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Old 04-21-2013, 08:22 PM   #1
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Adding Crown Molding on Kitchen Cabinets


Hello all,

If I posted this in the wrong section, please let me know.

I am interested in installing crown molding on kitchen cabinets. I have been researching and it seems like some folks take a much more involved approach and others just nail molding right to the cabinet front.

Do you suggest building a backer frame on top of the cabinet to nail the molding to? Or suggest just nailing to the cabinet front?

Any step by step guides or how-tos you can share?

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Old 04-22-2013, 05:23 AM   #2
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How you install the crown has a lot to do with the cabinets themselves---

If there is enough wood above the doors to nail into and give you a proper reveal--then no blocking or nailer is needed---

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Like Mike said. Depends on how much of the faceframe is showing above the doors. When you see people adding wood on top for backing, it is usually with cabinets that have either 3/4 or full overlay doors. If you have standard overlay doors, you should have about 1" of the ff showing above the door. That it fine to attach the crown to. 18 gauge brad nailer works fine. I glue the miter joints and pin with a 23 gauge micropinner.
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Thanks for the feedback guys. I will take a closer look at the cabinets themselves and determine the best plan.

The doors are not flush with the top, so there should be enough room to nail to the face.
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If you need to add a nailing block to the top----use screws from inside the top of the cabinet---

Small trim screws don't show much, if you don't want to see the screws----
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I used a cornice top on my upper cabinets, but the principle is the same. As Mike said, I added what I call a nailer (they're just scraps - the little piece is only glued in, but the longer one is screwed) to the tops of my oak cabinets by screwing up through the top of the cabinet face. I filled the holes with caulking - white for the white cabinet and tan for the oak. This allowed me to position the cornice trim so that the faux fillet piece fell centered on the seam between cabinet and nailer.

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Jim - great job looks elegant and not to busy.

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