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LanterDan 07-13-2006 12:30 PM

crown molding-wavy walls/ceiling
I am trying to install some crown molding in an old house with *very* wavy walls and ceilings. I am not able to get the molding to follow the curves in both the walls and ceiling. I was thinking that I would probably try to follow that wall as close as I could and while only hitting the low spots on the ceiling, thinking the gaps between the molding and ceiling would be less visible that those between the ceiling and the wall. Is there any accepted practice, or a trick I donít know? Short of steaming the molding, I donít know what else to do.

AtlanticWBConst. 07-13-2006 02:32 PM

Are you going to paint the molding or stain it?

LanterDan 07-13-2006 02:56 PM

stain. A big chunk of it is going across a recessed china cabinet that is stained, so I think it kind of has to match.

Teetorbilt 07-13-2006 08:38 PM

I take it that you are not using a cleat?

LanterDan 07-16-2006 12:39 AM

Sorry for the delay. Right now I’m just trying to test fit the piece; I haven’t yet thought about how the attach it. I don’t usually use a cleat, but I could. I still don’t think it solve the problem that if I force the molding the take the shape I want it to I’m pretty sure it will break. It’s a relatively thin pine molding, about 1.5” or so, and was flexible enough to deal with the waves in the rest of the house, but now I’m in an alcove type area that is much worse than the rest of the house.

boman47k 08-29-2006 07:32 PM

wavy walls
I have to wonder if part of the ceiling and wall can be skimmed to take some of the wave out.

boman47k 08-29-2006 07:34 PM

wavy walls
Hope this is not a double post. I wonder if thie wall and ceiling can be skimmed to remove some of the wavy areas.

yoz 09-15-2006 06:10 PM

You need to find out why the ceiling is wavy.. Is there a sag in the dry wall, maybe you can put up some blocking and "lift" the dry wall. If the ceiling is on sliighly wave i have use dry wall counpound to fill in some of the voids.

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