Crown Molding Installation: How To Do It Step By Step
How To Install Crown Molding On Kitchen Cabinets – Tutorial Video Guide
The following video shows you how to install crown molding on kitchen cabinets. You will learn how to properly place the crown moldings and what type of hardware to use.
This tutorial is designed for those who are new at installing crown molding or have never installed crown molding before. If you are looking for a quick and easy guide on how to install crown molding then this video is not for you.
In the following video we show you how to install crown molding using 2 types of hardware. These two types of hardware are called “T” brackets and “U” brackets.
Both types of hardware work well with either type of wood. We also show you how to attach the crown molding to your cabinet.
Crown Molding Installation: How To Do It Step By Step
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How To Install Crown Molding On Cabinets – Total Cost & Time:
Tools Required: Hammer, Tape Measure or Ruler, Utility knife, Stud Finder, measure tape, pencil, screw drivers, Pliers.
Total Project Cost: $30 to $50
Time Requirement: 2 to 4 hours
Step 1. Before you begin installing your crown molding you first need to find the studs in your wall.
The best way to find the studs is to use a stud finder, however, if you don’t have one you can tap along the wall and try to identify the studs that way.
Step 2. Once you have found the location of your studs you can start installing your crown molding.
The first step is to measure the height of your crown molding and mark that height on your wall. The top part of your crown molding should be exactly the same height as the top of your cabinet.
Step 3. The next step is to mark where the studs are in relation to your marks.
You need to mark at least two studs so that your nails or screws will be able to support the weight of your crown molding.
Step 4. Use a combination of nails and screws to secure your molding.
Use the nails or screws that come with your molding, if not, you can use other nails or screws of a similar size. Make sure that you place your nails or screws into studs whenever possible.
Step 5. The next step is to measure the height and width of your crown molding and transfer those measurements to the molding itself.
Mark the center of your molding at both the top and bottom.
Step 6. The next step is to determine the angle of your crown molding.
You want the bottom of your crown molding to be perpendicular to the top, which means the angle of your molding should be roughly between 90 degrees and 45 degrees. To find this number, measure 3/4 of the height of your crown molding (height is from the bottom to top) and then move 1/4 of that over from the center. So if your height is 1 foot, measure 3/4 of that which is 7/8. Then move 1/4 of that over which would be a little less than a 16th of an inch. This will give you a 2 degree angle (2 degrees, 16 minutes, and 24 seconds). Mark this angle on the molding itself using pencil.
Step 7. Cut along the angle you just marked.
You can use either a circular saw, a mitre saw set to the right angle, or a jig saw. Be very careful when using power tools.
NOTE: Be sure to clean the sawdust off your molding before proceeding.
Step 8. The next step is to check the fit of the base molding in the corner.
Make adjustments if necessary.
Step 9. The next step is to measure and mark the height of your base molding on the wall.
You want this to be exactly the same height as the top of the cabinet.
Step 10. Apply molding to the wall in the same way that you did for the base molding.
Step 11. Check your corners.
If the corners of your crown and base molding aren’t exactly at 90 degrees you will need to make some cuts to adjust the fit.
Step 12. Apply molding to the wall in the same way that you did for the corner until you reach a corner.
Step 13. For corners there are several different ways you can do this.
Many people have a special miter saw that cuts exact miters, if not you can adjust your angle and cut pieces to fit or (my favorite) you can create an inside and outside corner. To create an inside corner you measure the angle of the wall and crown molding, then using that number minus a few degrees (usually around 3-5) to allow a small connection in the corner. To create an outside corner just measure the molding on the wall then double it for the molding on the floor.
Step 14. After fitting your corners your base and crown moldings should meet up nicely with each other at your walls.
Step 15. Make any last adjustments to the molding on the floor and on the wall.
Step 16. Using a small nail gun, nail gun, or some finishing nails and a hammer, nail your molding to the wall in places where you can’t use a screw.
Be sure to also add molding nails to your crown molding at the corners and any other place where it seems prone to falling off.
Step 17. The next step is to caulk along the floor and wall where the two meet.
This will give a nice finish and help prevent minor water damage.
Congratulations! You have successfully installed your molding!
TIP: After finishing the first room you will notice several minor differences from your original plan. It is very important to fix these differences before moving on to the next installation.
Otherwise you may have to start over in the next room.
NOTE: In the example project, the walls of this room are not square so there are some adjustments that need to be made on both the wall and floor moldings.
NOTE: Your floor may not be the same height throughout your house. In this example room, the floor gets lower as you go from left to right.
To adjust for this, the molding on the floor will have to be cut at different heights on each side of the room.
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Sources & references used in this article:
- Corner molding (RB Johnson – US Patent 3,200,547, 1965 – Google Patents)
- Molding for suspended panel ceiling (RJ Jones, WJ Platt – US Patent 7,278,243, 2007 – Google Patents)
- Molding member having planar portion tacked to ceiling or wall surface by sealant or caulk (J Koenig, M Budzik – US Patent App. 11/088,451, 2005 – Google Patents)