Monday, April 4, 2011

How to add crown molding to kitchen cabinets

Yes, I'm still here.
Just busy.

So glad it's spring...can't wait to dig into the garden. I'm thinking landscape lighting this year. And a new flower bed.

Anyway, here is your tutorial.

****I need to start off by saying I am NOT a carpenter, cabinet maker, or woodworker. I am a DIYer and I learned how to do this project by surfing the web, and by lots of trial and error. My job is not perfect. I am not planning on selling my house anytime soon....if I was, I would have probably hired someone to do this for me. So if you tackle this project and it looks lousy, please don't blame me.****

This project is as simple as:

1. Nail a 1 to 1 1/2 strip of wood or plywood to the top of your cabinets.

2. Cut the crown molding to the proper lengths.

3. Nail the crown to the wood strip you installed in step one.

4. Fill in the corners with caulk and paint or glaze to your liking.

That's it.

Sounds easy, right?

Actually, it is easy once you are comfortable with your miter saw, measuring, angles, nailing, etc.

I went through 3 6-foot pieces of crown because of mistakes in measuring and cutting the wrong angles.

So my advice is: practice, practice, practice. And have lots of patience with yourself.

And buy extra crown.

I wanted to get a bit fancy and have a staggered look to the cabinets that is so popular right now.

So I built a 3-sided box with 1X6 pieces of wood to fit right on top of the cabinet I wanted to stagger. I just glued it together. Then I glued the crown to the box. Then I put the whole box right on top of the cabinet. I could glue it down, but I would like to be able to remove it if the staggered look becomes dated.

A lesson learned:

READ AHEAD if you are going to do this project. Know how to do the whole thing before you start. I should have cut an outside corner here, but I didn't read ahead and just made a straight cut. I didn't realize until after the crown was already nailed that I made the wrong cut. So I had to make a corner piece and glue it in place. And it doesn't look pretty.

So I decided to remove the cabinet doors and make a "custom hood" complete with shelf.

I took off the corners that I made and am still working on finishing it off.

So there you have it!
Are you ready to tackle yours?


  1. I'm impressed that you did this yourself without any training. My brother is a carpenter and said that crown mouldings are one of the most challenging things to learn. Well done.

  2. You did fantastic! Way to go lady!

  3. You are so brave, I would just chicken-out and leave it to my better half. Thanks for sharing tips and all.

  4. Thank you for posting this! Your advice helped me successfully place crown molding on my cabinets! :)

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  7. Really impressed with your work, i will definitely do this with my kitchen cabinets, they will surely look beautiful.