How To Add Crown Above Your Doorways…. For Dummies
(I’m talking about the crown at the top)
I was cutting the piece of crown at 45 degree angles like they all said, but when I placed it above the door, it was NOT right, it looked really long and wonky.
Here’s what I did.
Step 1: Measure the width of the top of the doorway and cut the mdf to fit. Nail into place. ( I had some extra mdf leftover from my living room project HERE. It was originally an 8X4′ sheet that the nice people at Lowe’s cut into 3 inch strips for me.)
Step 2: Use that same measurement to cut the crown, BUT HERE IS THE SECRET that will make your life so much happier!!! Instead of cutting your trim by laying it flat, or standing it up like other trim, flip it upside down placing it on your miter saw table at an angle against the fence. Lean the flat portion of crown that will be nailed to the wall, flat against the fence of the miter saw. Hold it securely in place then make the 45 degree cut. (Cue heavenly choirs singing..) Like this:
But now I can cut crown like nobody’s business!
Place the crown at the top of the mdf, making sure that it is level on both sides, and nail into place.
Step 3: Measure the mdf that is now nailed to the wall, from the front to the wall and cut an end piece of crown with that measurement. Make sure you cut the one side at a 45 degree angle, and the other side at a 0 degree angle that will line up against the wall. Again, making sure you flip the crown upside down, and double check that you are cutting the correct sides the correct way. Glue, don’t nail. Nailing such a small piece could cause it to split. Hold with painters tape while it dries.
Step 4: Cut a piece of picture frame molding the same length as the mdf and crown using 45 degree angles also. Measure and cut a return piece to fit to the wall, just like you did the crown. Secure with wood glue and hold together with painters tape until it dries.