Happy Saturday! The hubby and I recently added Crown molding to our living room, as well as "chair" molding and "box" molding in our dining room. Here's how to get this fab look for yourself too! And here's the lowe's How-to link, for more detailed descriptions :) Also, check out this Crown Molding ABC's video for detailed help! :)
Here is the after...and the before :) There is no furniture because we had just moved in, but there's plenty now! ...But clearing it out for painting and construction is always a good idea!
I'm going to focus on the Dining room...
Step one: Measure how much molding (rounded off into feet)you'll need. Lowes Home Improvement Store knows me by name! I've had to make 6 trips in one day, multiple times before! Just do the math, and come prepared! Don't fret to ask for assistance either!
Step two: picking out molding. You can either go with wood or foam molding. Wood is more expensive and it looks the same as foam molding when its on the ceiling! However, for the chair molding, you want to go with wood. Chairs in the dining room could nick the foam too easily. Wood is more durable. Foam is easier to install for crown molding though! So keep that in mind! Most molding ranges from 10$/8 feet piece to 40$/15 feet piece. I picked a more elaborate foam molding at $15/8 feet piece, and I had extra when all was said and done (not a bad thing!!!).
Step three: MITER SAW!!! the fun begins! The most helpful tip I could give you here is CUT SAMPLE ANGLES. The Lowe's Tutorial I linked up above will go into the angles and how to end the molding in a room, and all that jazz. But all you really need to do is take about 3 feet of extra molding, and cut the four angles you possibly could make. The four consist of: inner/outer 45 degree angle on the left hand side, and Inner/outer 45 degree angle on the right hand side. You don't want to just make cuts on a whim because you could end up cutting a piece and it be the exact opposite of what you need, angle wise.
step five: INSTALLATION! :/ Let me warn you. Installation is not for the weak of heart. It is a two man job. and Coming from me...you should trust me!!! I'm the one who says...naw, I can do it..and I end up carrying a futon up the stairs and almost killing the cat in the process. haha...just get your hubby or a friend to help! Oh! And go with "HARD AS NAILS" GLUE. That stuff worked so fast! It helped with the neck aches! we also caulked the seams and painted the walls before, and after molding. that saved time in our book! it was seamless!
Step 6: Enjoy! :) There is nothing better than the pride that comes with good 'ol hard work! be proud you took this on! :):)