — installing crown molding on these chaotic angles looks forced. Your crown molding looses and your great room looses.

Instead, install what I’ve come to call a “flying crown.”

Use a flying crown to divide up the vast walls of impersonal and hard to decorate exposures of drywall. Paint the walls below the flying crown a bold color, and then paint the space above the flying crown some other color.

This great room decorating technique allows you to create a more intimate space below, while retaining the lofty, airy...

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Crown molding is like, well, a crown for a room. It’s one of the first things I notice about a home because it’s such a beautiful accent, and it adds a lot of visual interest. Installing crown molding is a project that I’ve wanted to share with you for some time, and when a friend told me that he was putting crown up at his parents house, I immediately offered to help.

For some reason it seems that homeowners shy away from installing crown molding themselves. I think the combination of miter and bevel cuts intimidates the average DIYer. Well this article will put all those fears to rest. I’ll cover how to cut those tricky corners, scarf joints, nailing the crown molding and a few tricks to help along the way. The result is a beautiful, seamless installation that you can brag about to all your friends.

Installing Crown Molding

The Gear
Let’s start this project by discussing the tools you’ll need to install crown molding. We used:

Porter Cable...
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Unlike kitchen or bathroom upgrades, installing crown molding to increase the value of your home often doesn’t provide the drastic surge in resale value that homeowners expect. This architectural feature is one of those things that, when done well, makes the ceiling seem higher, the room seem more finished and the home seem more interesting than it would without the molding; however, the crown molding itself usually results only in breaking even or adding a little to the home's value.

Don’t Upgrade Too Much

A common mistake some homeowners make is going overboard with upgrades. No matter how beautiful a home is, high-end finishes in a mid-range neighborhood almost never increase the value enough so that you recoup the cost. To get a feel for what type of crown molding is normal or average in your area, look at recently sold and open listings. This will give you an idea as to what buyers are responding to as well as what’s inside your neighborhood's homes. When it...

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You know, I really love architectural millwork and molding. It adds detail, character and elegance to just about any room. Now I'm fortunate to have a good bit here in the living and some in the family room.

But this is one room, the master bedroom, where I haven't put up any crown or cornice molding and I think it would look really nice in here. So I'm gonna do it. But I've kind of set up a challenge for myself. I want to work alone and I want to do this project in the very simplest way possible.

A little bit of exploration on the Internet led me to Creative Crown Molding of Dallas. Now here, I found an intriguing option to the usual solution. So I placed an order. The whole thing arrived in a box only four feet long and weighing just a couple of pounds.

Now this cornice molding is not wood, but polystyrene. It's lightweight, easy to handle, I can cut it using regular woodworking tools, and get this, it requires no nails or screws to put...

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Nothing enhances interior appeal like custom crown molding. Here is a step-by-step guide for self-installation.

Choose Your Style

Wood molding is rather pricey, so be sure to research the exact kind you want. Some owners choose to go with MDF material to lower costs or enjoy a pre-primed surface. However, this option is not appropriate for moisture-prone areas like the kitchen or bathroom. You also want to determine what breadth you want. This is the face size of your molding. In general, a two to five-inch breadth is sufficient for an average-sized room with an eight-foot ceiling. For ceilings over 14 feet, you want at least eight inches.

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Take Your Measurements

Measuring for your project should not be difficult, but there are a few tricks to this. Measure your walls to the nearest inch and sketch a diagram on a blank sheet of paper. For two inside corners, simply mark down the lengths of each wall. For outside corners, or...

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Getting Started
Installation of crown molding may seem like a daunting task, but with a little guidance and very little practice just about anyone can do a praiseworthy job installing crown molding. This guide will cover the basics of cutting and installing crown molding. As with any task, there are various ways to cut and install crown molding and if you have a different method that you are comfortable with, then by all means use it. You use our products in much the same way as you would other crown moldings on the market.

Materials & Tools Needed-

Hammer / Finish Nails / Nail Set / Brad Gun Miter Saw / Miter Box Caulking (paintable latex) Adhesive / Caulking Gun Tape Measure / Pencil Angle Finder / Protractor Sandpaper- Medium Grit Utility Knife Mineral Spirits / Rag Paint / Paint Brush Things to Consider Before you Order

How Many Pieces Should I Order?
Calculating How Many Pieces...

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Get the right proportions.

Crown molding changes the perceived shape of a room. In a space that's tall and narrow, adding a crown accentuates ceiling height while creating the illusion of width. Select a profile that complements the room. If the molding is too tall, it can feel overbearing; too small and it looks out of place. Figure 1/2 inch of rise for every foot of ceiling height. A well-proportioned crown is often slightly narrower than the baseboard.

MDF or paint-grade wood?

Medium-density fiberboard (MDF) moldings are affordable and readily available in long lengths, so they're ideal for crown projects. Paint-grade wood moldings are usually pine or poplar. They show detail well and are a good choice for complex designs. However, they're hard to find in lengths over 12 feet unless they're finger-joined.

Shop local.

If you need to match existing moldings or you're remodeling a historical home, seek out local suppliers that specialize in...

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A web site for understanding and cutting the compound angles for Crown Molding and cornice mouldings

Solution: A few tips for measuring and laying out a crown project!

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Solution: Here are a few tips for finding studs!

Solution: Typically these are the nails you'll want to use.

Typically you'll be nailing to a framed stud wall. Like the image left, the studs will most likely be 16" on center for...

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