Kitchen Cabinet Makeover – Install Crown Molding
While window shopping at the Home Depot with my hubby, we stumbled by the kitchen section and I noticed how nice and grand the cabinets looked with crown molding. I was inspired.
To say our current kitchen cabinets are uninspiring is an understatement, but who has thousands lying around to purchase their dream cabinets? So I decided to do the next best thing – undertake a kitchen cabinet makeover and install crown molding.
This project is not as hard as it may seem. In fact, you may be able to get away with cutting the crown molding using a miter box, versus using an electric miter saw.
To get started you will need some materials:
Miter Saw (or miter box and hand saw)
Kitchen Cabinet Measurements
Ryobi Nail Gun
Kitchen Cabinet Makeover – Install Crown Molding – Preparation
Our initial step in our kitchen cabinet makeover to install crown molding was to examine the top of our cabinets.
You want to make sure you have enough of a kitchen cabinet surface to install the crown molding. Dry fit a small piece of crown to make sure you have something to nail to. In our situation we were fine; the bottom of the crown sat nicely against the kitchen cabinet frame leaving plenty of space for the doors to open. If you need more space to secure your crown molding to or want to create a layered crown molding effect you can create a frame that sits atop of your kitchen cabinets and will allow you to nail the crown molding to.
Kitchen Cabinet Makeover – Install Crown Molding – Measuring
Like any DIY project, measuring is a necessity to ensure when you install crown molding you get a nice tight fit. Our kitchen cabinets are in an “L” shape and all corners are 45 degree angles. Facing the kitchen, we started with the far left cabinet. The first piece of crown had a left side straight cut, while the right side was an outside corner cut. The second piece of crown had a left outside cut and a right inside cut. The final piece of crown molding had a left inside cut and a right straight cut.
Draw a diagram of your kitchen cabinets and write down both the measurements and whether you are cuts are inside or outside corners. Whether or not the corners are inside or outside matters because on an inside corner your measurement refers to long point of the miter cut, while on an outside corner, the measurement is the shortest point of the cut. If this seems odd, cut your first piece and you will see what I mean.
Kitchen Cabinet Makeover – Install Crown Molding – Cutting your Crown Molding
Now for the fun part, cut your crown. I recommend using a miter saw. The trick is to cut the crown upside down on your miter saw. This seems counter intuitive, but it really works. The next trick is to create a set of temporary fences, one for the back of your saw and one for your saw base. Creating these fences ensure your crown always rests in the same position, which creates consistent crown cuts. Kreg also creates a crown pro saw jig.
With your fences in place, it is now time to cut your crown. The next tip and trick is to cut your crown upside down while cradled in your crown fence. I strongly recommend you cut four sample crown pieces and label each one to indicate the type of cut it represents (1. Left side inside cut; 2. Left side outside cut; 3. Right side inside cut; 4. Right side outside cut). With these sample crown pieces, it becomes much easier to visualize which cut you need to make, especially since you are cutting your crown upside.
The final tip and trick for installing crown molding is to leave the line when cutting your crown. That means, when you mark your measurement on the crown, leave your mark in place. It is much easier to trim several times then start with a new piece because you cut too short. We had two final items we added, which you can see in the pictures. We installed a lower trim and we added a left side bead board. Since the lower trim was not crown, it is much easier to cut simple 45 degree angles.
In a few short hours, we converted our boring kitchen cabinets into something custom and unique for our home. If you need more inspiration, checkout this link from Bob Vila. We hope you enjoy.