The holidays are just around the corner, and you have your work cut out for you. Preparing ahead of time can make the work so much easier, and that includes sprucing up your kitchen cabinets for the holidays with crown molding.
You might be thinking that is more additional work than you want at this time. However, adding crown molding to your kitchen cabinets can drastically change the way your kitchen looks. It can make it holiday ready at very little cost.
What is it?
Crown molding is a type of decorative trim used around the home. There are many types of trims, but crown molding is specific for use for the junction of a wall and ceiling. The design covers that junction at a 90-degree angle, originally to cover up any defects in the workmanship. Today, homeowners use crown molding to enhance kitchen design rather than to hide shoddy work. You will often find crown modeling around kitchen cabinets as a decorative feature.
Should you add it to your kitchen cabinets?
Crown molding is more of a decorative rather than functional feature. However, it can come in handy if you have a small gap between the ceiling the top of kitchen cabinets, which can gather dust over time. Placing crown molding in these areas can make it easier for you to clean your kitchen. You can also use hollow crown molding to camouflage all types of wires and accentuate any rope lighting you might have running along the top of your kitchen cabinets. Aside from that, there are several reasons to add crown molding to your kitchen cabinets.
You can find many types of crown molding from your local cabinet supplier. They cater to different styles and personalities, so you can choose the crown molding that best suits your personal preferences. You might even use a combination of molding styles to soften and sharpen areas in the where appropriate, and provide some balance to the overall décor. Crown molding also makes for a visually pleasing effect when used at the junction of the wall or cabinet and the ceiling.
Crown molding can add more than just eye candy for your kitchen. It can make your kitchen more attractive and cohesive, thus adding value to your home. If you have a great design and reliable installer, your crown molding can create the illusion of height for the room. Because crown molding comes in a wide range of materials and prices, you are certain to make back at least the money you put into them in terms of additional value perception to your home.
How do you choose?
There are no hard and fast rules when choosing crown molding. You have to tap your creativity to choose the ones that will fit your personal style and the existing look of your kitchen. If you are adding crown molding as part of kitchen remodeling, you can consult with the designer about what types of crown molding would best go with your style of kitchen cabinets. Here are some suggestions.
- Polyurethane molding for curved areas, as they are flexible enough to install along the curve
- Aluminum or tin molding to replicate the tin ceiling found in older homes
- Composite wood in lieu of solid wood for crown molding if you have a tight budget
- Corner blocks that match the crown molding you chose to go around corners for added style
- Crown molding to cover the front and sides of a plain wood shelf to make it look more expensive
How do you install it?
Crown molding is relatively easy to install if you are feeling some DIY fever. You need the following to do that:
- Caulking gun
- Chalk line
- Coping saw
- Crown molding
- Finishing nails
- Measuring tape
- Miter saw
- Nail gun
- Paintable caulk
You need to take precise measurements to ensure you have enough molding. You also have to cut with a steady hand so that all the pieces fit seamlessly. A millimeter off can make all the difference. You will probably need someone to help you hold up the molding as you nail it in place as well and make sure it is level all the way when you do.
If you find that a bit daunting, then you might want to consider having a professional install them for you. The precision of the workmanship alone can add some value to your kitchen and home, so it will be worth the labor costs. They are sure to add just the right note of elegance to make your holiday celebrations a hit.
Sprucing up your kitchen cabinets for the holidays with crown molding might seem like an odd idea, but you will surprised at how great it will make your kitchen look. It is an easy and cost-effective upgrade to your home.
If this has convinced you to take the plunge, or if you are thinking of putting in new cabinets as part of kitchen remodeling, consult with a cabinet specialist in your area to select the crown moldings you need for your home. Cabinets City is your best bet in Chicago, Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Hoffman Estate, Elk Grove Village, and surrounding areas. Visit our showroom in Mt. Prospect, Illinois to see what we have to offer.
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