March 31, 2014 by Sarah
Install crown molding on kitchen cabinets??? Sure I love installing crown molding–said no one ever. At any rate, the cabinets got crowned.
Long live ceiling height cabinets!
These pictures make it look easy–but trust me it was very time-consuming.
The crowning glory went up after installing the trim pieces around the cabinet
I bought pretty much the cheapest crown I could find in the approximate size I needed, a simple primed 3 1/4 inch pine crown. Brought it home only to find that it looked a little too small on top of such tall cabinets.
Back to Menards I went and later returned with a more substantial 4 1/2 inch primed MDF crown.
I thought it would suit the cabinets and the room much better. However, it ended up being a hair too big so we reverted back the original crown we picked out. Oh well.
We decided we would run the crown only around the cabinets to save on some time and as well as money.
Hanging crown can be a pretty time-consuming process for someone who doesn’t do it that often (AKA me). I made sure to abide by the old rule: Measure twice, cut once. However, it was actually more like measure four times cut once. As you can imagine, paranoia makes for a very long day.
I turned to my old stand by on trim/moldings that I picked up moons ago:
This book is pure DIY idea gold and it also doubles as a pretty good coffee table book. If you aren’t in the market for books there are tons of helpful tutorials and videos on the internetz.
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).
After it was cut and the dry fit was perfect, it was nailed in place. I was the “cut man” and Adrian installed. We still don’t have a proper nail gun so Adrian did it the old fashion way with nails and a hammer.
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.
Adrian glued this small corner return piece in place since it would likely crack if he tried to put a nail through it.
To fine tune any irregularities at the miters I used my hand file to smooth everything down.
A little bit of caulk/primer/paint will really finish it off when I get around to it. For now I am enjoying it as is.
I am not going to go into the intricate details of installing crown molding because I am soooo not an expert on this. Ask me to cope a joint and I will assume the fetal position faster than you can blink. Please consult the internetz for proper instruction. Try here, here, or here.
After the crown was installed on the fridge cabinet we were able to start putting on the extra trim is was talking about here to mimic the custom cabinet doors.
Again–needs caulk, primer, and paint. It’s going to be so beautiful.
Those plastic things on top of the cabinets are the quartz countertop templates. We finally approved the templates yesterday. The whole thing was an ordeal–I will write about it another time though. The manufacture will start production on them this week and we should be ready to pick them up in about 2 weeks.
The oven is even in place now 🙂
What do you think? Would you have run the crown all the way around the room or kept it to the cabinets like us? Anyone have any particularly helpful crown molding tips that you would like to share? I for one am glad the majority of the house already has crown molding in place. Does anyone else have quartz countertops? How do you like them? We went back and forth with quartz and granite. In the end I liked the quartz just a bit more since it does not require repeated sealing. WOOOOOOOOOOP countertops!!!! Crown molding!!! WOOOOOOOP!