What is Crown Molding?

Crown molding, a decorative trim that gracefully flares out, is typically applied along the seams where ceiling meets wall. It can also be used for capping pilasters and cabinets as well as for the creation of interior and exterior door and window cornice assemblies.

Tips for Painting Crown Molding

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The ancient Greeks used molding in buildings to visually divide spaces into smaller units. Their designs were based on classical shapes, but the Romans simplified them, both still being used today for interior and exterior ornamentation.

Crown molding can be made of a number of materials, each with its own function:

  • Plaster

Best for: A grand interior, typically with plaster walls and a budget to match its high style.

  • Solid Wood

Best for: Most installations.

  • MDF

Best for: Rooms where trim is painted.

  • PVC

Best for: Bathrooms, exteriors, or anywhere moisture is a concern
and a simple profile is appropriate.

  • Flex

Best for: Curved walls and window bays.

  • Polystyrene

Best for: A quick room dress-up, sans power tools.

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Crown Molding Prep Work

The prep work before you start painting any crown molding is like any other job: essential. You need to fill nail holes and gaps first, followed by taping off above and below the trim.

Whether to use spackling as opposed to caulk is explained in this video. Here are some tips for finishing crown molding:

You can choose to stain crown molding for a natural wood effect. In that case, it is best to do the staining before you cut the trim. Whether you paint or stain, one of the best attributes of crown molding is that you can hide minor imperfections where the walls meet the ceiling and the floor.

Cost of Painting Crown Molding

Adding trim molding is a great way enhance the value of a room for a relatively small cost, and painting the crown molding puts the finishing touch on a room. You can choose a contrasting color or blend in the same color as your walls and ceiling, but either way, the job can be completed on your own or with the help of a Denver painter.

If you choose to do it yourself, it’s always less expensive; however, time is a factor for many. If you decide to hire a professional, here are some guidelines for the price:

Professional painting/staining services for crown moulding cost an average of $30 per hour, and professionals can typically paint 50 linear feet per hour. A 1-gallon can of paint or stain covers an average of 1000 linear feet of crown moulding. One gallon of paint costs $30-$70, while stain costs $30-$60.

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To have crown molding installed is more expensive than the finishing work, coming in at an average cost per hour of $70. For example, an average living room of 16’ x 20’ averages $900, and this is mostly due to the intricate cuts needed to make the corners fit properly.