Crown Molding Suggestions

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Topic by cpt_hammer posted 06-30-2008 08:27 PM 18780 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-30-2008 08:27 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question living room ceiling finishing molding

My wife and I have been working on painting and improving our new house and recently we have painted our family room. We additionally, we are going to install the same crown molding that exists in the foyer. It’s a 3 5/8” standard HD Crown Molding in 8’ lengths the room measures 17’ by 17’ . However, I’m not sure how I should install the molding. I have a list of potential issues.

1. The ceiling in the room is 18’ (feet) tall and I only have an extension ladder.
2. I do not have an air nailer.
3. The stone fireplace goes all the way to the ceiling.

Here is a quick picture (after it was finished and painted):
Family Room

My questions are this:

1. How do I attach the crown molding to the ceiling while working on an extension ladder?

My thought process is the make 6” wide backer boards (shaped to the 52 deg angle of the molding) and place about 4’ apart nailed to studs. Then nail the molding to the backer boards and cock the joints. I’ll nail the center section first and should be able to reach each end from the ladder.

2. What is a good way to work around the fireplace? Stop the molding at the edges or mold around it?

My thought process is to stop it before the fireplace since we are later going to add recessed lighting to the front of the fireplace or perhaps build and overhang that would extend about 16” out from the wall to hold portion of the lighting.

Any sugesstions?

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06-30-2008 10:35 PM

Rent a scaffold.
Buy an air gun.
Scribe into the stone.

-- http://woodsongsfurniture.com

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06-30-2008 11:02 PM

Scribe into the stone? What is that? I haven’t heard that term before.

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07-01-2008 01:54 AM

When I’m up against an irregular surface, like a river rock fireplace, I cut my crown to follow the curve of the rock. I’m butting my crown up to the stone, drawing a rough line, cutting the crown with a chopsaw or a grinder. Then butting it up again and marking what needs cut and then cutting it till I get a tight fit.
Scribing is marking what needs cut out.

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121 posts in 5659 days

07-02-2008 01:27 AM

I use a pencil compass like this, to match an uneven suface.

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07-02-2008 01:45 AM

Rent a scaffold. (with casters)
Buy an air gun.
Scribe…well…maybe I would build a small soffit and scribe the horizontal to the stone. That would be easier than trying to scribe crown. It would also allow you to place something that you can attached the crown to along the stone without only nailing to ceiling joists.

-- arborial reconfiguration specialist

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07-03-2008 07:10 AM

it’ll look better without the molding over the stone IMO. I’d just do a simple return at the fireplace.

I can’t tell from the picture but matching border on the ceiling would compliment the crown molding and maybe a plate under the molding as well, at that height you can do something large, to small and the effect will get lost in the space.

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02-01-2009 10:27 AM

Definitely larger crown. 6 or 8” will be needed to properly show up and not look like a stripe on the ceiling. Like previously stated renting scaffolding is cheap and you can rent the air gun as well. (However for a couple hundred Home Depot has gun and compressor. You will find all kind of excuses to use it)

-- Dion, www.richinscarpentry.com

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694 posts in 5596 days

02-02-2009 01:15 AM

—If you use a larger crown moulding, put cleats on ceiling and wall to nail to;.
—Use a caulking like liq. nails.
—If you are by yourself you might need to build a support for the moulding to rest on.
—Are you coping or 45-ing?
—Do you have a big enough chop saw with compound angles?

Good luck with this project.

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03-10-2009 02:26 AM

Use a construction adhesive that doesn’t require alot of bracing, Locite paneling adhesive claims to need no bracing. I found that I still needed to tack a finish nail or two in for support, but I was using it in colder than ideal temperatures so that may have affected it. It will still be tricky to do it with only an extention ladder, if you had a friend with another ladder than it wouldn’t be a problem. The construction adhesive should stick to your fireplace masonry & make it so you can actually hang it there with less nails.

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10-17-2013 10:33 AM

picture-frame molding could make these windows feel completely modern, but ending the side trim at a flat crown at the top speaks to both traditional design elements and a modern aesthetic.

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02-25-2016 10:05 AM

Rent a scaffold.
Buy an air gun.
Scribe into the stone.

- dennis

What do you mean when you said scribe into the stone?

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33 posts in 1955 days

05-21-2018 01:54 PM

Hey! I for the crown molding you should buy an air gun. It’ll make the process much easier and give you great results. Also, to give you the best look I’d stop the crown molding before it hits the stone. I hope it works out :)

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