As a hipster, I have always had a love-hate relationship with crown molding. In my opinion, the cream-colored plaster crown finish on my walls enhances my kitchen’s shabby chic appeal and is one of the few luxury features I felt was worth putting on this 1970s rowhouse. Despite being slightly on the pricey side, that $10 for each cabinet would pay for itself over time if I could get just half as much use out of it as I can from the other flat faces included in both the masterpiece of a renovation job and the weathered cast iron tub in the powder room just outside!
Why Crown Molding is a Good Idea
When you are thinking of adding crown molding to your kitchen cabinets, there are a few reasons why this choice can be a good one. Crown molding is a very popular style, both for its traditional look and because it frequently complements other cabinetry pieces in the room. Additionally, crown molding is typically easy to install – all you need is a saw and some wood glue. Finally, crown molding can add some much-needed height and grandeur to your kitchen cabinets – perfect for spaces that might feel a bit low-key or small.
What Crown Molding’s Best Uses Are
The versatile crown molding has many uses in a kitchen. Crown molding can add elegance, depth and drama to any room. Here are some of the best reasons to use crown molding in your kitchen:
1. As a decorative feature: Crown molding can be used as a decorative feature in any room of your house – from the formal living room to the casual family room. It creates a sense of grandeur and antiquity, adding an air of distinction to any space.
2. As a functional piece: Crown molding is also a great functional addition to your kitchen. It gives your cabinets an extra level of strength and durability, making them less likely to break down under heavy loads.
3. To accentuate architecture: Crown molding is often used as an accent detail in Architectural Settings such as churches, museums, and government buildings. Its simple design and classic features help it stand out from the crowd.
Whether you’re looking for a subtle accent or a dramatic focal point, crown molding is a great option for your kitchen cabinets.
How Long To Install Crown Molding
There is no one definitive answer to this question, as the time required will vary depending on the size and complexity of your cabinet project, as well as your individual installation skills. However, a good guideline is to allow between two and four hours for general installation work, plus one or two hours for finishing touches.
The Best Tools To Use
When it comes to putting crown molding on kitchen cabinets, there are a few basic tools you’ll need. A saw, a coping saw, and a level are the most important for your success. Other tools you’ll need include wood glue and wood screws. Crown molding is not a simple project, so make sure to follow the instructions carefully to avoid any pitfalls.
Other Considerations & Related Resources
Crown molding is often used to dress up kitchen cabinets. However, there are a few other considerations that need to be taken into account when installing crown molding.
First, the type of wood your crown molding is made from will affect how it looks and how easy it is to install. Laminated woods, for example, are less dense than solid woods and therefore tend to bow in the middle when pressure is applied. If this happens during installation, it can create a mess and unevenness in the crown molding. Solid wood crown moldings, on the other hand, are more uniform in density and will not bow as much. This makes them look more polished and professional.
Second, make sure that your cabinet doors match the crown molding. Most kits include enough material to cover the entire cabinet door and around the perimeter of the knocker. However, if you have custom doors or those that have been refinished in the past, be sure to consult with a contractor or paint specialist before starting your project so they can advise you on what type of crown molding would best compliment your style.
And finally, keep in mind that crown molding isn’t just for kitchens; it