How to Install Crown Molding…

DIY in Real Life.com: How to Install Crown Molding

 

I guess maybe this isn’t as much an actual tutorial on HOW to do crown molding as a show-off of what ours looks like as well as a resource list with tutorials from people that were actually involved in the process! 😉  lol

Let’s face it.  I just cheered Handsome Man on.  You know how I lack thoroughness and exactness?

Yeah.  Crown molding needs both.  Like a LOT of both.  😉 Haha!

 

DIY in Real Life.com: How to Install Crown Molding

Step 1:   Last time I believe this process was started the same way… YouTube baby!  Handsome Man’s best friend when it comes to quickly learning something new! 🙂

 

DIY in Real Life.com: How to Install Crown Molding

Step 2:  Realize that the crown molding is quite a bit deeper than all the tutorials you could find and that you have to cut it from 2 angles because your miter saw isn’t big enough to cut it in one shot.  Call Handsome Man’s Dad and ask him if he’ll help get things started because he’s exceptionally good at things like… You know…  Angles. 😉

 

DIY in Real Life.com: How to Install Crown Molding

 Step 3: Put up several pieces of the crown molding using the beloved air nail gun.  Expect to have a few gaps in the corners.  It IS an old house after all… And let’s face it, I don’t think they even knew what a square corner was back then!  Simply remember that caulking is the best thing ever invented and it will work wonders! 🙂

 

DIY in Real Life.com: How to Install Crown Molding

Looking faaaaabulous, baby!!!

 

DIY in Real Life.com: How to Install Crown Molding

DIY in Real Life.com: How to Install Crown Molding

This was the only piece that we had to use glue on… We couldn’t use any nails on this piece because it was an end cap piece.  We just glued it, taped it up there, then took the tape off after it dried.

DIY in Real Life.com: How to Install Crown Molding

This was the glue we used… I don’t love it or anything…

We just happened to have it on hand.

DIY in Real Life.com: How to Install Crown Molding

DIY in Real Life.com: How to Install Crown Molding

Looks KILLER awesome, doesn’t it???!

 

 

If you missed it, don’t forget to check out our dining room reveal!  It has all the links to all the details in this awesome room! 🙂

 

 

RESOURCE LIST

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Young House Love actually just did a tutorial on crown molding recently on their blog….  They used an awesome new tool to find exact angles…. It looks totally SWEET!

Me?  I just get it close and use a ton of paintable caulking.  😉 lol!

 

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Q & A Day: Buying and Installing Crown Molding by The Remodeling Guy.

He doesn’t post often, but I totally love his blog!

A man?  Who blogs? And has awesome taste?  Ummm… Yeah, that’s pretty sweet!

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Another post by The Remodeling Guy….

Selecting Crown Molding – Sizes, Profiles, Options.

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 DIY Cheap Chunky Crown Molding by Bower Power

This is kinda brilliantly done.  Some types of these DIY faux chunky crown moldings are a bit… well… obviously faux.

This one?  Actually pretty awesome!

 

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A good tutorial by This Old House…  A good step-by-step how to.

Anyhoo… Those are my best links…  I say GO FOR IT!!

 Looks great…

Gives better resale value to your house…

Relatively inexpensive upgrade…

Crown molding is a pretty awesome addition to your home!

Check out the original Dining Room post….

Check out the DIY built-in coffee bar that’s rockin’ my dining room!!

 

 

DIY in Real Life: Coffee Bar Before & After

You know how I mentioned that I have a tendency to do projects at my friend, Emily’s house… Fall in love with them… And then re-create the project in my own house?

Yeah… Guilty again.

 

My coffee bar is no exception.  That goes for the upper cabinets anyway…

 

DIY in Real Life: Coffee Bar Before & After

We already had this buffet that fits PERFECTLY in this space.  It actually belonged to Handsome Man’s great-grandparents.  I got it from his grandpa’s auction before we were even “official.”  We were “just friends” at the time.

Didn’t THAT work out well?? 🙂

It was soooooo empty up there though…. and all that storage I was missing out on….  I was totally itching to re-create Emily’s built-in coffee bar!

And yes, unbeknownst to me, I was photographing my terribly attractive blue pj’s with clouds all over them.  Sexy, right?  😉

DIY in Real Life: Coffee Bar Before & After

You guys must think I never do anything!!! All these pictures of Sam working oh, so, hard.  Honest!  Right before I took this picture, I was holding those cabinets up by myself while Sam screwed them into place!  Haha!!!

DIY in Real Life: Coffee Bar Before & After

I’ll go ahead and mention… Even though I don’t know a whole lot about this part…

When he was screwing the cabinets together, he mentioned that you should always drill pilot holes so the cabinets don’t crack and something about he was screwing at an angle because it actually gives more support.

That, and those were the only finish screws we had on hand and we didn’t want to make a trip just to get more finish screws. lol!   They were a shade too long, but if he put them in at an angle, they were perfect!  My man is so smart. 🙂

DIY in Real Life: Coffee Bar Before & After

Clooooose up!

DIY in Real Life: Coffee Bar Before & After

4 little cabinets, all in a row!  Now bring on the paint, baby!

We finished off the sides and underside of the cabinets with bead board.  We also inserted 1x’s on the underside between the cabinets and the bead board for the cup hooks you’ll see later

DIY in Real Life: Coffee Bar Before & After

You know the drill…

Primer…

2 top coats…

DIY in Real Life: Coffee Bar Before & After

Looking clooooser!!!

We added an old scrap 2×4 up top to attach the crown molding to.

DIY in Real Life: Coffee Bar Before & After

The crown molding TOTALLY finishes it off!  It looks AWESOME!!!

A post on how to install crown molding coming soon!!!! 🙂

DIY in Real Life: Coffee Bar Before & After

Look!!! It’s me!!!!  And I’m working!

That’s my arm screwing in cup hooks for out mugs to hang on.

DIY in Real Life: Coffee Bar Before & After

TAAAA-DAAA!!!!!!!

This built-in coffee bar is ready to roll, baby!!!

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