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Forum topic by Canofworms posted 04-25-2014 09:49 PM 962 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Canofworms

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04-25-2014 09:49 PM

The opening and trim below the crown is level, but the ceiling is not. We racked our brains to no avail.
Any ideas?


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#1 posted 04-25-2014 10:57 PM

Turn it into an arched opening….

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#2 posted 04-25-2014 11:24 PM

Is the floor level? Reason I ask is because we just inherited my father-in-laws 65 year old house and the floors are sagging something awful in several places. So maybe that wall on the right (by the light switch) has dropped?

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#3 posted 04-25-2014 11:44 PM

Is that bulkhead structural? If not you could open up a lot of space.

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#4 posted 04-26-2014 04:21 AM

In the photo it looks way out of level, about 1/2” or more. You can remove the crown and float the ceiling with setting type compound, such as EasySand 90 or similar product. Then reattach the crown leaving a small gap which you can caulk. That end of the crown won’t line up properly with the adjoining crown, but at least it’s inside that corner, so not super conspicuous.

By floating the ceiling then leaving a caulk gap, you might get it down 1/4” or so. Maybe you can close the difference another 1/8” by moving the door casing up a little.

Basically, you’re not going to fix it without tearing out everything in that area and redoing it. Best is to float, caulk, tweak and make it less noticeable to the eye, and be glad it’s painted trim.

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#5 posted 04-26-2014 04:55 AM

Paint it all white in that area so it’s not as noticable. ;)

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#6 posted 04-26-2014 04:57 AM

Karen, I have worked for some people who would do that.

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#7 posted 04-26-2014 05:03 AM

Yeah, I’ve at some shops that wanted to build cabinets like that too. That’s where I learned it. lol Kind o’ aggravating places to work at or with.

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#8 posted 04-26-2014 07:04 AM

Make the trim around the opening parallel with the crown. It’s that obvious wedge of blue that shows the discrepancy.

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#9 posted 04-26-2014 07:54 AM

ditto to kaybee

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#10 posted 04-26-2014 12:17 PM

Scribe the ceiling (not the crown) and set the crown up into the trough. It will at least be white on white so as not to be as noticeable and the crown to trim line will be parallel.

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