How to Install Metal Kitchen Cabinet Crown Molding How to Install Metal Kitchen Cabinet Crown Molding

Installing kitchen cabinet crown molding is one of the easiest and the most effective ways to enhance the look of your kitchen. The market is flooded with metal cabinet moldings of different designs and styles. These moldings are easy to install at home and can be a fun DIY project for the weekend.

Selecting the right kind of molding is the first step. Cabinet crown moldings come in many different designs, styles, and thickness. Selection of the right molding should be done after due consideration of the final look you desire for the whole space and also considering other design elements of the kitchen. For example, if you want your kitchen to have a charming country look, you can opt for traditional yet simple wooden moldings that can be painted in the same color as the cabinets.

Tools and Materials needed:

• Crown molding strips
• Backer board of 3/4-inch thickness plywood
• Glue gun with wood glue
• Measuring tape
• Miter saw
• Hammer and short nails. Another alternative is a suitable nail gun
• Sand paper of 300 grits or small hand held sanding machine
• Wood putty
• Paint for cabinets

Step 1: Measurement and Purchase
After selecting your preferred style and design of cabinet crown molding, take measurements of your kitchen cabinets for the length of molding you need to purchase. It is advisable for you to buy 20 percent more molding to that of the measurements you have taken.

Step 2: Install Backer Board
Install the backer board. A backer board will make your DIY project easier. If your cabinet is near the sink and is expected to take a lot of water splashes, you can opt for a waterproof backer board. Glue the backer board to the outer edge of the cabinet with wood glue. Ensure that the toe kicks and the board are fitting exactly on the face of your cabinet boards and are neatly trimmed.

Step 3: Cutting the moldings
Now take careful measurements for the crown moldings and methodically note down the measurements in a paper pad. Cut the crown molding with a miter saw of the exact measurements that you have noted down. You need to cut the corners in an angle so that each molding fits perfectly with the neighboring one. This might need a little practice, so be patient and thorough.

Step 4: Nailing the moldings
Lay down one of the moldings that you have cut against the cabinet door. It is critical that you determine the correct placement for the first molding. This will guide you to place the rest of the moldings. Mark the top and bottom of the demarcated space clearly. Now start nailing the crown moldings on to the cabinet. You can either use a hammer and some short nails or a brad nailer/ nail gun to make your job easier. Be gentle and do not hurry through the process.

Step 5: Finishing the molding
Once you are through with nailing all the moldings on to all the cabinet doors, take sandpaper and sand each joint to give a smooth finish. If there are any small disjoints or cracks, you can cover those up with wood putty. Allow any glue or putty used to dry for at least 12 hours.

Step 6: Painting the cabinet
Now is the final step of finishing. Select a color of paint that you would like to add on the cabinets and the moldings. Sand all the surfaces to a smooth finish. Then give 2 to 3 coats of paint of the complete surface. Allow at least 30 minutes between each coat to let the paint dry.

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