This weekend we decided Crown Molding in the first floor bathroom would really enhance its look and feel. It also made it consistent with the rest of the downstairs. So, armed with YouTube, a few home improvements sites, a magazine, a Ridgid mitre saw, air gun, an Angle Projector, and two dogs I got the molding cut and up on the wall with no major issues. Of course measuring and cutting are only half the battle, the real talent comes with chalking and painting to make two generally flush pieces of wood look like a single clean piece. Total project time was 5.5 hours.
Overall the only tips I would impart are:
- Make test pieces!! These were by far the best validation of the angles needed for each corner
- When you purchase the wood it will say the angle it is cut for (this will make sense after you read up on this process), and then simply set your mitre saw w/ bevel edge – done
- Find and mark the studs on the wall and the joists – no fun making extra holes while balancing on a ladder with a 7 foot piece of wood ‘perfectly’ placed on the wall and thumbing around for the trigger on the nail gun.
Here are the sites I referenced that I thought were helpful in this process:
- Site 1 – good tutorial site, small pics, decent text
- Site 2 – better pics, but less text
- Google Video Directory of DIY – watch the spelling and try variants
- This Old House – helpful video