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How To Install Kitchen Cabinets Crown Molding

How To Install Kitchen Cabinets Crown Molding

install crown molding on kitchen cabinets

Your wall cabinet is one of the main highlights of the kitchen and installing crown molding can help it stand out and enhance its aesthetic value. Decorative cabinet molding is mostly a finishing touch that completes the overall look of your kitchen. While putting up a cabinet crown molding may look easy, it does require basic carpentry knowledge and handy work.

So what do you need to know about crown molding installation? A crown molding is typically placed on wall-mounted kitchen cabinets. First, prepare installation tools such as tape measure, nail gun, miter saw, lumber strips, miter joint, trim paint, and caulk or wood putty. When installing crown molding, make sure to match its size to the width of the kitchen cabinets. Attach and secure it to the nailing strip and then fill holes and miter joints with caulk or putty.

A Guide To Installing Crown Molding On Kitchen Cabinets

Whatever type of kitchen cabinet you have, crown molding is an important decorative piece that will increase the room’s visual appeal. Most kitchen cabinet crown molding is made of wood or other finishes like plaster, vinyl, PVC, polyurethane, or aluminum. But note that the choice of molding material can be fully customized depending on your personal preference and home style.

What Tools Do You Need To Install Crown Molding?

You can easily purchase crown molding and the other installation tools that you’d need from a home depot store. If you’re planning to go DIY on installing kitchen cabinet molding, here’s a list of materials that you should prepare:

  • Crown molding – You can select from a wide variety of materials such as solid wood, rubber, plaster, flex, or MDF crown molding. Additionally, they also come in different styles like steeped, stacked, edge, interior crown, or quarter round molding.
  • Nail gun – While you can use a hammer to install the crown molding, using a nail gun can help you finish the task quickly. It can also easily penetrate the material to ensure the nails are attached securely and that the molding is perfectly placed to the surface.
  • Miter saw blade – An electric miter saw can help cut and trim the crown molding pieces to ensure that their size and angles match your wall cabinets. Typically, you’d need to cut your crown molding at a 45 degree angle for one side of the outside corner.
  • Tape measure – You need to get an accurate measurement of the width and depth of the kitchen cabinets, as well as the thickness of the crown molding. The size of the molding may vary depending on the ceiling height.
  • Stepping ladder – Some wall cabinets may be too high for the average person which is why you can use a step ladder to be able to reach its height. Make sure to observe safety when you’re standing or climbing on the ladder to avoid slipping.
  • Nailing block or strip – A strip or block is a fixture that provides a solid foundation for the nails to attach your crown molding to the cabinet face frame. It also helps you position and secures the molding pieces in their proper place.
  • Miter joint – This is made by cutting two pieces of the molding to be placed at each of the corners of the upper cabinet. You can assemble them in place with the use of wood glue or screws.
  • Wood putty or caulk – If there are visible nail holes on the molding, you can apply a filler piece like paint caulk or wood putty to seal the cracks and gaps on the surfaces.

Important Steps To Remember

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Since the installation process requires handling electric tools and cutting wood, remember to use gloves and eye protection glasses for your safety. Here’s an easy step-by-step guide in installing crown molding for your kitchen cabinetry:

1. Prepare the nailing strip or block on the wall cabinets

Cut the nail strips or blocks according to the size of the kitchen cabinets. Use the tape measure to get the precise width and depth of the front cabinets. Make sure the front strip is as long as the width of the cabinet and the side strip should be measured by subtracting at least 1 1/2 inch from the total cabinet depth. Secure the strips with nails, screws, or wood glue to the surface.

2. Cut and attach the front section of the crown molding

Hold the crown molding piece to the front section of the cabinets and mark its total width. Get your electric saw and set the miter angle to 45-degree to cut the two marks of the molding. Once you have your molding ready, set it against the nailing strip and use a nail gun to place several nails to the lower edge of the crown molding.

3. Prepare the side sections of the crown molding

After working on the front section, you can measure the length of the cabinet side and cut the molding for the corners. You should use a piece that’s larger than the acquired length. Set it against the side of the cabinet and mark the location for the miter cut. Use a 45° angle cut the inside corner and match it to the front section of the molding. Place the side pieces to the corners with wood glue and nail them in place.

4. Add paint and patch nail holes in the crown molding

Once you have the front sections and corners attached, you can add your finishing touches to the crown molding. Cover the surface of the cabinets with sheet plastic or masking film. Depending on the size of the holes, place a generous amount of putty or caulk to fill them and apply at least two coats of paint to create an even cabinet finish.

If you have no experience in any home construction work, it’s best to leave the work to professionals like Zothex. Our team prioritizes safety and quality in designing and installing kitchen cabinet crown molding.

Why Should You Install Crown Molding On Kitchen Cabinets?

Installing crown molding helps to fill the gap between your wall cabinets and the ceiling. It hides any unwanted open space to create a clean and elegant look in your kitchen. A crown molding is also useful for other reasons such as:

  • It covers imperfections and cracks that are visible between your walls and ceiling.
  • It protects your wall surfaces and provides a smooth transition where the base of your cabinet and ceiling meets.
  • It can be customized to fit any kitchen style and increase your overall home value.v
  • It helps protect against moisture, drafts, and other wood expansion issues in your kitchen cabinets.
  • It hides electrical wires or cables that are exposed on the ceiling.

Get Custom Kitchen Cabinet Designs and Professional Installation Services at Zothex

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A crown molding is installed not just for aesthetic purposes but also to protect your cabinet box and wall surfaces. You can get assistance from the experts at Zothex when it comes to selecting the best style of cabinet molding and installing them in your kitchen.

We also offer a wide variety of stock cabinets or if you want to add your personal touch, we can create customized cabinet designs that will suit your kitchen. We have professional designers who can work closely with you on your kitchen renovation project. Call us now to inquire about our cabinet stocks and installation services.

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