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Kitchen Cabinet Makeover – Install Crown Molding

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover - Install Crown Molding - Crown Corners Cut and End Beadboard

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.

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover - Install Crown Molding - Crown Inspiration


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.

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover - Install Crown Molding -  - Which Crown to Select
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)
Crown Molding
Kitchen Cabinet Measurements
Latex Caulk
Tape Measure
Ryobi Nail Gun
Helping Hand

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.

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover - Install Crown Molding - Cabinet Tops

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.

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover - Install Crown Molding - Inside Corner

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.

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover - Install Crown Molding - Crown Installed

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.

DIY Magazine Holder

DIY Magazine Holder

Do you need a DIY magazine holder?

We built a simple DIY magazine holder to keep that reading material secured.  This project was completed using scrap wood from our shop pile.  This DIY magazine holder project took about 45 min.

DIY Magazine Holder

First, we measured our DIY magazine holder to the length and width of the tallest/widest magazine we subscribe too (House Beautiful), and added extra space to drop the magazine into the DIY magazine holder with ease.

DIY Magazine Holder

Next we started cutting.  Cut 4-1×3’s (2-1×3’s for the sides at 20 ½ “Long, and 2-1×3’s for the top and bottom of the square at 12” Long).  We used Titebond glue and our Ryobi nail gun to secure them into a square which will form the DIY magazine holder.

DIY Magazine Holder

Then, we started to design the front DIY magazine holder.  We cut ½” flat pine scrap at 12” long for the bottom of the rack.  The next cut was a 1×2 cut 12” long for the top of the front holder to keep the magazines from falling out.  We completed the design by adding three spindles cut 6 ½” long and spaced them 2 ½” apart starting from each end, and centering the middle spindle.

DIY Magazine Holder

Finally, the back of the DIY magazine holder was constructed using a piece of bead board painted white, left over from another build.  We cut the bead board for the cover the back of the magazine holder to 20 ½” Long by 13 ¼” wide.  We attached using our Ryobi nail gun – 3/8” nails, before nailing we added a bead of Titebond wood glue for that extra holding power 😉

DIY Magazine Holder

To finish the look we added a piece of cove molding we had left in our scrap box.  We simply measured to each end (top pieces are 13 ¼” long and the sides cuts are 20 ½ Long). Cut each side of the cove at a 45 degree angle to give that finished picture frame look.

DIY Magazine Holder

Completing the project we primed and painted the frame as shown above with Annie Sloan Empress Red chalk paint, leaving the bead board white.  We choose the red color to match a barn wood frame given to us from Reclaim Renew (shown below) we wanted the two pieces to be the pop our grey and white room needed.  We hung by drilling two holes through the bead board and attached to studs in our wall.   Make sure you go over the screw heads with a little white paint so they blend into the piece.

Red Frame

This was a quick project that cost us nothing but time.  Every piece of wood in this little QT is from our scrap pile, the same scrap wood pile we made our Rustic Wood Frames and Towel/Dowel Rack projects that were featured on Bob Vila Nations.  Keeping all this extra wood is handy for small projects, and way better than tossing into the trash.

We hope you enjoyed our post today!  Check back tomorrow and see what else we can produce from this pile of scrape wood that’s slowly disappearing!

Linda 🙂