Sunday, April 24, 2016

Crown Molding

Finally! I have installed crown molding in my bedroom. :)

I used polyurethane molding and corner blocks. There were some pros and cons.
  • The molding arrives primed to be ready for painting. Unfortunately, the primer had a very rough, uneven texture (from a poor spray job, perhaps?). I had to spend a LOT of time sanding it smooth before I could paint.
  • Polyurethane is very lightweight, which made the molding super easy to install, even by myself. I was able to prop the far end of the molding on a small nail while I attached it with my pneumatic nailer.
  • No scarf joints are necessary with polyurethane molding. I was able to simply butt adjoining pieces together.
  • The corner blocks were a bit of a challenge because none of the corners of my room is a 90-degree angle.
  • However, a corner block was ideal for the corner near my chandelier because I was able to use my Dremel to cut notches out and run the chandelier power cord through/behind the block.

I would definitely use polyurethane molding again, though probably try a different supplier to hopefully avoid hours of messy sanding.
no crown molding
with crown molding

21 comments:

  1. I'm going to have to make a list of your amazing DIYs to try, one day...That is, if ever I get a place to decorate however I want that won't bother Mr. Stark...

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  2. I like the details on the corner blocks.

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    1. Thanks! They were challenging because of the room's wonky corners, but worth the work. :)

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  3. Very interesting! I never thought that wall corners might not be 90 degrees! Looks great!

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    1. The corners are supposed to be (and likely were at some point) 90 degrees, but over time, the house has settled and now nothing is entirely square.
      Thank you!

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    2. I have the same problem. I'm sure the house I live in was built approximately square, but time has passed and even masonry construction is not immune to slowly wonkifying over time. The stud dividing walls are even worse :(

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  4. I love crown molding and it is something that hubby and I want to put up, but there are several corners in several rooms that aren't anywhere near 90 degrees, due to odd construction (more like 45-ish). We're eventually going to figure out what to do. In the meantime, we're still trying to decide on the baseboard trim style. So many decisions!
    Your room looks great and is really looking very finished. Awesome job.

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    1. Installing crown molding can get pretty complicated when you have angles other than 90 degrees... especially if you have any bullnose walls.
      Thank you!

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  5. This is very unusual in Germany, actually it was done in the olden times with cast. But using polywhatever crown molding is something that I've never heard of. But it looks very cool!

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    1. Molding/trim goes in and out of fashion here. Molding is usually wood, but polystyrene (Styrofoam) is becoming more popular. It's extremely lightweight, which makes it super easy to install with just a few small nails or adhesive.

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  6. Crown moulding looks SO much more finished. It makes a room look polished. It's not a big thing, but it has a big impact. Between crown moulding and valances your room looks really different :D

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    1. It does indeed have a big impact. The room feels complete now. :)

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