Throughout the pandemic, many homeowners are finding themselves attempting DIY home projects. Crown moulding is a decorative element that is always installed where the wall meets the ceiling in a room. It is crafted of cornice and in order to begin such a project, you must learn how to install crown moulding. Throughout this post we will look at the steps you will need to take in the exciting and skill-building crown moulding installation process, the types of crown moulding styles, and the crown moulding materials needed.
Let us begin with the different types of crown moulding there is to choose from so the aesthetic can reflect your wants and needs.
Various Crown Moulding Styles
When you begin to consider installing your own crown moulding in your home you will be presented with a variety of options in terms of the style of your crown moulding for your wall moulding, ceiling moulding door moulding, cornice moulding, door trim, baseboard trim or your room’s interior trim.
Some of the options you may be presented with when looking for crown building supplies:
- Solid wood crown moulding
- PVC crown moulding
- MDF crown moulding (aka Medium Density fibre)
- Plaster crown moulding
Now, these are just a few of the options, following your choice you need to measure the area.
After measuring the area crown moulding angles and crown moulding corners that you will be installing your crown mouldings, and choosing your materials you can get started with the purchase of the necessary tools for the project.
The majority of these tools can be found at your local hardware store or Amazon. Or if you are lucky enough to have a handy neighbour or friend you could borrow these from them.
Be on the lookout in the planning process for these tools:
- Coping Saw.
- Pneumatic Finish Nailer.
- Compound Miter Saw.
- Electronic Stud Finder.
- Wood Rasp.
- Tape Measure.
Now that you have properly prepared for the crown moulding installation you may begin.
How To Install Your Crown Moulding
- Step 1: Cutting the corners
One of the most difficult parts of DIY-installing crown moulding is cutting the corners of the moulding to perfection. You’re going to want to use a coping saw (the first tool on your list) for this, and if you are unsure as to how to cut crown moulding you can consult a professional however there are many video examples of how to do so.
- Step 2: Measure and mark the wall
Using your chalk stick and measuring tape mark on the wall where the bottom edge of the crown moulding will go, this is an important step.
- Step 3: Cut the first piece for the area
Start by determining the length of the area, take the moulding and use the saw to cut in a straight line at specifically, a 90-degree angle. Make sure that both of the mouldings are against the side walls.
- Step 4: Cut another Piece to Fit the Inside Corner
Using a 45-degree angle point set the moulding into its place. If you make sure that the edges are pressed firmly against the saw table and the vertical side fence (this may take a few tries) you will have a straight cut.
- Step 5: Fit and Cut
Fit your crown moulding pieces together like a puzzle and cut it to a 45-degree angle.
- Step 6: Cope your joints
Cutting at a slight angle, you will want to cut off more from the edge of the moulding. Cut out smaller pieces to make creating this coped joint easier for you.
- Step 7: Check the fitting
Again make sure it is all placed together properly, any gaps that need to be trimmed or filled will be determined in this step and it is vital this is completed properly.
- Step 8: Attach your moulding to the wall or surface you desire
Attach your cut moulding to the desired surface. For any missing spaces (don’t worry, they happen), you can simply use caulking to fill them up and hide them, and additional slip-ups in step 9.
- Step 9: It Is Time To Paint
You can paint your moulding to your desired colour to hide mistakes or create the perfect design/aesthetic for the room you are working on.
- Step 10: Enjoy your new-found skills and crown moulding
Stand back and look at your new crown moulding and showcase the project to the envy of your social media followers.
If your crown moulding project does not work out well at the first try, do not get upset. It takes a lot of skills and practice to make it perfect. So, if you need any help, do not hesitate to contact Trim Team for a free estimate.