Cheap & Chunky
I would definitely use those two words to describe myself. I definitely got the cheap thing going. And the chunks…well, those are well hidden under my maternity sweaters. Yes. My baby is almost seven months old and I still wear maternity sweaters. Don’t judge me.
But cheap & chunky are also two words that I would use to describe the new crown molding in our guest bedroom. I use the word “new” loosely…new as in a few months old…since I got distracted with costumes and tablesettings and roadtrips, I have yet to share our older newish crown molding…but I am back on the renovation wagon and ready to tell ya all about it.
Let’s take a look back to see what this room started as:
One brown boring space. The first thing we did was choose the bedding:
and then we repainted:
and then we replaced the twerp of a ceiling fan with a new one that actually sheds some light in this space:
Ok. So you can see that we didn’t bother cutting in around the ceiling. We knew that we wanted to add crown molding in here…especially since it is our largest bedroom (besides the master) and moldings can really help a room look so much nicer. And folks, moldings are like hippos…the chunkier the better.
We went to our local home improvement store and got the standard white crown. We also got a piece of 1.5 inch molding to go around the entire room. It’s not really a chair molding…it does have a flat back though. Also for this project we used caulk, pastel white base paint in semi-gloss, and our brad gun.
And of course, our air compressor. I love this thing. Seriously girls, if you are into home improvement projects or like painting furniture, this thing should be on the very top of your christmas list. It will be your best friend that bakes you cookies. Cookies without calories. That’s how amazing it is.
So the first thing we did was measure the room. And yes, Jeremy was getting tired of holding the tape measure up there while I juggled the camera. I’m a generous wife like that.
And then we cut the boards for two opposite walls. Then we attached the moldings to the wall. We always try to make sure that both edges of the molding are flush before tackin’ the thing up. Doing the first brad in the middle of the window is a sure fire way to hit a stud…and also, when you go to nail it in…aim your gun a little down. You will want to aim up but the angle is really important.
After all four pieces of our moldings were cut and tacked up…we started the caulking.
Now here comes the chunky part. The crown weight gain plan. We could have bought the true moldings…which cost an arm and a leg…and your firstborn…and your stash of skymiles points…it’s a piece that sits under the crown. So instead of selling Will…and more importantly, losing all those miles….we came up with a plan to fake it. Instead of buying a huge piece of wood, we would buy the cheapest flat back piece available and place it an inch or so below the crown. After painting it all, the crown, the space in between and the cheapo piece would appear like a solid piece of crown…thus chunkier.
Oh and here is our favorite way to get the best, straightest, cleanest line when painting trim:
first you apply your tape. We use Frog tape…it’s awesome.
Then we caulk.
Then we paint.
When you peel off the tape, it’s literally like magic. You are gonna smile like you are four and a magician just pulled a live bunny that poops candy out of a hat.
And there we have it – crown installed. CHUNKY crown installed. CHUNKY & CHEAP crown installed.
And no touch-ups required.
And because I am all about giving thanks this month, I wanna shout out to True Value. They supplied our paint, caulk, Frog Tape, and nails. Without them, we probably wouldn’t have done this project. Also, you know how I mentioned we love our air compressor? Well, I wrote a little post about it (and some of our other fav tools) for True Value and if you feel so inclined, you may get a good idea for stuff you wanna add to your DIY Christmas list. No…it’s never too early to start that list folks.
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