And by “Crown” I mean “Molding”. As in the “crowning achievement” of our Guest Bedroom. And here is a question for the ages – is it molding or moulding? I think it depends upon who you ask, but I’d just like to say that here at Tell’er All About It, we swing both ways. Just kidding! Actually, I did hear something interesting not too long ago – did you know the reason most molding/moulding is traditionally painted white? Because it was traditionally made with plaster and plaster was always white back in the day. And in order to create it, you had to use a mold, hence, “molding”! Learn something new every day, don’tcha?
The Guest Room continues its process of beautification! We started by painting the room, then we installed beadboard along the accent wall, and now we’re onto molding and baseboards! We’ve definitely tackled our fair share of baseboards in this house and the Guest Room was not free of the baseboard replacement spirit! This will mark the fourth time we have tackled a Baseboard project. The first was in our Office, second was in the kitchen when we hung beadboard the last time, and third was in our family room/front entryway. So when we went to tackle the baseboard project we had a pretty good idea of what we were doing. Couple that with the fact that Justin now has a Compound Miter Saw suited to cut baseboards and molding and we felt pretty confident in what we were doing!
…we’ve never hung Crown Molding before…and after our misadventures this past weekend, we almost completely swore off ever attempting the project again (but just almost….)! It’s realtively counterintuitive to what you would expect and even all of the experts profess that it certainly *is* counterintuitive and many websites we researched actually recommended buying much more crown than you actually need simply so you could mess around, make mistakes, and play with the wood. We didn’t suspect it would be so….downright odd, but I’m happy to report that we prevailed in the end….sort of ;-).
So what makes Crown such a stinker? First, crown hangs at a 45 or 38 degree angle (yes, I said 38!) to the wall, so when you cut the crown, you need to not only cut a MITER, but also a BEVEL. Essentially, you’re not working on simply an X and Y axis, but also a Z axis if you remember your trig classes from high school. So what does it all mean? A great big learning experience for L-blogger and Dr. J here at Tell’er All About It! Fortunately, we were able to get the crown completely hung and we were able to fudge any mistakes with a whole lot of caulk, paint, and sanding and we think it came out better than all right. But, seriously….You Tell’Us! How did we do?