Debbie
Debbie
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  • Glen Mills, PA

Things Are Looking up. Pretty New Ceiling Treatment, Cornices & Crown

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$550
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A few years ago a bought a real fixer. Over the years I totally gutted it and opened up the living room,dining room and kitchen. It was nice but opening up the space left the 8 ft ceiling looking boring. Structurally I couldn’t raise the ceiling. But I still wanted to add some interest to the ceiling and better define the spaces.

things are looking up pretty new ceiling treatment cornices crown

Finished Living room framed ceiling treatment

things are looking up pretty new ceiling treatment cornices crown

Finished ceiling frame in the dining room

things are looking up pretty new ceiling treatment cornices crown

Before nice but a little boring.

things are looking up pretty new ceiling treatment cornices crown

I bought 3.5” molding at the Home Depot that I wanted to make frames to attach to the ceiling. It was about $2.50/ foot. Your cost will depend on the size of your frames. I spent about $185 for the moulding

things are looking up pretty new ceiling treatment cornices crown

I cut the moulding at 22.5 degrees angle. One of the hardest parts for me was deciding the size of each frame.

things are looking up pretty new ceiling treatment cornices crown

Once I decided the size, I nailed strips of wood on the ceiling against the side walls to make it easier to keep frames straight and centered.

things are looking up pretty new ceiling treatment cornices crown

After cutting all the pieces of the frames I laid them down on the floor to make sure they all aligned

things are looking up pretty new ceiling treatment cornices crown

I actually glued the end pieces of the frames together before I attached to the ceiling. I could have just made rectangular frames, that would have been so much easier, but thought it would look too boxy

things are looking up pretty new ceiling treatment cornices crown

I attached my first long piece with nails and glue and butted it up against the wood strips that I had previously nailed to the ceiling. Then I just continued to attach the rest of the frame. I would suggest that you plan to finish attaching the frame before the glue has much time to dry in case you have to adjust when you get to the last piece.

things are looking up pretty new ceiling treatment cornices crown

Even though I nailed molding to the ceiling, the nails don’t hold that well. So I used 1 x 2s to prop it up and hold in place as the glue was drying. I waited over night to make sure the glue was dry.

things are looking up pretty new ceiling treatment cornices crown

I also added cornices to windows out of 1 x 8”s

About $75 for the 3 cornices.

things are looking up pretty new ceiling treatment cornices crown

I had 5” recessed lights installed by an electrician in the corners of the living room frame that are 4” from the inside edge moulding. This cost was not included. Recessed Lights are available at Home Depot or Amazon

things are looking up pretty new ceiling treatment cornices crown

I added a Fetco Medallion from Amazon to cover the outlet for a ceiling fan that I didn’t want. It was $80 Lastly I added the crown moulding for the crowning glory. Lowe’s has contractors bundles of crown. I needed 2 bundles $200.

things are looking up pretty new ceiling treatment cornices crown

I painted the ceiling the same color as the walls except for the inside of the frames remained white to help set off all the trim work.

Finished project. I love it. Can’t believe what a difference it made. If you click on my profile you will see my other projects. The Swan picture was purchased at a discount art gallery in Naples Florida that is now closed. It is not signed by an artist and there is nothing to identify it.

things are looking up pretty new ceiling treatment cornices crown

This is a picture of my Pennsylvania home that I was able to raise the ceiling to put in tray ceilings in living and dining room

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  • Tia James Carroll
    on Nov 19, 2018

    I love the look of your finished product. I see your walls are white. I was thinking of painting my walls a light steel grey color that has a hint of blue. Do you think that color might work as well?

  • Mary Lee
    on Nov 19, 2018

    will you come do that to mine?

  • I would almost move so FL to have this done. 👍👍I LOVED the 1 X 2 prop picture! Hubby wondered if you considered using screws & if they would have held more effectively? I realize they would be harder to disguise. I am no expert. Either way, it looks fabulous & quite impressive‼. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    • Debbie
      7 days ago

      Didnt want to use screws. Patching would be more noticeable.

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