Installing Crown Molding on Cabinets

Installing crown molding on cabinets is probably the most difficult part of any cabinet installation. Not only will you have to make sure that the cabinet is installed correctly, but now you will be adding a whole new issue to deal with before you can say that your installation job is complete. The biggest thing to remember when it comes to installing crown molding on cabinets is that your measurements need to be exact. Crown molding is going to draw the eye, so it needs to be perfect.

Measure Before Cutting or Installing

Before you start installing crown molding on cabinets, you need to make sure that you have very good measurements of every area that you are going to put the molding on. There is no such thing as being too sure, so measure until you are getting the same numbers.

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One tip on making sure that you are getting the right numbers is to have another person measure the same area. If you both end up with the same numbers, then you are probably measuring correctly, and you can move on.

Another tip is to be very careful when you actually cut the crown molding. There are a lot of mistakes that you can make at this stage in the installation, so be careful. It is recommended that you do all of your cutting in a workshop instead of at the actual building site if you can.

The reason for this is that you do not need to see the area as long as you have correct measurements, and you will need to be very careful in order to get the cuts precise enough. Installing crown molding on cabinets is entirely dependent on your measurements.

In order to cut the crown molding, you should turn it upside down. There are more detailed descriptions of how to cut crown molding, but this is the key tip. That way, you can make sure that you are cutting the molding in a way that keeps the correct shape. Installing crown molding on cabinets is never easy, but you will find that it is much more manageable as long as everything is cut correctly.

Make Sure Cabinet is Level and Square

One thing that you will have to look out for while you are installing crown molding on cabinets is that sometimes the cabinet is not perfectly square. You can see this by looking at the corner of the cabinet. If one of the edges sticks out past the cabinet side, then you'll have an uneven corner to install the molding on.

Installing crown molding on cabinets that still have the lip would require you to measure at an angle and take into account how far that will force the molding apart. This will also leave a gap between the molding and the cabinet itself. Essentially, if you leave the lip on the cabinets, you will find that your molding looks terrible. Cutting it off is relatively easy to do.

Just cut mark off the area of lip that you need to cut off. Then, cut through the lip down to the side of the cabinet (but be careful not to cut the cabinet side). You should be able to remove the extra part of the lip with a chisel.