Crown molding intersection conundrum


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Old 01-30-22, 10:11 AM
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Crown molding intersection conundrum

Hi everyone,

I've been searching the interwebs for a situation similar to this, but haven't found one yet, so i thought i'd post on here to see if someone had an idea on how to do this.

We are looking to add crown molding to the ceiling and perimeter of the family room/dining room/kitchen, but i'm stuck on whether or not i can make this intersection work. The room to the right is the kitchen and to the left is the entry way and dining room, which is all open concept to the family room. The kitchen ceiling seems to come down about 1.5-2 inches below the top of the wall to the left. Not sure if that's just poor drywallmanship or not.

Crown on the vaulted ceiling seems to be pretty simple, but i cannot figure out how to bring it down and join the walls at this intersection. I feel like the backside of the ceiling crown would end up hanging below the kitchen ceiling, but maybe it would only do that where it would intersect the horizontal crown on the wall? Maybe the bigger issue is the uneven wall?


 
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Old 01-30-22, 10:22 AM
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About all you could do is separate the two with a big ugly plinth block so that you could keep the living room trim full size and still make a level triangular transition. And I'd suggest you don't put crown in the kitchen in the first place, you already have it on the cabinets. And if you do, use a smaller crown moulding than in the living room.

This is one of those cases where I don't think crown moulding is going to add to the appearance. My eye would be drawn to that big cluster. You also have a can light on the cathedral ceiling that looks like its in the way.
 
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Old 01-30-22, 10:39 AM
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I hadn't thought of a plinth block, probably because i haven't really seen any, but i agree that it would probably be unsightly. I'll have to see what the wife wants to do. Would the plinth block straddle the intersection?
 
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Something like one of these? Just want to put something together to show my wife.



 
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Old 01-30-22, 10:48 AM
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The first photo is an end cap, you would use that if you were going to stop the crown moulding short of a problem area instead of trying to miter them together. But yeah, something like the 2nd photo. IMO they are pretty ugly, and if you need to use one, crown was probably a bad idea in the first place. But as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
 
 

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