How to Cut Crown Molding Like a Pro

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If you're looking to add some extra character to your home, there'e no better way to do so than trimming your walls in crown molding. Named for its situation at the top of the wall (where it meets the ceiling), crown molding is a tried-and-true detail to interior design. Even better, you can also use it to hide unsightly things like seams, hanging wires, or pipes.While the traditional detailing was done in hand-carved wood, today's crown molding comes in a variety of different materials, from wood to plastic to MDF. The possibilities are endless with how you can transform a room with the use of crown molding—but before you get started, the basics: You're going to need to cut it down to size. Read on for the best way to cut your crown molding; it's the first step in adding the icing on the cake of your interior.

Materials:

How to cut crown molding:

  1. Label the top (ceiling) and bottom (wall) pieces of your crown molding so you know which direction to cut.

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2. Begin by making your right-side cut for the inside corner molding: With your miter saw off, move the blade to the left at 45-degree angle. Turn on the saw and cut.

3. To make your left-side cut for the inside corner molding, move your blade to the right at a 45-degree angle, turn on the blade, and cut.

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3. To make your right-side cut for outside corner molding, move your blade to the right and cut in a downward motion.

9. For the left-side cut for outside corner molding, move your blade to the left and again make a steady downward motion.

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Photo credit: House Beautiful

10. Match the seams of the boards up to make sure they align flush.

Now, you're ready to install!

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