Trade Secrets on How To Install Crown Molding In Bathrooms
Crown moldings are wonderful accents that are common to windows, doors, and floors. Is there are reason not to consider putting crown molding in bathroom ceilings? It could be that one minute detail that could make all the difference.
The most common notion about installing crown molding is that only an expert carpenter can do a good job. But the truth is, as long as you follow the instructions and not rush through the process, you can do it. There are trade secrets about cutting the molding as well as how to bridge corners and gaps and work with angles.
The main difference between bathroom ceilings and windows or doorways is the angle. The bathroom crown molding will have to be installed at a 45 degree angle for gaps. This means you cannot force the back of the molding to touch the bathroom wall. It can’t. There will really be an empty space.
It’s important to let your molding sit unattended for at least 24 hours at room temperature. This is to allow the molding to adjust to the temperature and humidity inside your home prior to cutting. Also, when cutting the molding joints, you need to turn the crown molding around so that the backside is facing you. Then, make sure to use a miter saw in cutting the molding.
Another trade secret would be to never buy crooked or bent moldings. If you can, buy the stain grade because it’s easier to avoid defects and you will have less problems with the finishing. If you are in a rush, buy molding of this grade level that has already been painted and primed. If you want the complete DIY project, prime and paint the molding before you install it, and then, do some touch up after.
Being a non-professional, don’t beat yourself up over slight gaps or obvious signs of splicing. You can easily cover this up with some wood glue, decorative objects, or wood filler. Finish the job by touching up the areas that show signs of wear and tear from the installation.