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mystic_cobra 09-14-2011 03:35 PM

How to handle crown molding transition to kitchen cabinets
We are planning on using crown molding in our dining rm and living rm which are essentially one big room (with the kitchen) now that two walls have been removed. The plan was the put the white crown molding back up in the living room and dining room part and then use the wood colored molding on top of the cabinets that will go all the way to the ceiling in the kitchen. The cabinets are coming from RTA and we plan to use their cabinet trim. That will create two places where the crown transitions from white to wood colored. Both will likely be at corners...likely one inside and one outside corner.

What's the cleanest way to handle this? I have not seen the cabinet wood trim in person. I don't know what the height difference is. We already have enough crown to do the living rm and dining rm. We're putting the same stuff back up that was there before.

TrapperL 09-14-2011 03:56 PM

Inside corner, no big deal. I've used as large as a 4x4 maybe 12" long or shorter that we run a bead somewhere in the middle and an OGee at the bottom to give it some character. Adjust the size block (3x3, 2x2,etc) to the crown size. Nail the block in the corner and run the crown to it. It's a lot simpler than it sounds and looks right. Mark the block with the crown first so the crown butts against solid wood and not in the milling. You can stain or paint the block to match one side.
Outside corner we've always planned never to have the situation. Might want to rethink the way you're going to run it. May consider using wood colored crown throughout.

Ron6519 09-14-2011 04:46 PM

While you can theoretically join two different colors of the same crown molding on an outside corner, you should never join two different sizes or profiles that way. It will look ill conceived.

firehawkmph 09-14-2011 07:01 PM

Hard to say without seeing pics. The only thing I was thinking was to stop each crown just short of the outside corner and return each crown into the wall. Probably be a lot less attention-drawing than some kind of outside corner piece.
Mike Hawkins:)

m1951mm 09-15-2011 10:49 AM

I have seen where you can purchase an outside corner and inside corners premade in the "plastic" type of trim available at the big box stores. What about using those, to which you could butt your existing and or new trim from the kitchen into those pieces. Paint them the color of your painted trim, or do something interesting, gold plate them or get creative?????

mystic_cobra 09-15-2011 02:28 PM

Sounds like terminating the crown at the transition to the kitchen might be the best option like is suggested in this thread. I think I can do that in my layout and have it look good without hitting the cabinet trim. I can terminate the one side (flat wall-no corner) where the island separates the kitchen from the dining room and on the other side there's an outside corner.

mystic_cobra 09-15-2011 02:37 PM

Found another thread discussing the topic...

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