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Kitchen Crown Molding Design: Finding the Limiting Factors

[This is part of A Kitchen Molding Makeover and How to Install CROWN MOLDING-103 series.]

When you are planning a molding project, it’s a good idea to look around the room and find any limiting factors that are going to impact the kind of molding you want to install.

The crown molding limiting factors in our kitchen are:

  1. Air conditioning/heat vents close to the ceiling
  2. Brick wall
  3. A cat that gets in the way

Kitchen crown molding buildup limiting factors like air vents

Kitchen crown molding air vent problem

An air vent to wrap the crown molding around.

Cats and Crown Molding

The Julia, our biggest limiting factor.

Some limiting factors you can work around, and others you may have to avoid all together.  Fortunately for us our limiting factors have simple solutions.  To see how I worked around those air vents and the brick wall, go to A Kitchen Molding Makeover where you’ll find all of the kitchen crown installation posts in this series.

CROWN MOLDING-103 Installation Series

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

4 Responses to Kitchen Crown Molding Design: Finding the Limiting Factors

  1. Byron April 15, 2012 at 12:05 AM #

    This is awesome!!! I just spent the last 4 hours searching for a site like your’s and now I’ve found you! I’m preparing to start trim work on our home. It’s a similar size home as yours at 1,300 sqft. I’m glad I found someone to walk me through this. Keep up the great work!

    I really love the kitchen crown molding

  2. Ken April 15, 2012 at 6:54 AM #

    Byron, so glad you found some inspiration on our blog. After we install two more eared architraves in the kitchen, we’re going to install a tall wainscoting against that brick wall.

    Good luck with your project!

  3. Kristi September 29, 2012 at 10:11 PM #

    We just love your site! We are finding a limiting factor in our kitchen as we try to trim our window. There are electrical outlets close on both sides. Should we just make the moldings narrower? Just on the sides? Or account for them and go around? Thanks so much!

  4. Ken October 11, 2012 at 2:10 PM #

    I have zero background in anything electrical, so I always solve those pesky outlet or light switch clearance problems by either designing moldings that fit, or I hire an electrician. I’ve found that they don’t charge much at all for moving those kinds of things. Quick in and out. They make a few bucks and you get more room for big moldings. Everybody wins!

    Glad you love our site!

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