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Tricks to install crown molding w/uneven ceilings???

Tricks to install crown molding w/uneven ceilings???


Old 11-27-06, 08:06 PM
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Question Tricks to install crown molding w/uneven ceilings???

We want to add crown molding to most of the house. Unfortunately the masons built the front of the foundation a good inch higher than the rest. That means that many rooms slope from the front of the house to the center of rooms where the main beam is. That leaves us with a ceiling/wall corner that slopes half way to the center of the room then levels out to the other end.

We want to use a basic rectangular crown profile similar to those in craftsman style homes - not the common curved crowns most people use. I need some guidance on how to fit the moldings to look good without showing the uneven issues. I know that no house is perfect, but this is problematic. Any tips, tricks, or books to look at would be very appreciated.

Thanks guys!
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Old 11-29-06, 11:00 PM
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As much as you would like to add crown molding, adding the molding may call attention to the construction flaw. For standard 8' ceilings, painting ceilings and walls the same color will show no line of distinction and camouflage the flaw. With a 1" difference, it would likely be best to disguise the flaw with paint. For slight uneveness caulk is used.

In post WWII craftsman style homes, moldings became almost obsolete. Crown molding essentially came to be to disguise cracks between wall & ceiling. In the past couple decades or so, crown molding has once again become popular. Crown molding is optional, not essential.

If your ceilings are high, installing picture molding about 6 inches from ceiling and paint wall color up to the molding would focus eyes on the molding and away from the ceiling and its flaw. This is frequently done in homes with high ceilings to reduce the loftiness of the ceilings. Ceilings and area above picture rail are usually painted a slightly warmer shade than the walls.

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