How to install crown molding on staggered kitchen cabinets
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Usually the taller or forward cabinets are in the center surrounded by shorter cabinets. These are called staggered height cabinets.
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Many homeowners like the appearance of crown molding along the top edge of the cabinet face to finish off the appearance of the cabinets. Having staggered cabinets does not change how crown molding is installed. Measure the width of the forward or tall cabinet. Take your crown molding to the miter saw. Turn the molding upside-down so the fence of the saw is the face of the cabinet and the base of the saw is the ceiling. Move the arm of the miter saw to the left and position the arm on the degree line. Slide the molding to the right so you can trim near the left end.
Hold the molding flat to the fence and the base and make your first cut. Measure from the cut to the right and mark your width measurement.
Slide the molding to the left. Move the arm of the miter saw to the right and position the arm on the degree line.
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Get the latest news, updates and offers from This Old House to your inbox. Get the latest This Old House news, updates and special offers every week, direct to your inbox. Hammer and flat pry bar, used remove existing crown molding. Power miter saw, used to cut miter angles on crown molding. Pneumatic brad nailer and air compressor, for nailing up the crown molding. The longer piece should hang over the front piece by 1 inch on each end.
The photo above is just a side profile view to give you an idea I then placed this piece on top of the cabinet. You can see that I also added a piece of lattice trim to cover the seam the tops of the pantry cabinets uneven in height because one was installed before flooring, and the other was installed after. I then nailed small 2. Similar to this image for visual purposes only, disregard the wording via I nailed the 1x2 molding to the blocks.
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For the sides of the cabinet, I cut 2 other 1x2's to the depth of the cabinet minus 2 inches and placed it behind the front piece so it butts against it. I then added cove molding underneath, the cove molding is the only piece that needs to be mitered. This image shows how the cove molding sits against the 1x2's This can easily be cut with a miter box and saw. Note how the cove molding sits against the saw wall.Installing crown on cabinets.
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