Crown moulding project complete
Although this project (aka "The trail of tears") involved an large amount of labor, I think the end result was pretty good:
Once again, Mrs. Frugalson's inspiration came from Sarah at the Thrifty Decor Chick blog, although I would recommend checking out this video from Tom Silva of This Old House for a nice overview of the types of cuts required if you are considering a crown moulding project of your own. Be warned though, Tom is such a skilled carpenter that he makes putting up crown moulding look far simpler than it really is. There is a lot of measuring, cutting, fitting, and dealing with crooked moulding/walls/ceilings that can be a bit time-consuming and challenging to work through.
Materials-wise, this project was pretty basic:
- (20) 12' pieces of pre-primed crown moulding from Lowes ($330.44 out of pocket (oop) after 10% off coupon)
- (4) 8' pieces of pre-primed crown moulding from Lowes ($44.08 out of pocket (oop) after 10% off coupon)
- Behr Ultra Pure White paint, paint brushes, nails, wood putty, painters caulk, sandpaper, etc. were "in stock" from prior projects.
Total cost: $374.52 out of pocket.
On to the tools list. Once again, this project can be done with a hammer, nails, hand saw, and miter box. However, you will get a much better result with far less work with power tools.
Here are the tools used:
- Delta 36-225 10" miter saw
- Freud D1080X Diablo 10" finish blade
- True Angle Tool for measuring all inside & outside corners
- Porter-Cable refurb compressor
- Hitachi brad nailer
- Hitachi finish nailer
- chalk line for marking the moulding wall layout line
- coping saw
- tape measure
Finally, helpful resources for this project:
- How to Cut Crown Moulding (This Old House video)
- How to Put In Crown Molding (This Old House How-To article)
- How to cut crown molding inside corners (youtube)
- How to cut a crown molding outside corner (youtube)
- How to cut crown molding square dead ends (youtube)
- Check ebay for Lowes/Home Depot coupons to reduce the cost of your tools and materials. I picked up a few Lowes 10% coupons for about a buck each that I used to save some money on this project.
- Try to do as much painting as possible before installing any moulding. Trust me, it is much easier to neatly paint bare walls and uncut moulding. :)
- Mark all wall studs before installing moulding and be weary of plumbing waste and supply lines hiding in the walls.
- Have extra pieces of moulding on hand. You are only one misfire or mental mistake away from not having enough material on hand to complete your project.
- Recruit a helper for when you position, level, and fasten moulding. It will make getting a good result much easier.