You know that crown molding in the kitchen I’ve been talking about for…well…about a year? It’s finally done. I’ve said it before, and I’m sure I’ll say it again – the finishing touches are sometimes the hardest things to finish because the room looks pretty good, and there are worse spaces in the house that need fixin that end up distracting me.
The crown really finishes off the Ikea Lidingo cabinets and further gives them a more customized look.
I showed previously how we used some of the Ikea trim that went with our Lidingo cabinets to make it appear that the cabinets came to the edge of the soffit. I did this because in all the high end kitchens I’ve seen, the soffit is built to the depth of the cabinet. Since our soffit was already there, and I happen to like the look of soffit above the cabinets, we fit the cabinets to the soffit. If you’re doing a kitchen reno and have an old soffit, consider keeping it and dressing it up! It can end up looking nicer in the end if done right and saves you lots of time (or money) for demo and drywall repair.
The crown wasn’t terribly difficult to put up. We used the miter and caulk method. Some are opposed to this method and say coping is superior, and while that may be true, I’ve been really pleased with how our dining room crown molding turned out. My parents used this method for their crown molding which has been in place for many many years and have yet to have any caulk cracking issues.
One big upgrade to the process this time around was the addition of a compound miter saw and a nail gun. While not required (you can use an inexpensive miter box and hammer), they sure do make it easier and more precise.
I’m far from an expert in installing crown molding, and you can Google much better how to guides than I could write, but I’ll give you one tip I haven’t seen illustrated before. Use test pieces! They don’t take long to make and can help save you from wasting huge long runs of molding because you may have gotten your angles mixed up. I bring the test pieces for a particular cut with me when I go to make the cut, so I position it the same as the piece I’m cutting (i.e., flipped over) to make sure the saw is set up properly. I labeled all of them either inside or outside as well as wrote down the angles to set the compound miter saw for the next time I’m cutting crown (saves me from having to look it up)
Back when I compared paint colors that go with the Lidingo finish, I found that Benjamin Moore Simply White was the best match for latex paint, so I got a quart of that in Aura satin finish for the soffit and crown. It’s great paint and goes on really smoothly. It isn’t quite as good as some of the self leveling acrylic trim paints out there right now (although it’s really close), it is probably the best of the regular acrylic latex paints I’ve tried. It is a very shiny satin finish, so if you are considering Aura for any trim projects, I think semi-gloss might be too glossy and show every little imperfection and brush stroke. The satin finish is a good match to the Lidingo finish.
Even though I had tested the Benjamin Moore Simply White on a leftover scrap of the Ikea Lidingo trim, I was still worried it might not match perfectly once it was up. My worries were all for nothing since I can’t tell a bit of difference. The visual line of the trim connecting to the soffit provides just enough break that any difference in color is negligible.