Add a sophisticated and elegant shade to your room by using decorative crown molding. Learn how to install crown molding.

How To Install Crown Molding

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 enhanced by introducing crown molding in the design. In earlier times, molding had a more functional purpose and was used to support the weight of the roof and also served to redirect water away from the building to preserve the foundation and lower walls. In the modern context, it is mainly decorative and provides an added edge to the room design. The various steps in order to install crown molding in your room are discussed below.
Ways To Install Crown Molding 
Materials required 
  • Coping Saws
  • Measuring Tapes
  • Wood Putty
  • Utility Knives
  • Miter Saws
  • Hammers
  • Finish Nails 
Installing Crown Molding 
  • A proper plan should be prepared to ensure smooth work flow.
  • Firstly, take measurements to get the amount of molding you require.
  • Select the style, shape and size of crown molding that suits your personal style and blends with the rest of the room design.
  • Remember the finish you wish to get has to be applied before fitting or cutting the piece. Paint or stain the molding and let it dry completely.
  • You can now begin trimming the molding based on the size required. Ensure you have a comfortable place with equipment at appropriate heights to get neat results. A miter saw can be used to get required angles for the corners of the trim.
  • Crown molding consist of two pieces which fit together to form the angle.
  • In the corner where you propose to install molding, place the first piece tightly into it. Take the second piece that forms the other angle of the design and fit it snugly with the first piece. This can be attained by cope-cutting.
  • While cutting molding with a miter remember it is possible to mend errors if you cut too little rather than too much. Because if you cut too little, you could always trim the excess material using a utility knife.
  • It is usually better to cut one piece of molding straight and miter and cope the other one. Drill pilot holes in the molding to keep it from splitting.
  • To attach, use a few nails initially and when the joints run parallel to the molding, nail and screw the molding firmly.
  • Nail holes or gaps can be filled out by using wood putty. Once the putty is dry use sand paper to get a smooth finish.
  • Fill in all the gaps to blend it with the molding and your room will have that added touch of style.

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