Crown Molding #2: Coping, Paint, 1/2 Install, and a New Direction

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Blog entry by Todd Clare posted 06-09-2010 06:16 AM 3615 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: New project, new skills, new toys Part 2 of Crown Molding series Part 3: Small update -- paint »


After cutting the modling on the jig (which worked really well, by the way), some coping saw skill building and some creative Dremel-ing, the end of the first 12’ piece was complete:

The first piece destined for the wall was one of the 14’ pieces, so I cut that square on both ends. Patty then painted them with the primer and pain we selected, Benjamin Moore Navajo White in Semi-Gloss (see modification, below). We left the 12’ piece in its original 14’ length, because I wanted to accurately measure it once the first piece was up to make sure the cope would fit.

Lucking out with no rain tonight, we transported the 14’ piece from the garage into the bedroom (no small feat moving that thing around. I fortunately thought ahead and pre-oriented it so it would end up the right direction in the room once we steered it in, as there wasn’t an easy way to rotate it end for end in the room.

Ladders and some blue tape guides made the installation pretty easy. Nailed into the studs and ceiling joists which I had pre-marked, which was also a smart move.

The second piece was also trimmed to the newly measured length, but took two more “shaves” to get perfect so the cope met flush, the other end was at the wall, and no bow was in the center. This wall didn’t have a convenient ceiling joist, so I alternated angles of the nails into the ceiling and that did the trick.

Still need to fill and paint the nail holes and fill some imperfections in the cope.

Two more walls to go, and there is a modification in the works: Originally we saw this color scheme (the green and brown with the off-white molding) in a color sample guide, and we really liked it. We painted the walls and the ceiling, and returned to the paint store to get the trim paint. The lady there mentioned that one ide would be to paint it the same color as the ceiling, but at a semi-gloss versus the flat ceiling finish. After putting up the off-white, we’re thinking we might want to try that instead, so we may try it on one of the cutoffs from the 12’ piece before we hang the remaining 2—much easier to paint on sawhorses than up on the wall, so we’d only have to tape off the 2 existing.

Let me say this clearly: The compressor and nailer I bought specifically for this job is a lifesaver. What took about 4 minutes of install for each length would easily have taken an hour without it, and the results would have been much less exact, not counting the smashed fingers and dented molding. I will definitely post a review of the tool itself at some point, but regardless, if you’re going to do Crown, buy or rent a nailer.

-- Todd (Denver, CO -- Highlands)

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#1 posted 06-09-2010 07:31 AM

No one can ever say you can’t cope LOL
Great job it really looks good.

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#2 posted 06-09-2010 04:31 PM

Seriously clean cope there! You are all about the details and it shows on that first picture.

Hmm, makes sense about going with the same paint color for the crown, just in a different finish… sort of like a mat around the ceiling, rather than a frame.

I’m sure you are loving the nailer and compressor! I know it made putting the cedar fence up last summer a whole heck of a lot easier, not to mention the speed at which it went up. I may have to get a pancake-sized one here one of these days that can live in the basement.

Whatever you decide on the paint, I’m sure it will look great. I would think the brown will be calmer and more relaxing, while the white will have more of an eye-popping effect and look very crisp.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#3 posted 06-09-2010 08:09 PM

Just zipped to the paint store and got the matching ceiling color in a semi gloss. Was hoping for a sample but their samples only come in eggshell, which defeats the whole point of the contrasting sheens.

We’ll be cutting/coping/priming/painting the remaining two strips with the dark color and see how those go (we’re pretty confident it will look good) then I can just mask off the already-installed and paint them over to match.

You’re right about the “crisp”—that’s exactly what it looked like (which was good, but would work better in a living room or kitchen), but seemed to take away from the “relaxing/calm” we were going for with the wall and ceiling colors.

You’re welcome to borrow the compressor anytime you need it, BTW.

-- Todd (Denver, CO -- Highlands)

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