Don’t let the thought of having to rip out drywall keep you from adding new wiring to your home. You will be surprised to find out how crown molding can save you tons of headache. Hollow PVC crown molding is an inexpensive way to hide cable, audio, and communication wires in any room. An 8-foot-section with a 4-inch profile is $10-$20.
Crown molding adds a touch of elegance and style to any room. Wood crown moldings come in a plethora of styles and can be stained, painted, or left natural. Because wood tends to expand and contract with changes in humidity, use flexible caulk at joints and seams. Cost: $1.50 to $45 per foot.
Add a soft, ambient glow to your room(s) with lighted crown molding. The two-piece system has lights in the lower molding that project upward, illuminating the upper piece. Cost for a 12-by-12-foot room is about $800, installed.
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Not all crown molding has to look the same. This molding adds a contemporary feel to the room. If your room has ceilings 8 feet high or less, the upper portion of your crown molding (along the ceiling) should be longer than the bottom (along the wall). Custom plaster moldings and trims cost $25-$50 per running foot; installation requires experience.
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A curved wall doesn’t have to stop you from having the luxury of crown molding. Flexible polyurethane crown molding can conform to just about any shape. It’s lightweight, and accepts paints and stains. An 8-foot-long piece is $15-$30.
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It’s easier than you think to match the classic Shaker-style door casing using crown molding on your cabinets. It’s an easy DIY project featuring a slim piece of simple trim and a plain flat board topped with a 2-inch-wide piece of fluted crown. You’ll spend about $15 per cabinet.
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Your ceilings have beautiful stamped ceiling panels, right? How to enhance the look? Use easy-to-cut tin or aluminum crown molding. Pre-formed corners eliminate the need for complex miters, so a handy DIYer can tackle installation. Metal crown molding comes pre-finished, or can be primed and painted. Cost: $1-$5 per linear foot.
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Want to make your tall walls seem shorter? In this image, White duct tape covers the line where the blue ceiling paint meets the beige wall color, creating an inexpensive multi-layered crown molding effect. Bringing ceiling paint color down along the walls helps make tall walls look shorter.
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Lightweight polyurethane crown moldings are easy to install. You can cut and nail them like wood, but they won’t split or crack. Most come with a factory-applied primer finish and are ready to paint. A 4-inch-wide piece of polyurethane crown molding that’s 12 feet long is $60-$90.
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Some homeowners choose salvaged materials for eco-conscious and recycling benefits; others use these beautiful materials because they simply look good. Either way, try crown molding made from reclaimed timbers. Using salvaged materials means no new timber is harvested, and keeps old building products out of landfills. Beautiful heart pine molding with 5.5-inch profile is about $8.75 per lineal foot.
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