Crowning Glory

Our kitchen has been 95% done for the last month, but there were a few finishing touches that had to wait on other finishing touches, which prevented us from signing off on this reno and calling it don-zo. Main culprit, sorry to say, was our cabinets that were left in our garage by the installers for a month, leading to warping and all kinds of ugliness. Since the cabinets have a life time warranty against these type of defects, we got all the messed up stuff replaced at no cost. But, it still took over a month to get everything in, which slowed our final touches down. Urgh.

The damage is really hard to see in the picture below (the lines are very fine) but they are definitely there, which was definitely not ok πŸ˜‰

Water Damage on Kitchen Cabinets

Another issue we had with the install, was the spacing between our fridge, and the cabinet panel. Our installer wanted a bit more room to work with, so he just installed some filler panels and bumped out everything a bit to accommodate the fridge. And I hated it. Whats the point of paying extra for a counter depth, built-in fridge, when it doesn’t look built-in? Ya know? So when he came back to fix the doors, he also modified the fridge panels to make a tighter fit. Things went from this:

Gap Between Fridge and Panel

To this. Much better. That’s what I’m talkin’ about.

GE Cafe Counter Depth Fridge

With the new fridge all set and in it’s place, we could finally move on to installing the crown, which to me, was MEGA exciting. Since we didn’t paint above the cabinets, things were looking very not finished in the kitchen without our crowning jewel. Now when we were picking out the cabinets, we had to decide between a 3″ space for crown (smaller) and a 6″ space for crown (pretty substantial). Being that I knew nothing about the logistics of crown installation, I went with the tried and true American mantra, bigger is better.

White Shaker Kitchen Cabinets

We knew to get the look we wanted we would have to have a flat piece (more or less an elongation of the cabinet) and the crown, which would rest on the flat piece, and come up to the ceiling. A la this photo.Β With our inspiration tucked away for reference on pinterest, we jumped right in to our first crowning experience. We started by installing the flat piece along the top of the cabinet.

Being newbies at this whole crown business, we realized that the flat piece we bought was way too big, wouldn’t even fit between the cabinet and the ceiling. So we had to take it outside and rip it. Rip it good.

How to Rip Wood

You have a few options here. You can mount this piece on the side of the cabinet (I thought that looked funny), or you can just make it look like an extension of the cabinet, we opted for that one. Here is Jay, modeling our flat piece. He could be a hand model, no?

How to Install Crown Molding

Once we ripped each piece and mitered the edges, we decided to glue these flat pieces right on to the cabinetry. We considered nailing them, too, but really glue seemed like the least intrusive way to go and aesthetically, the most appealing (no nails to cover up).

Now overall, I would say this project was a 7 out of 10 on the difficulty scale for us. A few reasons why. The first is that the cabinet installers kind of did a crappy job. It’s been a learning experience for us hiring someone else out to do some of the home reno dirty work, and overall, I’m kinda like, I’m not sure I wan’t to pay you money to make my house look like poo. I’d rather do that myself, for free! πŸ˜‰

Case and point. The cabinets were not level. At all. See?

How to Install Large Crown

That is some gap action, my friend! Now we called Lowes and told them about this and they just weren’t that receptive. Which makes me kind of mad at them. We’re still trying to work with them to resolve the issue (I’ll keep ya updated) but overall, meh, probably wouldn’t go there again.

The other issue that made the install kind of trick-a-licous was that the crown was big (MEGA) actually, so it didn’t fit right under Jay’s miter saw. Snicker. My baaadd. So anyway, each cut took Jay like an hour. I kid you not. And he’d usually come back into the house and huff and puff and then the piece wouldn’t fit right, which made him huff and puff more. πŸ˜‰ I’m kept telling him – the good news is – you only have 6 cuts! πŸ˜‰

How to Install 6 inch crown

After we installed the crown and caulked the H-E-double hockey sticks out of it, things were looking like the photo above. Not bad, pretty majestic! One of the consolation prizes that Lowe’s gave to us during our ongoing discussions about our cabinet troubles was that they offered to give us a free pint o’ paint from the manufacturer of the cabinets, which matches their color exactly. Now if you’re saying, hurumph, a pint of paint, what is that? I would normally agree with you, but this is like gold plated paint, cause it was $80 bucks for a pint. So I’ll take it!

We had to come through with lots (ahem, LOTS) of caulk to help the trim look a little less janky in a few spots. Since we live in a house as old as Jesus himself, let’s just say there’s been some settling, leading to less than flush surfaces.

How to Caulk Trim

So after carefully painting the trim and caulking the gaps the same corner is now looking like this. Ain’t that purty.

Installing Crown Molding

Here is a front and center shot of the fridge area. Can you tell I’m pretty smitten.

How to Install Crown

Confession. Sometimes I tell Jay I’m looking for the cat at night, but I’m actually just going in the kitchen to look at this crown. I can’t help myself, I’m just drawn to it like a bug to the light. I. love. it.

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17 thoughts on “Crowning Glory

      1. Looks phenomenal! I have a couple of questions! Where did you buy the actual ‘crown’ from? And did you use mdf or just regular wood for the extension of the cabinet between the crown and cabinetry? Also, what glue would you recommend to attach it?

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