How to Add Crown Molding to Kitchen Cabinets

How to Add Crown Molding to Kitchen Cabinets

 Add Crown Molding to Kitchen Cabinets. Crown molding adds an elegant touch to any room and can be installed in a matter of hours. With a few tools and some supplies, you can have new crown molding installed in your kitchen without leaving a mess or having to hire a contractor. You may have been sitting on this idea for years and it’s time to finally make the change. Here are the steps to install crown molding in your kitchen.

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What is Crown Molding?

Crown molding is an elegant detail that can be added to the top of your kitchen cabinets. It is typically made of wood or plastic and has a crisp edge. Crown molding is installed around your ceiling to add architectural style, depth, and definition to any room.

How do I Measure and Cut the Pieces of Crown Molding?

Before you purchase any materials, measure the space you want to cover with crown molding. Don’t forget to measure the height and width. Then, using a straight edge, mark where you will cut your molding and make sure it is smooth.

It might be tempting to just go ahead and cut the molding without measuring but this can lead to crooked lines and an uneven installation.  Once you have everything measured out, use a sharp saw or utility knife to cut the pieces of crown molding. Be sure not to waste any pieces as they will all be needed for installation.

Installing the Crown Molding

1. Measure the area you want to cover with crown molding to find out how much molding you will need.

2. Cut the depth of your crown molding pieces in half and paint them with primer and paint that matches the room’s color.

3. Install the crown molding by nailing it into place on top of the existing trim or onto a new, thin piece of wood for support.

4. Paint over any bare nails with matching gloss paint to finish your project!

Who Needs this in their Kitchen?

Do you have any kitchen cabinets that are looking a little outdated? Are your doors and drawers falling off their hinges? Your kitchen may not be in need of a total renovation. With some crown molding, your cabinets will look like they’ve been redone! You can do it yourself or hire a professional to help.

Here are the steps to install crown molding in your kitchen:

-Purchase crown molding to fit around the top of all cabinets and shelving in your kitchen.

-Measure the distance between each cabinet on both sides with a tape measure. Allow for an inch extra on each side for fitting purposes.

-Use wood glue and nails to attach the boards together, making sure they are lined up evenly. Use clamps or C-clamps to hold the boards firmly while they dry overnight. This will ensure they stay together while you install them in place tomorrow.

-Place painter’s tape over trim lines you have drawn on the wall where you want your crown molding edge to fall as well as around any electrical outlets or other obstructions in your way.

-Nail up the first board following your marks and repeat until all boards are installed securely.

Tools and Supplies you will Need

The tools and supplies you will need are as follows:

A spirit level

A cordless drill with a keyless chuck, or a drill and driver bit set

Crown molding – either pre-primed or pre-painted. You’ll want to plan the installation so it is either at eye level or on a wall that is around seven feet tall.

Step 1: Measure your distance.

Measure the height of your ceiling, then measure the distance from the top of your cabinets to where you want to install crown molding. Add an extra inch for space along the wall. This will be how long your crown molding should be cut.

Step 2: Plan where to cut.

You’ll need to cut the crown molding for two sections, one for below cabinets and one for above cabinets. For example, if you have four feet of clearance between cabinets, then you’ll need to cut two pieces of crown molding that are three feet long each. The first piece should span from where you want the bottom of your crown molding to be (usually at eye level) and up over your cabinet tops where it will meet with another piece installed on top of your cabinet tops (see picture). The second piece should span from underneath your cabinets down over the cabinet tops and finally meet with the first piece at eye level (see picture). 

How to Remove Old Crown Molding

Before installing any new crown molding, you have to remove the old. This means removing all of the old crown moldings in your kitchen and scraping up any glue or residue left behind. If there are pieces that are loose, you can use a pry bar to pull them off the wall and then scrape up the glue or residue. Be careful not to damage anything else in the process, like windows or cabinet doors. You also want to be very careful around corners because it’s easy for things to get caught on them and cause damage. Once all of the old moldings are removed and scraped up, you’ll need to prime and paint any bare walls with a primer before applying new paint.

Where do I Start?

1. Measure the height and width of your cabinet openings.

2. Purchase sheet goods for your crown molding as well as finishing nails, a hammer, and wood glue.

3. Cut the sheet goods to size by cutting 1/4″ off of each side with a miter saw.

4. Place the cut pieces side-by-side so you have one continuous piece that is slightly more than the measurement you took in step 1 (to account for shrinkage).

5. Glue both ends of the three sides together with wood glue and nail pieces around it to keep it together securely

6. Pre-drill two holes at either end of the crown molding on an angle or use a nail gun

7. Apply wood glue to the surface of where you want to install the crown molding and attach it to your cabinets with finishing nails

8. Wood glue any gaps that may occur and scrape off any excess with a putty knife

9. Sand down any rough edges or surfaces to make them smooth

When Should you use Crown Molding and when not?

Crown molding is a popular design element that can be added to any room in the house and will add an elegant touch to any space. In kitchens, crown molding is often installed along the bottom of cabinets, either as a single piece or as a row. Crown molding not only gives your kitchen a more elegant feel but also creates visual interest with architectural detail and depth. If you want to give your kitchen an update without changing the look of your existing cabinetry, adding crown molding could be just what you need.

Why has it Been Installed in your Kitchen?

Crown molding is a simple way to make your walls look more elegant, which is exactly what you need in your kitchen. Your kitchen is the central hub of your home. It’s where you prepare and eat meals, entertain guests, do homework with family, and it needs to feel comfortable. With new crown molding installed in your kitchen, it will feel like a space that people are proud of.

How to Add Crown Molding to Kitchen Cabinets

Adding crown molding to your kitchen cabinets is a great way to update the room for very little cost. If you’re tired of looking at the same old wood cabinetry, this might be just what you need.

To install crown molding on kitchen cabinets:

-Remove cabinet doors and drawers from each cabinet

-Attach crown molding (pre-cut)

-Fill nail holes with putty or caulk

-Install new hardware


Adding crown molding to your kitchen cabinets can add an elegant touch to your kitchen. With a little bit of time and effort, you will be able to enjoy the benefits of this addition.

However, if you are looking for a quick and easy fix, it is best to hire a professional to do the job.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your local handyman.