Kitchen Cabinet Crown Molding - Make Them Fancy!

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2 Hours

I helped my Neighbor install some new upper cabinets... this project is about how we made them fancy by putting a simple crown molding on the top.

The challenge is that there is little room on the top to nail the crown directly into the cabinets.... so we got creative with some cleats and caulk.... looks great!

Here is the before of one section. Lets get started and make them look even better!
The premise is simple... We have 45 degree cabinet crown... so we just built up a cleat we can nail into.

It consisted of a small piece tacked directly into the top co the cabinet... then we added a 45 degree piece against the back of the crown so we has something to nail in to.
Here is the top of one of the cabinets.... only need a few around the edges to give you something to pin nail into.

The cleats were made out of some 1x3 wood we actually used to put up the cabinets... this was a longer board used under the cabinet to support them when we screwed the cabinets into the wall. Made the job go much easier.

We just repurposed the wood strip after to cut the "base blocks" and the "angled blocks".

The BIGGEST trick in crown molding is to make sure you use wood glue on the corners. The pin nails only hold it in place while the glue dries.
Here is one of the cabinets after we are done.

Remember: "Caulk is your friend!" It hides the gaps and it helps hold it in place!
Perfect example of how caulk saves the day. Since the cleats do the heavy lifting.... caulk helps make it look pretty and gives it a little extra support.
Day light gone! The gap filled in nicely.
Here is the final! Looks much nicer doesn't it?

Simple way to make any of your cabinets pop. Add it to your kitchen, bathroom, anywhere on a cabinet near you!

I love Crown molding as it turns corners... giving nice shadows and contours.

A simple way to make anything POP!

Hope this inspires you to try something in your house... or your neighbors house in this case!

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  • Sylvia
    on Sep 20, 2018

    Could you possibly make all the way to the top

    • Jewellmartin
      on Jul 11, 2019

      Oh, yes, and you would have the ceiling to nail into, also. You could outline the crown molding onto the ceiling with 1” x 1-3” pine wood, then apply the molding onto or up to the strips. Caulk and paint can make it all look like one expensive piece. A crown molding ceiling has more $ value, usually, than crown molding on a cabinet. Good look! Jewell

  • Anita
    on Jul 11, 2019

    looks fabulous!

  • Lisa Fauerbach
    on Jul 12, 2019

    Beautiful 😊

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  • Lisa
    on Jul 18, 2019

  • Rita
    on Aug 3, 2019

    Looks great!! How do you miter the corners?

    • David McIntosh
      on Aug 3, 2019

      Lots of videos online on how to do it.. basically you use a miter saw to cut a 45 deg angle.. but the crown needs to be upside down when making the cuts... videos online explain and show it all... In side and outside corners mean a different direction of the cut, Just get a simple Kreg Crown Jig and it walks you through it.

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