Crown Installation Question
I’m scheduled to install stained crown in a 10 year old house with textured ceilings. I have never had to deal with a textured ceiling before, and would appreciate any suggestions about the best way to remove with this annoying “feature” and get a flat surface to work with. Thanks for your time!
Edited 12/2/2006 11:03 am ET by etemte
depends on the coarseness of the texture.
for a heavier (cottage cheese or popcorn) texture, I first figure out the setback of the crown being installed, say 2 1/2"...I then either cut a block of wood the same as the setback with a sharp bevel on it, usually 45*. I then use the new "scraper block" to go along the wall and ceiling and carve out a channel where the crown will set.
I've also snapped lines with the proper setback and scraped it off with a putty knife. This can be a pain due to crooked or bowed top plates. Just be careful to not get too carried away...patching in the "popcorn" is a pain..not difficult, but a pain nonetheless
If the texture is being difficult, you can lightly spray it with a mist-style water bottle. A little goes a long way.
If the texture is not to much (say an orange peel or knock down style), I just install the trim (pre-stained and poly) and caulk the joint along the ceiling with painters caulk.
Good luck and congrats on the choice...a little detail like crown molding can really make a room.
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