Tom Silva gives a reality check for ambitious crown molding installation
We’d like to add crown molding to some rooms in our house, but the ceilings are on two intersecting planes: One ceiling is parallel to the floor and the other follows the pitch of the roof. After lots of head-scratching, I have no clue how to proceed. What do you suggest?
—Jay Swindle, North Richland Hills, TX
Crown molding is meant to be installed on ceilings that are parallel to the floor. When a neighboring ceiling slopes down, as yours does, the end cuts are very tricky to pull off and take lots of time.
But there’s another, bigger problem: how it will look. Not only will the joints be at odd angles where the ceilings meet, the crown just isn’t going to look good as it zigzags around the room. Better to leave it the way it is.