Asked on Mar 11, 2018

Is it difficult to put crown molding on top of my cupboards?

by Sherry
The corners are not square so how would I butt them up together?
The end cupboard sticks out about 1/2 inch from the other cupboards. I think it was an add on.
This is the corner where the lazy Susan is and you can tell just by looking at them they are not 90 degrees.
thank you
  12 answers
    • Sherry Sherry on Mar 12, 2018

      Thank you so much Shoshone, I feel way more confident about starting this job now. Just hoping I get the corners right.. :)

  • Pamela Frost Pamela Frost on Mar 12, 2018

    I wouldn't attempt this without a power compound miter saw. (you will notice in the above video they don't show making the cuts) And with the angles in this project buy a lot of extra molding, there will be mistakes.

  • Ginger Custin Strain Ginger Custin Strain on Mar 12, 2018

    I am 75 and did my kitchen cabinets with styrofoam crown molding

    yhey did the metered corners for me

    it is lightweight and you just glued it to the top of your cabinets

    you can choose the length and height and just buy what you need

    • Jordan Le Bouton Jordan Le Bouton on Mar 12, 2018

      YOU ARE MY HEROINE! Who would have thunk it but us older ladies. I am getting new house and have a long list of things to cut and hammer and oh the fun my son won't but I will. If I show him this he will get down on the ground and kiss your feet.

  • Jokarva Jokarva on Mar 12, 2018

    My husband and I nearly went to war trying to put up a very simple crown molding in our kitchen. I don't want to be a downer, but that bumped out cabinet and diagonal cabinet are going to complicate matters. And molding is expensive. Unless you're pretty handy, and good with a power miter saw and angle finder, I would go with the foam molding. Good luck!

  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Mar 12, 2018

    It's trial and error with corners. Buy some cheap scrap molding to practice on. It doesn't even have to be crown molding, just anything to get you cuts right. And you can keep cutting from the end, so you don't waste your practice pieces. When you find the prefect angle, them make the cut on the good molding.

  • Edie Pfeifer Edie Pfeifer on Mar 12, 2018

    cutting the correct angle for crown molding takes a great deal of skill, it is not simple.

    • Brenda Brenda on Mar 12, 2018

      I agree buy one to practice getting your angles right

  • Cathy McIntire Cathy McIntire on Mar 12, 2018

    i have the same problem. Even the designer didn’t get it right when she ordered crown molding for our kitchen. My builder had to insist she take the trim all back because ordered it incorrectly. I still don’t have the molding and I really wanted it but I do love my kitchen.

  • Emmen Emmen on Mar 12, 2018

    Yes, cutting the angles is very challenging. Another nice solution is getting the small cupboard boxes and doors from Ikea that you just affix to the top of your existing cabinets. It looks great and you get added storage!

  • Brenda Brenda on Mar 12, 2018

    If you're going to paint it. Especially, cuts don't have to be perfect. Get some wood filler. & sand smooth. Where you use it. I sanded all the runs before putting up,saves your arms some pain

  • Gale Allen Jenness Gale Allen Jenness on Mar 12, 2018

    I wouldn’t necessarily say it easy! All depends on your skill set and what tools you have to do the job? You can do it with a regular power miter saw as Long as you hold your crown mold at the proper 45 degree angle while cutting it. But if your corners are off you can sometimes cheat a little bit by changing your angle a little as you cut your miter to fit corners that are not a true 90 degrees. Being a cabinet maker myself I’ve been doing crown mold on cabinet for over 25 years. It can certainly be easier to cut crown mold with a compound miter saw once you know of figure out your correct degree both directions and leave your molding laying flat on your miter saw rather than trying to hold it up at the 45 degree angle when cutting it! When cutting the molding around the lazy Susan cabinet your miter should be 22 1/2 degrees back cut on all your pieces going around the L.S. Cabinet. These are also much easier to install with a air compressor and a air finish nailer! So you can nail your corners of your crown mold at the top into both pieces of crown so they can’t shift on ya! Easist way to get the right niters is use a couple scrap pieces to line up your miter cuts and once you know what the niters are then cut you finish pieces. To know where to cut your molding at you can but your square end against the wall where your going to install the molding on your cabinets and eye ball where your 45 degree cut needs to be and mark it with a pencil with a straight line. I also mark a angle line just to make sure I cut my niters the right direction. Makes cutting mold wrong gets expensive quickly! You don’t want to make many mistakes! You can measure your cabinets to figure where to cut your molding too, but always measure twice and double check everything before making that finish cut! It’s so easily to misread a tape measure or remember the measurements wrong! So check check and check making sure your cutting it right! I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve tried cutting a molding to size, 3-5 times and it was still short each time! HaHa! Funny till you got to go buy mold crown mold cause you messed up too many cuts! Don’t do that! But honestly even the professionals screw up now and then! We just try to fix the problem before anyone notices! Just take your time and try to be very precise with your cuts and you’ll do fine! There actually is the old fashion way of doing these too and that’s coping your cuts into your molding. Not many know how to even do that any more. But if you have corners that are not true 45degrees or 90 degree. Then coping your molding in makes a much nicer joint in my opinion. Again if you know how to cope your molding? It’s becoming a lost art it seems, you don’t see it done very often any more. I’m lucky that I was taught be a few old timers that taught me these skills and from time to time it’s easier to cope a corner then to try and get a perfect miter on a uneven out of square cabinet , etc. especially with those back cuts is when I prefer to cope the molding instead!

  • Sharyn Sharyn on Mar 13, 2018

    The answer is NO! There are preformed corners, both inies and outies. Just use straight pieces of your crown and when you come to a corner, insert the end into the preformed one. Simple. We purchased them at either Home Depot or Lowes and they made the job simple. There's a lot of room to play with so your straight runs don't have to be absolutely perfect.