Paint Crown Molding Before or After Installation?
Thanks for all the great advice!
Another couple of stupid questions:
Is it necessary to use blocking or can you just nail the molding directly to the studs? Without the blocking, does nailing to the wall studs at the bottom of the molding, then to the ceiling studs at the top create any issues from the joists and the studs expanding and contracting separately over time?
Also, I'll be installing crown molding on new kitchen cabinets, the molding will butt against the ceiling, same question for the cabinet molding as above. I have straight 1x2s attached to the top of the cabinets but not 45 degree face on the front side of the blocking, so I'd be nailing the bottom of the molding to the blocking on the top of the cabinets and nailing the top of the molding into the ceiling joists; or, do I need to add additional blocking to the face of the 1x2s to build a 45 degree face on the blocking to follow the back of the crown molding?
I'm guessing I should cope the kitchen cabinet crown molding as well? (I have a corner cabinet with the face of the cabinet at a 45 degree angle to it's adjacent cabinet faces)
Also, I'm doing all the work by myself (as in one man, one pair of hands). I plan to put a temporary finishing nail at the ends of the wall, hang a loop of string loosely to it, and slip the ends of the crown molding in the loop to be my second pair of hands while working alone—comments about this technique or better ideas are much appreciated.
Any tips for measuring the walls for one person? This may sound stupid, but I'm planning on cutting a long strip of brown paper from a roll (trimmed to a manageable width) to measure with, hoping that because it is light but not super thin, I can tape one end of the paper strip to one end of the wall and pull it relatively tight (assuming brown paper won't stretch) and mark the paper at the other end of the wall. Then use the paper as a template to mark the cut on the molding. I'm considering this because I'm not sure I can find a way to get one end of a tape measure securely attached to the end of the wall I'm not holding, or be attached securely enough to pull the metal measuring tape taught enough to get an accurate measure without detaching it from the wall opposite the one I'm measuring to. Any tips better than what I'm planning with the paper template would be much appreciated (unless you think that will work).
Last edited by gmhut; 05-14-2009 at 09:07 AM.