Our nursery project is coming together very nicely. Most of the painting is finished, and we’re moving on to the molding phase.
I would love to install both crown molding and chair rail in our daughter-to-be’s room. We have installed both types of molding ourselves, so we know that it won’t be much of a problem – except for the two pesky angled ceilings in her room!
I’ve researched the dilemma online a few times, and it seems that most home purists think that crown on an angled ceiling is a big no-no. However, if you’ve been around here long enough, you know that I’m never one to listen to how it “ought” to be done over how I “want” to do it. Just ask Tom – it’s one of the things that makes living with Lindsay so fun!
From what we can tell, we have three options for crown molding:
1. Don’t install any crown at all as to avoid the problem – but where’s the beauty in that?
2. Only install crown on the two walls that have flat ceilings. We would have to run the molding straight into the angled ceiling’s wall, as was done below.
3. We could build-up the crown a bit to install a flat tray-type piece of wood on top of it, so there would be something to nail the crown to on the top of the ceiling. You wouldn’t be able to see the flat piece of wood, but it would ensure that there was some stability in the crown. I’ll be honest that I don’t really understand the engineering in this (I probably will once I see it come together), but Tom tells me this is how we’ll have to do it to prevent it from sagging. He has a bad habit of over-engineering things, but I’d rather it be over-engineered than the molding fall down on top of my sleeping baby!
It seems more and more likely that we’ll attempt #3, and if it doesn’t work out, we’ll fall back on #2. I consulted with my friends at One Project Closer, and they suggested that Tom just get out his protractor and start measuring angles. I love those guys! I’m sure Tom does have a protractor somewhere out in the garage.
Have you ever run into a similar situation in your home? What was your solution?