Crown molding can add definition to an otherwise plain looking cabinet. It can add elegance and pizzazz to your kitchen cabinets and tie up the look with the rest of your kitchen furnishings. There are various designs of crown molding available today, and you may find that it is quite hard to choose the right one. If you are going to add crown molding to all the cabinets and other kitchen furnishings, then you will have an easier time picking out the right design. If you are only attaching crown molding on kitchen cabinets, they should match the decorative elements inside the kitchen to tie all of them together. The tips below will help you put crown molding on kitchen cabinets.
- Determine the design of the crown molding that you will use. It should echo the overall decoration and design of your kitchen.
- Determine the right amount of crown molding that you will order. You should add about twenty percent allowance to the total amount to make up for errors and breakage.
- Install toe kick or backer board first. This is made from three-fourths inch plywood. Use a bit of wood glue on the back of the toe kicks and brads to attach them to the outer edge of the kitchen cabinet tops. Make sure that the toe kicks are flush with the cabinet face.
- Measure the crown molding and note down the widths and the distances between corners. Cut the crown molding to fit each section of the kitchen cabinet using a miter saw. The corners should be cut an angle and beveled to fit securely against each other at the corners. Make practice cuts first with some scrap pieces of wood to get the right angle and bevel.
- Lay a piece of cut crown molding against the section of the kitchen cabinet. Make sure that the bottom of the crown molding will not touch the cabinet door when this is opened. Adjust the distance until it is right at there is ample allowance between the bottom of the crown molding and the top of the cabinet doors. Mark the place so you do not lose it.
- Add a bit of wood glue to the back center of the crown molding to help you keep it in place as you hammer in short nails or brads. If you have a brad nailer then your job will be faster and easier.
- Continue the process until you have covered all the tops of the kitchen cabinet. Ensure that the corners line up perfectly and sand the joint for a smoother finish. You should also add wood glue to the corner joints for extra stability.
- Allow the glue to dry before you sand the crown molding and prepare it for painting. Put wood putty over gaps and nail holes. Choose a paint color that will highlight the design of the crown molding, either in a darker or lighter shade than the color of the kitchen cabinets. If your kitchen paint and decoration is very bright and modern, a contrasting color of paint will go well with the existing look of your kitchen.
Putting crown molding to your kitchen cabinets may be considered a small thing but it can actually make a big difference by providing a more formal and finished elegance to your kitchen. It also helps to make the kitchen cabinets look neater and trimmer and sturdier.