From Dean Dowd on April 24, 2008 in Kitchen Remodel
When browsing through kitchen design galleries, there is a good chance youll observe a significant amount of crown molding. Just the presence of crown molding isnt enough, however, to make a strong statement in your kitchen. If not installed correctly and placed just right, it can be more of a detriment than an asset.
Whether your cabinets are placed flush with the ceiling or lower down the wall, one way to add a custom touch is to place crown molding around the tops of the cabinetry. This adds a decorative touch that will make even the plainest of cabinets appear elegant. This particular picture caught my eye for the scalloped beauty it represents. Crown moldings come in a wide variety of styles, allowing you to grace your cabinets with simple beauty or well-designed luxury.
- The basic design begins at around $3.00/ft.
- The rope accent steps is up a notch with additional carving and starts at about $7.00/ft.
- Both the dentil accent crown or double dentil accent will add a striking finishing touch to your cabinets.
As mentioned above, the installation of the molding is extremely important. The use of a compound miter saw by a skilled professional will ensure your corners fit together almost seamlessly. Even with the most careful of installers, your corners can still crack and separate. Some tips to help avoid this problem include: using real wood instead of composite, using a quick-set glue, and working with a small nail gun along with wood fill.
Crown molding is not limited to the top of the cabinets only. You can also use it around the ceiling or along the base of the cabinets. Consider adding decorative touches to your cabinets as well. Corinthin Fluted Molding is one such product that can be attached to the front or sides of the cabinets and ties together the crown with the cabinets.
You can include touches of crown throughout your kitchen without adorning every cabinet with it. This still gives a classy appearance without breaking your budget. Talk to a remodeling professional today to plan your design.
Photo Credit: This Old House