Crown Molding for Cabinets

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Much like crown molding adds a sophisticated touch to your ceilings and walls, it can also deliver elegant style to your kitchen cabinets. It is a traditional touch that will bring the style and design of any kitchen together. The best part of this project is it's simplicity. If you're familiar and comfortable with the proper tools, adding crown molding to your kitchen cabinets can be a quick and easy DIY weekend project. But make sure to read our five easy steps before beginning to make sure you have all the proper tools and equipment.

Before you begin, gather all necessary materials. You'll need:

  • A Miter saw
  • Tape measure
  • 1" x 1.5" plywood to create a nailer (see step 1)
  • Nails
  • Hammer or Nail gun
  • Crown molding of choice

Step 1: Create a nailer on the top of your cabinets by attaching a 1" X 1.5" piece of plywood along the entire length of your cabinets. This nailer is now going to be base that you will attach your molding to.

Step 2: Measure each length and side of your cabinets. Make a note on how many pieces and at what length you will need crown molding for.

Step 3: Measure the angle at which the crown molding will need to be cut. Hold two pieces of molding up and take note at the angle at which they will intersect at their corner. This will be important in ensuring your pieces match up at each corner.

Step 4: Using a miter saw, cut each individual piece to the specified length and angle needed. Attach these pieces to your nailer using a nail gun or hammer.

Step 5: Fill any inconsistencies or holes with putty. Let putty dry and sand to blend into the natural curve of the molding.

After you have properly installed your kitchen's crown molding, you can now sand and stain or paint your cabinets to match. For tips, ideas and DIY instructions for cabinet refacing, click here. Kitchen cabinet molding done properly creates a seamless transition from your cabinets to your ceiling. It also adds beauty and elegance to one of the most-used rooms in the house. So why not add to the value of your home and try this DIY crown molding project?

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