Installing Crown Molding

Complete a room with decorative molding.
Related To:
hdswt110_4aft_molding

hdswt110_4aft_molding

Materials and Tools:

crown molding
paint
caulk
miter box
finish nail gun
ladder
coping saw

Steps:

1. Paint crown molding before installing.
2. Start in one corner, working around the room. In order to account for out-of-square corners, cope the molding in the corners instead of miter cuts.
3. Once all the molding is up, cover any gaps/seams with caulk.

To Cope Molding:

hdswt110_4bef_molding

hdswt110_4bef_molding

1. Install the first piece of molding on the most noticeable wall.
2. Cut a miter on the second piece. Place the molding in your miter box and cut an open miter, which is a 45-degree cut where the back of the molding is longer than the front. Once the cut is made, you should see the cut grain from the front of the molding.
3. Use the edge of a lead pencil to highlight the line where the face of the molding meets the cut grain to get the exact profile of the molding.
4. Using the coping saw, cut along the highlighted line. Hold the saw on a slight angle to give it a back-cut, so that you're removing more material from the back of the molding. This gives the joint a much tighter fit.
5. Nail into the ceiling and the wall. Fill the holes and touch up paint.

Keep Reading

Next Up

How to Install Crown Molding

Install crown molding to add visual interest and value to your home.

Hanging Crown Molding

Simple, one-piece crown molding adds dimension and style to any room.

How to Repair Crown Molding

Cut a replacement piece to match and no one's the wiser.

How to Build a Column with Molding

Cover an ugly pole with an elegant column trimmed with molding.

How to Install Picture Rail Molding

Why make holes in the wall when you can hang photos and art this way?

How to Install Fluted Molding

Fluted molding is used to add elegance to a traditional-style master bedroom.

Double-Layer Crown Molding

Wood trim highlights a vaulted ceiling with double skylights.

Add Architectural Interest With Crown Molding

Give any boring, builder-basic room a high-end upgrade by adding crown molding. This update can be completed in just a few hours and is a great project for beginning woodworkers.

How to Install Panel Molding

Add dimension to your walls with this easy alternative to wainscoting.

Exterior Trim, Molding and Columns

Create curb appeal with these handy touches that add character to your home.

On TV

Texas Flip and Move

6:30am | 5:30c

Rehab Addict

7:30am | 6:30c

Rehab Addict

8:30am | 7:30c

Rehab Addict

9:30am | 8:30c

Rehab Addict

10am | 9c

Rehab Addict

10:30am | 9:30c

Rehab Addict

11am | 10c

Rehab Addict

11:30am | 10:30c

House Hunters

12pm | 11c

Fixer Upper

1pm | 12c

Fixer Upper

2pm | 1c

Fixer Upper

3pm | 2c

Fixer Upper

4pm | 3c

Fixer Upper

5pm | 4c

Fixer Upper

6pm | 5c

Home Town

7pm | 6c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Fixer Upper

8pm | 7c

Fixer Upper

9pm | 8c

Home Town

10pm | 9c

House Hunters

11:30pm | 10:30c

Fixer Upper

12am | 11c

Home Town

1am | 12c

House Hunters

2:30am | 1:30c

Fixer Upper

3am | 2c

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.