polystyrene crown moldings
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Polystyrene

Best for: A quick room dress-up, sans power tools.

Pros: Perfect for the budget-minded and less-than-skilled installer, this light-as-air foam material can be cut with scissors or a knife and goes up with construction adhesive.

Cons: Plaster this isn't. The closer you get, the more you see its takeout-coffee-cup texture and less-than-crisp edges.

From left: (1) Popcorn-finish foam, about $1; Simple Crown
(2) Creative Crown's smooth-face dentil foam, about $2,
(3) Curving cove and ogee, about $1, and
(4) Solid corner crown, about $1; all through Foam Crown Molding
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