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How to Install CROWN MOLDING-103 for About $3.00/ft

A traditional crown molding buildup

Traditional style crown molding.

Traditional Style

Finish Carpenter Price c. $12.00/lf + $12.00/Corner or Return

If you can’t decide on a crown molding design, you can hardly go wrong if you choose this one right here.

You’ll find versions of this very same design in buildings throughout history.

It’s made by stacking three pieces of moldings together: the cornice at the top, the lower detail at the very bottom, and the ogee crown molding in the middle.


Posts in This Crown Molding Installation Series

When we installed this crown molding buildup in our kitchen, we took careful step by step pictures and then created this whole installation sequence for you.

1.  How to Install CROWN MOLDING-103 for About $3.00/ft

2.  Crown Molding Limiting Factors

3.  Kitchen Crown Molding: Materials from Lowes $211.75

4.  Building a Crown Molding Model

5.  Preparing the Cornice Molding

6.  My Crown Molding Layout Techniques

7.  How to Install the Crown Molding Lower Detail

8.  How to Install the Crown Molding Cornice

9.  How to Install the Last Piece of Crown Molding

10. Before & After: Another CROWN MOLDING-103 Installation

If you have any questions on any of the installation steps, I’ll be happy to answer them.  Please use the comment section at the bottom of the post.

crown moulding buildup around air vent


Materials Inventory

[Click image for details on each molding or visit my Molding & Millwork Inventory Index page.]















[This is also part of my How to Install Crown Molding Series.]

3 Responses to How to Install CROWN MOLDING-103 for About $3.00/ft

  1. andrew October 24, 2012 at 2:13 PM #

    Good afternoon. I’d like to start by saying that i have been obsessing over your site for quite a while now, and i have finally decided to attempt to install one of your molding designs. i’m going to attempt to instaill crown molding 103 in 2 bedrooms with some awkward angles. both bedrooms have an inside corner greater than 90 degrees and one has an outside corner greater than 90 degrees. my question is how do you think crown 103 would look in those rooms and would you install that design or maybe go another route? also, is there anything i should take in to consideration or do you have any tips or tricks that would help. thanks for your time and keep up the good work.

  2. Ken October 26, 2012 at 2:32 PM #

    Andrew, we’er so happy to hear you’ve discovered the joy of moldings and are ready to tackle your first project.

    The Angles Don’t worry about the odd angles, just wrap CROWN MOLDING-103 right around them and they’ll look great.

    Crown Molding Installation Tip Andrew, the best tips I can give you to help you wrap the three pieces of moldings around your corners that make up that crown are:

    1. Make a model of your crown first. Then use the model to scribe your projection and drop.

    2. Use 3′-4′ long test pieces on each side of your angles to test the fit of each angle. You can keep changing the angle on those test pieces until they match perfect. Note the angles and then make your final cuts.

    I push this method a lot because angle finders are great at finding angles right at the corner, but walls and ceilings are rareley (if ever) consistent on either side of any corner. So you must find a way to know how your modling is going to behave on those corners, and you must know this before you make your final cuts. Making these test pieces is a sure way to do this.

    Good luck, Andrew. Keep us posted and don’t hesitate to ask questions. I’m starting to get caught up with emails and posting and all the other stuff that piled up during our hard drive crash, and so I should be back to being pretty responsive this weekend.

  3. andrew October 26, 2012 at 2:50 PM #

    thank you for the reply and suggestions. if all goes well i plan on trying something bigger in our front room next. i have my eye on the “large kitchen crown molding” in your before and after gallery, so i might be hitting you up for details on that. thank you again, and bear down!

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