Modern crown molding can be traced to the late Renaissance, when designers adapted elements of Greek and Roman architecture to ornamental plaster and wood cornices used to disguise and beautify the juncture of ceiling and wall. The molding used can be simple stock, like the single-piece crown installed here by This Old House
general contractor Tom Silva, or elaborate pieces built up from separate lengths of various profiles.
Installing crown is only slightly more complicated than running baseboard. With our help, you should be able to make tight, long-lasting joints.
For full step-by-step instructions, shopping list, and tools list, see How to Put in Crown Molding