Installing cabinet crown molding is a great way to add flair to a kitchen. Outside wall corners are seldom perfectly square, so simply cutting both crown pieces to 45 degrees usually won’t cause them to meet snugly at the corner. Though it’s most commonly applied to join walls and ceilings, crown molding is also used to create decorative touches for cabinets, cornice assemblies, and window and mirror frames. Hollow PVC crown molding can serve as a neat and unobtrusive way to hide cables and audio and communication wires in your home theater.
To cut a piece of crown molding at 45 degrees, turn it upside down on your power miter saw so that the top edge of the molding is on the table of the saw, and the bottom edge of the molding is against the fence. Because crown molding gives a room instant appeal and elegant sophistication, it increases the likelihood of a better purchase offer. Please note that not all crown moldings are made for 45 degree angles, some are made for 38 degree angles check your before cutting your blocks. When you have a long run that requires a joint, cut the angle so it faces away from the direction that you walk into a room. Aside from style, built-up crown has this big benefit: It eliminates nailing frustrations.
He does detail-oriented work in kitchen cabinet crown molding installation, interior design and more. My second strategy was to take everything apart (after whimpering to Marc for a little bit) and give the molding a boost. Stand your crown on the table of the miter saw on the B edge pushed back to the fence, so the A edge is against the fence, and the top of the crown is leaning toward you. Furthermore, if the molding shifts or shrinks, a scarf joint will remain hidden. Make a marking gauge the same size as the crown, then use it to position the crown on the rail.
For an outside angle, hold two short boards of equal width, edges against each of the adjoining walls where you’ll install the crown molding. The tracks don’t come with screws to hang them so I recommend using 2” wood screws on all studs and if you want, toggle bolts where there are no studs to screw to. The mounting hardware that holds the cabinets to the track comes with the hardware in the box containing the cabinet. Select a stand with an integral power strip and extendable arms to support lengths of molding.
Most crown comes in 16-foot lengths, so unless you’re trimming out a gymnasium, a single piece can usually span each wall. Tip: Especially with bevel angles, it’s tough to see exactly where the blade will cut the workpiece. If you have tall hanging cabinets like me, I already told you not to butt them against the ceiling if you’re installing crown molding. Of course, hand-milled crown molding is still an option, but it’s often cost-prohibitive for the average homeowner.
When deciding on the elevation of your hanging cabinets, be aware that it is impossible to install the crown molding if you butt the cabinets up against the ceiling. See how we kept our existing soffit with our Ikea Lidingo cabinets and used crown molding and the deco strip to make it look custom. You can easily damage the veneered finish and it’s really hard to get a straight, clean cut. If their edges don’t make tight, even contact, I adjust the saw for a second cut.
To make miter cuts for copes and outside corners, you have to lean the crown molding—tilted at exactly the correct angle—against the saw’s fence (Photo 11). But now that we’ve been looking at the room with fresh eyes – having repainted the walls and refaced the fireplace – AND having gotten over my fear of installing crown molding thanks to my new BFF, the nail gun (maybe that’s the real reason we skipped it last year?)… we decided to reconsider.
We had smaller molding on the cabinet tops, oak stain that had drastically lost its luster over the six years we’ve lived here and no hardware. Turn the piece of crown molding upside down and slide it into the miter saw along the fence so the bottom of the crown piece is leaning up against the top of the fence and the top is resting along the base of the saw. You may need to cut an inside corner if your cabinets wrap around an inside corner of your walls. Installing crown is a bit trickier than other trim because it requires cutting compound angles.
That leaves the fourth wall with a double cope or what I call the money cut (one chance only). The seams blend in perfectly after you caulk and paint over them, so don’t worry if you can’t find a single strip of molding long enough. Besides the crown moulding itself, there were 8′ lengths of 1 x 2 and 1 x 4 material but no instructions on how to install it. Hold the straight end against the wall and mark where the crown moulding exits the cabinet.
So we’re going to attach flat baseboard to both the wall and the ceiling, then install the crown molding in between the two. If there is not a large area of cabinet sides and face-frame (above your crown bottom line) it will be difficult to attach the crown moulding with nails because you angle the nails up, often missing the cabinet/faceframe all together. Now that all of your cabinet boxes are installed, you can begin filling in the other parts.
Another tip is to be very careful when you actually cut the crown molding There are a lot of mistakes that you can make at this stage in the installation, so be careful. He predrilled all the holes before placing the nails, and he used a nail set to recess the heads of the nails into the trim without marring and damaging the face of the crown. For some reason it seems that homeowners shy away from installing crown molding themselves. These kinds of things can become very evident when you add molding close to the ceiling.
I’ve never seen crown mounted directly to cabinets, normally a face board is fastened all around the sides and squared up, then the crown is mounted to that. Crown molding sits at an angle with one edge contacting the ceiling, and one edge contacting the cabinet face frame. It had to do with something else, and looking at the crown molding corner in this picture what do you think it had to do with. I did a bit of googling around the interwebs to find out how to set my miter saw for 45-degree crown molding (30-degree bevel and 35.2-degree miter, if you’re interested).
With the miter saw still set at a 45-degree angle, cut the crown molding to length. Their hardware allows you to fine tune each cabinet’s height to not only level the cabinets but also to make micro-adjustments for the crown molding. Measure the first wall to determine when the 22.5-degree cut is going to need to be made and then measure that distance on the piece of crown. The crown really finishes off the Ikea Lidingo cabinets and further gives them a more customized look.
I learned the hard way that you always cut the molding upside down when working on a crown molding project at our old house (worst day ever). That is why you’ll won’t find crown molding charts that go below 60 degrees, the crown can’t be cut to that angle it’s too sharp for an inside corner, the compund angles meet before the full length of the miter/bevel. Cut a piece of crown long enough so you can make all of your pieces for each vent from the same piece of molding. Well, here are a few ways to approach adding crown moulding to frameless cabinets.
Nail twice through the crown molding into each glue block and along the top and bottom edge where it meets the baseboards. Instead, they’ll run the first piece square against the wall and cope cut the second piece to fit the contours of the molding. A crown that protrudes more than 5 in. onto the wall or ceiling might be too dominant or heavy looking in a room with an 8-ft. After my painstakingly installed crown molding is painted, I don’t want to see the scarf joints staring at me every time I walk in the room. My father-in-law installed crown molding in the living room in our former house.
I find that holding the piece of crown moulding up to the cabinet and marking where it needs to be cut is far more effective than trying to measure the cabinet with a measuring tape and transferring that measurement to the crown moulding. It might be helpful to see what crown you purchased, lots of these companies have crown pre assembled and finished with the bottom return. Make a mark where the two boards intersect, then draw a line from that mark to the corner that contacted the cabinet joint.
But any good cabinet maker installing a very wide/tall crown detail on cabinet or furniture will use a multi-part molding because the profile of each piece is not that wide the movement is not as great as say a 4 1/2 inch crown molding or a large cove molding you might install at a ceiling. I have 5 3/4″ above the cabinet doors to make a build up crown to the celing like the one in your demo. Carefully chosen cabinet molding really does provide the finishing detail to your work. This is what I’ve found installing probably miles of crown over more than a decade.