Elevate the look of your room by giving a little love to the ceiling with this elegant crown moulding treatment. The crown may look complicated, but it actually breaks down into just a few simple materials and a few simple cuts. “A COMPOUND MITER SAW IS REALLY THE BEST TOOL FOR A PROJECT LIKE THIS.” You’ll need to know how to make 3 different cuts; a straight cut, a miter cut, and a tilted miter cut. To miter cut most boards, you simply angle the base of the saw place the stock against the fence, and make the cut. But with extra wide boards, like the base moulding we’re using, tilt the head of the saw in order to make the cut.
Tilting it nearly doubles the width of your cutting capacity. “AND THAT’S IT — YOU’RE READY TO START.” You’ll need four pre-primed materials for this look: Some base moulding, some MDF, casing, and bead moulding. The first element is base moulding — but you’ll install it upside down in order to really feature the decorative detail. Apply a bead of adhesive down the back, and then nail it to your wall…don’t worry about finding studs, the adhesive does the bulk of the work here, and you’re nailing right into the framing at the top of the wall. When you come to a corner, the size of this material and it’s placement, calls for a tilted miter cut. The next element, is the MDF. Use some adhesive and nails to apply it, but because this layer goes on the ceiling, you should use this angled technique when you’re nailing to help hold it in place while the adhesive dries.
When it comes to corners, the mdf gets straight cuts and the pieces just butt-up against each other. Together, the base moulding and MDF provide the foundation for the next layer of decorative mouldings. Your third element, is casing. You don’t need to use adhesive here because you’re nailing right into the base moulding. The casing will get miter cuts at the corners, so set your saw to a 45 degree angle. And don’t worry about getting an absolute perfect joint, you’ll fill in any little gaps when you prep and paint. The final element, is the bead moulding. These pieces get mitered corners too, and just like the casing, you don’t really need adhesive here, just nail it right into the MDF layer. And that’s it.
Since most walls and ceiling lines aren’t perfectly plumb and straight, you’ll likely see some gapping. Just use the adhesive to fill that in. Then fill your nail holes, sand, and paint. So if you’re searching for some sophistication….try this diy layered look to add the crowning touch to your room..
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