Creating Crown Molding and Cove Lighting

Creating a gorgeous room by installing crown molding with cove lighting is an easy task that can be accomplished by any homeowner or do-it-yourself expert. Even though this project will require various tools, as well as having an attention to detail, it can be accomplished within a few hours, depending on your speed and skill level. This project is best done when you have some spare time so that you can complete the project within the same time frame.

Tools and Materials:

  • 1-by-4 lumber
  • Chop saw or skill saw
  • Speed square
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Nail punch
  • Sandpaper
  • Router
  • Clamp
  • Chalk line
  • Stud finder
  • Wood adhesive
  • Crown molding

Step 1: Create the Ledger

Begin by measuring the amount of ledger material that you will need, and cut the pieces of 1-by-4 lumber required. Clamp the cut pieces down tight and use a router to form the desired design. Measure every foot and place a small piece of wood to act as braces for the crown molding. Secure these down by nailing from the back of the board into the bracing material. Complete all of the pieces of 1-by-4, and then sand the wood smooth.

Step 2: Hang the Ledger

It is time to hang the ledger into place. Use a chalk line to ensure that you get a straight line, then begin hanging the molding, starting from one end of the room and proceeding to the other. Remember to connect the joints with a 45 degree angle so that they blend together properly. Nail into every stud, using a stud finder if needed, and countersink all nails with a nail punch.

Step 3: Secure the Crown Molding

Install the crown molding into place by nailing them down onto the braces that you made on the ledger piece. For added strength, apply wood adhesive before you tighten them all the way down.

Step 4: Install the Lights

Install the cove lighting by feeding it into the slot that is left by joining the ledger and the crown molding. Cable lights work best here, but any type of lighting that can be fed into the gap will work. Before attaching the power into the house wiring, find the correct fuse and turn it off. Wire the ends together, matching color to color, and screw wire fittings onto them to hold the ends securely together. Push the attached section back into the wiring box or junction box, and secure the cover down.

That is all there is to creating crown molding and installing cove lighting. It is a simple project that will not only give your home an appearance of having hidden lighting, but it will also give you, as the homeowner and creator, a project to be proud of.