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How To Install Crown Molding

Follow these tips to save hundreds, or even thousands, on a remodeling job.


  • Step 1: Hold the molding up to the wall, and measure out where it will hit the studs. Mark those areas on the molding with a pencil. Then, pre-drill nail holes at the markings, which will prevent the molding from splitting when you attach it to the studs in the wall.
  • Step 2: Fasten the molding to the studs with finishing nails, countersinking each nail.
  • Step 3: Fill the nail holes and gaps in the joints with wood putty. Smooth these areas with fine sandpaper and finish to match the rest of the molding.
  • FACT: Did you know? The Jewel House at the Tower of London has been used for the storage of precious ceremonial objects, commonly known as the Crown Jewels, since the early 14th century.
  • Step 4: Locate wall studs using the stud finder. Studs are typically 12 to 14 inches apart. Mark the studs' locations with a pencil.
  • TIP: Practice cutting different angles with scrap pieces of wood. This will improve your accuracy and increase your skill level.
  • Step 5: Measure the walls to determine the length of molding you need.
  • Step 6: Paint or stain the molding and let it dry.
  • Step 7: Cut the molding to the desired angles and lengths with a miter saw.
  • : Always wear safety glasses and gloves when working with wood.

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