Installing crown molding is a way to give any room in your home a classy and elegant touch. While it is often quite expensive and can require a lot of time to install, there are a variety of alternative ways to recreate the look of crown molding which can be cheaper, faster to install, and require very little supplies.
Peel and Stick Crown Molding
An affordable alternative is peel and stick crown molding. Instead of wood, it is made of thin plastic that is flexible, durable and can be cut with scissors. Installation is quick and easy--no hammer or nails are required as it adheres to the wall by an adhesive strip located on the back of it. Peel and stick crown molding is available in a variety of different sizes and styles and can be purchased online.
Medium-Density Fiberboard Molding
Medium-density fiberboard (MDF) is another popular alternative to the traditional wooden crown molding. It is installed very much the same way as real crown moulding, but is cheaper and more light weight. MDF crown molding is also very customizable, as it can be stained or painted to the color you desire. It also comes in a variety of styles and designs to match your decor. MDF crown molding is available online and at most home hardware stores.
The look of high-end crown molding can be mimicked using picture molding, which is thin, wooden molding usually used to divide a wall in half when doing a two-toned paint look, and is relatively cheaper than crown molding. To create the illusion of crown molding, paint the picture molding white and then secure along the top of walls--parallel with the ceiling--using small nails. About 2 or 3 inches below this, secure another strip of picture molding along the walls and then paint the space between the two strips white. Picture molding is available at home hardware stores.