Kitchen Update – Adding Crown Molding

It’s Friday y’all, which means we just wrapped up another week of house projects. I’m THRILLED to show you some “afters” of our kitchen crown molding!

Before we decided on the final look, we considered all sorts styles.

  1. Option 1 (white cabinet): This nods to some of my favorite craftsman style moldings.
  2. Option 2 (dark green cabinet): Simple molding, both in look AND installation.
  3. Option 3 (light grey cabinet): The traditional show stopper!
  4. Option 4 (blue cabinet): A flat, non-angled molding in true Shaker style. No frills, just a polished finish.

In the end we chose option 4 because I am a rule follower, so I wanted to recreate something that you possibly could have seen in the 1800s. Don’t get me wrong, our kitchen is by no means true Shaker style, but when it comes to moldings you can very quickly over complicate them. The Shaker communities have an amazing history, this is a great recap. All in all their furniture was built for cleanliness, simplicity, and utility, so usually you wouldn’t see any flourish or ornamental elements. When people say “they just don’t make things the way they used to,” the Shakers are a prime example of that.

The other fantastic part of choosing this crown molding is that we didn’t have to use a Kreg Crown Molding Jig, meaning we didn’t have to measure all of the angles like we would have with option 3. All Michael had to do was miter the edges!

To install the crown we did a few things:

  1. Installed the cabinet side panels.
  2. Installed a small, painted piece of wood at the top of the cabinet to attached the crown molding to. Lets call it the mount.
  3. We had to place the mount correctly to ensure the crown was flush with the cabinet door fronts. This gives our cabinets an inset look, without the hefty price tag. Here is an article that explains all of the different door options you can consider should you remodel!
  4. Michael used a shim to make sure that the gap between the top of the cabinet door and the crown matched the gaps between the cabinet doors. This little piece of wood was the most important DIY tool! Trust me, you don’t want random gap widths particularly with white cabinets.  Adjustment, leveling, and shimming is key.

So here is the final result. We still have the vent hood and lower valence to do, but these moldings deliver some serious design punch!

It’s a game of measurement and angles, but  taking on crown molding is a moderate DIY effort that can transform your existing cabinets.  If you want to take a stab at your own project let us know! There are a few watch outs and some key tools we’d be happy to share with you.

xo, MD

One thought on “Kitchen Update – Adding Crown Molding

  1. Just one amazing detail after another!! Your design skills are sounding like a professional!! And the execution looks flawless!!


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