DIY-ing crown moulding can be so intimidating — whether because of the saws or the compound angle cuts! I’m bringing back an older trim style in this tutorial that’s more beginner-friendly and easy to install!
I’m gonna show you how to install crown molding with no miter cuts. Be sure to save this Easy Diy Crown Moulding No Angled Cuts tutorial for later so you can diy ceiling trim all by yourself! Scroll down for some pins you can save for later.
If you’ve ever tried install crown holding by yourself, you know that cutting crown molding is intense! You have to flip the board upside down and backwards and figure out how to cut the right way. So here’s a more bigger, friendly version of installing Crown with none of that.
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OPTIONAL: MITER BOX
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Ooh, what are these? This is is an inside corner piece. It is a hardwood trim piece made for crown molding.
This is what you attach into the corners and then your crown molding can butt up against it. And that is what lets you make straight cuts. Start by installing these trim pieces into the corners. Just add some liquid nails to the back, and then drive some 18 gauge Brad nails diagonally through the trim on the edge into the drywall.
I’m gonna be painting these a solid color, so I used a DAP white wood filler, but if your trim is going to be wood with a stained finished, you might wanna use less nails and fill them with a wood match fill.
As promised. You can make a straight cut on your crown molding boards. Just lay them completely flat and cut them down to size.
So I’m using a 7 1/4inch miter saw — this one’s a Ryobi. It’s pretty affordable and very portable. If you don’t wanna use power tools, you can actually use a Miter box instead.
I cut my trim to size and added some liquid nails to the back — it’ a good idea to dry fit (aka hold it up and test the fit before applying glue.
Crown molding has bevels on the top and bottom so that it goes up at a 45 degree angle, trim is flexible, so you can press it into place in each section before you nail.
I nailed this up again with my 18 gauge Brad nailer. Normally I’d be using a pin nailer for trim, since you won’t be able to see the head. But since this is at an angle, we need a stronger nail to hold it up.
Sticking up big trim pieces solo can be intense. You have to balance it over your head. So the trick is to start in the middle, get everything secure by crossing the nails and then move to the edges. So I’m lining everything up, just making sure we’re relatively in the center and my middle piece is flush with the ceiling.
paint color – custom color match
I wanted something earthy and dramatic for this space, so I custom matched this orange paint color. It’s like a burnt orange. I caulked the trim with paintable caulk which is super important so that your paint actually sticks and started painting.
If you wanna use my custom color, you can screenshot the color code below then just bring it into the paint desk at Home Depot and they’ll be able to mix it up for you. I went with flat finish since it’s gonna be on a ceiling and I didn’t want any shine.
Look at how good this ceiling looks!
The trim is so polished, which is amazing if you are not a trim carpenter because you can install your own crown molding, have a bold accent ceiling, and it’s so, so easy.
This is a trim style that’s a little more traditional versus like sleek and modern. So it might not be for everyone, but it’s definitely the easiest way to get it done.