Crown Molding for Kitchen Cabinets
A classically detailed frieze joins the cabinets to the ceiling
What do you do with the space above the cabinets when a kitchen ceiling is 10 ft. tall? You can leave the space open as display space, you can add a set of short cabinets with glass doors, or you can do what trim carpenter Gary Striegler describes in this article: add a decorative frieze. This solution looks great, requires little cleaning, and is inexpensive. Striegler began the process demonstrated here by nailing a cleat to the ceiling that was flush with the face of the cabinets, then fastening the frieze board to the cleat and to the cabinets. The next step was to mark the crown’s location, followed by cutting and installing the crown. Striegler finds it easier to join a short section of crown to a longer section on a bench, rather than in place, and then to install the two sections as a unit. With the crown in place, Striegler chose bolection molding to install below the frieze board. The final step was to fasten panel molding about two-thirds of the way between the bolection and the crown. In a sidebar, Striegler shares a pro tip: gluing a 2x nailer for the crown when the ceiling joists aren’t perpendicular to the crown. In a second sidebar, he explains how to cut crown miters on the flat for both outside and inside corners.