There is something about crown molding, it adds such an elegance to a room. If you hire out it can get pricey, you can save so much money by installing it yourself. I can’t take much credit for installing the crown in the guestroom/office, I left the task up to my hubby, I was just his sidekick.
He opted to use 2 different types of baseboards cutting them at a 45 degree angles. We used this method in the kitchen and my husband found the cuts to be so much simpler then the cuts you are forced to use with the crown. He’s able to butt the molding right into the corner versus making difficult cuts with crown.
Paint all your trim first
You know the rule; measure twice cut once
45 degree cuts
The tape serves as a marker so we know where the studs are in the wall. The nails serve as a guide when installing the molding to keep it straight and it helps hold the molding up.
Nail the board into the studs
In our case, we did this process all over again since we are stacking the molding
Use wood putty to fill all visible nail holes. We used caulk to cover any small gaps at the joints. Wait for the putty to dry and sand it smooth with fine sand paper. Paint over nail holes, you will be left with a seamless appearance!
If the molding must end in the middle of a wall, cap it with a return. In our case we have a vent so we added two returns. Cut the piece so that it comes to a point at the bottom edge. Avoid splitting the small piece by gluing the return in place rather than nailing it.