DIY: Installing Crown Molding on Top of Kitchen Cabinets


Crown molding can add a new design to old kitchen cabinets. You can install crown molding on cabinets that stretch to the ceiling or those that do not. Many types of crown molding are available from local hardware stores. Prior to installing molding, you will need to measure and plan for the molding. You should also inspect the cabinets to ensure the cabinet portion where you will install the molding is sufficient to hold glue or nails. This ensures your project will not be a failure before you even start.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Finish nails
  • Hammer
  • Miter saw
  • Measure the length of the first cabinet space. Transfer this measurement to the crown molding piece.

  • Determine the angle of the corner for the first piece of molding. If it is an outside corner, measure the angle by placing two scrap pieces of wood on the cabinet and marking the angle with a pencil.

  • Test the cut angle by cutting the scrap pieces of wood. Place them back against the cabinet and ensure the angle fits. Transfer the angle measurements to the piece of crown molding.

  • Cut the crown molding with a miter saw along the marks. Dry fit the crown molding to the kitchen cabinet. If the molding pieces fit squarely and no spaces exist, tack the molding into place with finish nails and a hammer.

  • Work your way around the cabinets following Steps 1 through 4. Be sure to measure and cut each individual piece of crown molding carefully to avoid problems with attaching the molding to the cabinets.

Tips & Warnings

  • Installing corner pieces can add a special look to your crown molding project and help you avoid making numbers angle cuts.
  • Always practice difficult angle cuts on scrap wood to avoid wasting valuable crown molding materials.


  • "The Big Book of Home How-To"; Better Homes and Gardens; 2003
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