Crown Molding

One of the things that separates a standard home and a upscale home is the addition of Crown Molding. This simple addition to you your home can add significant interest in your home and it is a fairly simple task. Most people can easily add this to your home with a little planning and with a little effort if you have the right set of tools.

I have done this in 3 homes that I have owned over the years and it always became a point of attraction to visitors on my homes. Also it can usually be done easily in one day unless you have a very large home and you decide to do the entire home.

The tools that you will need is a hammer a table or meter saw to be able to cut the pieces to the right length and at angles to properly set the corners together without unsightly gaps. You will also need a tape measure long enough to measure the length of the pieces in a single measurement.

Also make sure you have a ladder, preferable two that will allow you to easily reach the ceiling and comfortably hold the pieces while you attach them. It will good to have two so that your helper can hold it in place while you nail it properly. It is important to place it in place and hold it steady so you can nail it in place without it moving or it will look bad.

If you are interested in installing this in your home. You will need to start by measuring the walls you want to add this to. And count the number of corners as well. It is best to draw a little diagram of the rooms you want to include this in for reference with the measurement of each wall. Keep in mind if you do a part of a wall you really need to do the entire wall. This situation occurs when you have a hallway that shares a wall with another room. Many people don’t feel they want to do the hallway but just the other room and they stop as the wall enters the hall or just inside the hallway. This just causes it to look cheap

The strips are available in the big box home improvement stores as well as other sources and come in lengths from 8 to 12 feet in length, depending on the design and manufacturer. Take your diagram down to the store and decide which you want to use for your home. You will also find fixed corners for some designs which you can use to make it look even better. Or you can make a complex design by using two or more piece to build a larger texture design.

Once you have decided on the pieces you want to use then calculate the number of pieces you will need of each type if there are more than one. Also if you have your diagram the attendants will be happy to help you with this calculation. Purchase the pieces and transport them home or have them delivered. Also purchase your nails to attach them the attendant will show you the correct ones to get and help you determine the correct amount to purchase.

Now that you have them at home. Cut them to the right lengths as you are ready to put them in place. If you are not using corner pieces, then you will need to cut a 45-degree end on the ends that mate at the corner to allow them to merge and not have a big gap. Just cut being careful to get the right measurements and nail them up as you go. When you are all done you should have a good looking crown molding effect. If you do see a few gaps you can always putty them to conceal the imperfections.

If you want a different color than the strips came in or you needed to putty a few places you can easily paint the addition to match your desire. I have done both ways and my wife was my helper when we finished our projects we both saw a massive change in the look of the home.

Now If this seem to be too much work or you don’t have the correct tools or the help needed you can contact a carpenter or handyman to either do the work or you can act as their assistant in some cases. I have asked both for quotes in the project. The Handyman offered lower quote for this project with the same quality performance based on examples of their work they presented. Also they were more willing to allow me to be his assistant so I could learn the skill. We decide to do it ourselves after we studied the process and determined to make it a joint Sunday project. We were able to complete a 1400 square foot home completely in less than a day by getting everything ready and present before we started that morning.