It’s still a week away from getting ready to jump back into our master bathroom remodel (you can see the progress in that room here, if you haven’t missed it), but I’ve always thought about next steps and details I would like to incorporate that room. And I still have another unfinished project that prevents me from installing the crown molding. If I could install it, I think I would add a trim to it to enhance the look of the crown molding. I want that room to look special and luxurious, so getting the crown a notch helps with that purpose. So in thinking about it, I used the three ways I raised the look of crown molding in my house as a jumping off point for ideas. I can reuse one of the ideas, or I can change one of the ideas for something a bit different. But here’s what I’ve done so far…
1. Add 1 ″ x 6 ″ boards around the ceiling before installing the crown molding.
This is the idea I used in our living room, and I still love the way it looks. It’s just one of the small details that adds a special touch.
It’s never a difficult process, and it’s much quicker and quicker when there are two people working on it together (which I don’t, so it’s a lot harder, but a workable job for one person). Before installing the crown molding, simply nail 1 ″ x 6 ″ board around the perimeter of the ceiling. You can even move it an inch or more to make it wider. Just remember how far from the wall the crown molding is. Once the boards are nailed, install the crown molding in the standard way.
I really like how it looks around my fireplace, where I switched from white to black teal to mold the crown to match the fireplace, but kept the extra detail on the 1 ″ x 6 ″ white board. for continuity around the room.
2. Use MDF and base cap for a wider and more detailed perimeter.
This is what I do for the music room, and when guests enter my house, it’s one of the features that seems most appealing to people’s eyes.
To make this look, I used MDF cut into 12-inch wide pieces (it’s cheaper than buying 1 ”x 12” boards) and attached them the same way I make the boards. in the living room ceiling around the perimeter of the ceiling. Then I put the crown molding in the same way. But as an added detail here, I’ve also included molding the base cap on the inside of the 12-inch-wide piece of MDF. Of course, the ceiling of my music room has the added detail of 1/4 ″ plywood strips attached to the entire ceiling. If you want to do something like that on your ceiling, you have to do the plywood strips first. But it’s completely optional. Even if you leave that out, it’s still nice to just use 12-inch MDF, the crown molding, and the base cap molding. This idea (not the plywood strips on the ceiling) is actually the direction I’m thinking for our master bathroom right now, but we’ll see.
3. Add 1 ″ x 4 ″ boards before installing the crown molding.
This is what I use in our bathroom in the hallway, which is the same idea I use in the living room.
But since it’s a small bathroom (about 7.5 square feet), I wanted a slightly smaller look, so I used a small 1 ″ x 4 ″ board to line the perimeter of the ceiling. before attaching the crown molding. And as you can see, I also used a similar 1/4 ″ plywood strip design that I used in the music room, except that I stained it dark brown before putting it on the ceiling. And also, because I didn’t want much to happen in this little bathroom, I left the base cap molding I used on the ceiling in the music room.
There are many other ways to enhance the look of crown molding. I only use three of them in my house, and I use them even when I have 8 foot ceilings throughout the areas of my house.
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