A couple of days ago I shared the start of my master bedroom redo, the painting of the ceiling with Benjamin Moore White Dove in Pearl, and now we’ll move onto painting the master bedroom walls and installing crown molding.
After the ceiling, I painted all of the trim in the whole room using Benjamin Moore White Dove Advance (the same gallon I used in my bathroom redo to paint the trim and vanity).
Before I could paint the walls I had to fix a few spots where the paint was puckered and loose.
I scraped off the old paint, then I spackled and sanded and painted the walls, Benjamin Moore Hazy Skies Regal in eggshell finish.
After the walls were done, we started the crown.
How to Install Crown Molding
It was our first time installing crown molding and the first try was a big fail.
We couldn’t get the first two pieces lined up (maybe it was because the hubs was trying to put 2 different pieces of molding together, gah).
Once he figured out what the problem was, the second day (second attempt) was much better. It all went up pretty quickly, in about 2 hours.
To start the process we used a scrap piece of wood cut to size to mark the wall where the bottom of the crown molding would sit. We marked the walls every two feet with a pencil around the whole room so that each piece would line up once it’s on the wall. After making our cuts outside on the chop saw, we put up the molding.
We did end up buying a nail gun, to use with our compressor, to make the job quicker and easier.
Here is a side view of the molding when it is up. You can also see the pencil marks where the bottom of the molding needed to sit. Perfect fit!
After the molding was installed, we went around to all of the nails that were sticking out and used a nail set to tap the heads in. Then it was time to caulk all of the joints and to use wood putty on the nail holes.
We used wood putty to fill the nail holes. We’ve learned over the years that caulk and spackle can rust the head of the nail, which can cause a spot on your finished paint. Not a good look, and it adds more work to fix it.
Once the putty was dry, Roger sanded it. He said that it was the worst part of the whole job.
With the molding sanded and caulked, I got to work painting it. I used the BM White Dove that we used on all of the other trim in the room.
And that’s it. It wasn’t a necessarily hard job but it did take some time to do. I’m so glad we did it though because I think it makes the room look more finished.
Next up is the reveal of the finished room and what we ended up spending for supplies.
Have you put up crown molding? What do you think is the worst part of the process?