Monday, August 9, 2010

Crown Moulding--You CAN do it!

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I'm excited to show you my latest endeavor: Crown Moulding!

The thought of doing this myself has had me scared silly for the last few weeks.

There was nothing to be worried about!  It was SO EASY to do!


My husband and I did it ourselves, and it took about 4 hours total.  We had a hand saw and miter box, and not much of a clue about what we were doing.  If we can do it, so can you!


Before:


After:


Some close ups of the Crown Moulding:




TIPS and Tricks for DIY Crown Moulding:

  • Don't be afraid to tackle this yourself; it's EASY!
  • Buy pre-primed moulding.
  • Paint your moulding BEFORE you install it.
  • Use the inner and outer corner "cheat pieces" to save you from having to miter the corners.
  • Don't think you need a big power saw for this; we used a hand saw and miter box.
  • Measure twice, cut once!
  • Use Liquid Nails to hold it in place initially, and then use nails (we used a nail gun, but you can do it by hand too)
  • Use LATEX caulk to finish the edges.  Latex is paintable, silicone caulk is not.
  • Caulking can be messy; use a wet paper towel to wipe any drips and to wipe your fingers as you go!
The BEST part of this project?  It was CHEAP!! 

Two 16 ft Crown Moulding pieces = $40
Two 12ft Crown Moulding pieces = $30
Four Inside Corner "cheat pieces" =$30
Latex Caulk = $1.40
Caulk Gun = $6
Paint = $25 (I have TONS left for more projects!)


Total Cost: $132.40


Some resources on the web I found helpful:

      13 comments:

      1. Looks fabulous... well done! Completes the room. Thanks for linking up too. Jenn

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      2. Looks wonderful!!! I hope we do this some day!

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      3. It adds a nice finished look to your room and also coordinates nicely with the frames you made for your 'grill work' pieces.

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      4. I looove your crown molding, it totally finishes your room, how perfect! I hope I can add some CM to my living room someday too! Thanks for sharing. Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

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      5. Crown molding finishes off a room so nicely. Great job! La

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      6. Glad it came out so well Sarah. Looks great!

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      7. This looks fantastic! You did a fabulous job! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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      8. it Looks fantastic. I love the look. I've been toying with the idea. I might pick the smallest room (aka powder room) and give a try.

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      9. Looks beautiful! I've been putting off my crown moulding project for AWHILE now, hoping your post will get me inspired!

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      10. Lovely. Great tutorial also, so please do come and link it up at our site so our readers can find you also. They'll love this as much as I do: http://www.finecraftguild.com/diy-tutorial-linky-party-9/

        (ps this is a weekly linky for DIY CRAFT tutorials, so you can come back each Wednesday with some good creative instruction... :-)

        Looking forward to featuring you soon!
        Rose

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      11. Sarah, it looks just wonderful! You did a superb job, very impressive!

        Nancy

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      12. oh WOW! Awesome job! I'm happy to be your newest follower of your delightful blog and I'd love to have you as a friend at Frou Frou Decor! I'd also like to invite you to link your sweet creations up at my Fabulous Friday Finds party! Hope to see you there!
        Hugs,
        ~Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor~

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