The Crown Molding Project & a Backyard Deck


I’m popping in a day late after a very hectic few days at my shops (thanks to the YHL feature!)

I’m going to make this brief, as I don’t want to relive it any longer than I have to.

After painting our master bath (way back when), we decided to install crown molding, partly because we thought it would look nice, and partly because we were too lazy to cut smooth edges and had to cover it somehow.

I picked up some nice chunky crown molding and was all gung ho to get this show on the road, when Brad had to remind me (once again) that our little miter saw wasn’t big enough to make the cuts.

So after weeks of putting it off, I met a new blogger friend named Dennis, who kindly offered to stop by with his saw and help us finish this project.

I figured between the three of us, we could slap those babies up and be done in under 20 minutes. Then Dennis pointed out that crown molding is not like the flat molding/trim that you use for baseboard or board/batten projects… oh, no, it’s an entirely different beast. It sits on both the ceiling and the wall, at an angle.

Suddenly this project went from simple 45′ miter cuts to angles and miters in fractions and you have to turn it sideways and upside down and then backwards and inside out… WTF. It was even more confusing than that sentence. I watched every youtube tutorial I could find and they all had something different to say.

Finally, after about an hour, we had our first board up. We thought we were golden.

But then the next piece we cut did not fit. So we did about 200 more test cuts in every way possible, before realizing there was something wrong with the first board.

Here I am, trying to visualize the cut angle with my hand

Finally.. after over 2 hours… we had the first piece back in correctly, and we somehow managed to figure out the rest from there (after making every wrong cut before we got the right angle on each board).

And this was just a tiny bathroom with 90′ walls! I can’t believe people actually do this for a living.

Anyway, here’s how it looked when we were done. Not perfect… but as good as it was going to get for us. It doesn’t help that our walls are not straight.

We installed it in both the vanity area and shower room.

We had to get creative when it came to ending it at the shower

Next came patching and sanding…

Then taping it all off and painting… (pretend there’s a picture of this step here)

Finally, caulking it in to hide all of our gaps… caulk is magical.

And now we have shiny new molding!

The last and final element to this bathroom is framing my mirrors. This is another project I’m terrified of. If I make one wrong cut… it’s all over.

Dennis cut some wood pieces for me with a notch in them so I can affix them to my mirrors. I stained them and they are all ready to go..

I’m going to try to force myself to do it tomorrow. We’ll see how this goes…

On another note, we’re in a serious drought here and the backyard lake water level is at an all time low. Brad therefore decided it was the perfect time to build us a little deck over the water.

Here he is setting the post
s with neighbor Joe a few nights ago:

In the summer, the lake will fill up to about halfway up the bulkhead.

And here’s the status as of a couple hours ago:

He’s out there working on a few finishing touches right now, like rope LED lighting:

There was one big issue that had to be taken care of though.

It’s the evil serpent plant from hell blocking our deck entrance. Seriously, it will kill your animals. This is what the plant removal guy said when he was over here giving us a quote earlier today. He said this plant will squirt deadly acid at you and stab you with its claws, so he wouldn’t remove it for any less than $225.

Brad decided that was too much to pay, so he and the neighbors wrapped the thing in rope and luckily managed to uproot it without a fight. And now we are free of evil plants!

For around $500, we have a new deck to relax on… sip wine, watch the sunset and feed the pond animals…

Or not… haha.

When Brad was shopping for the decking supplies, I grabbed something of my own for my next project:

Any guesses as to what this could be for?

Here’s a hint:

That’s coming up soon! Along with hopefully the final master bath shots… and another scrap lumber project I’ve been working on.

Happy Weekend!


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10 thoughts on “The Crown Molding Project & a Backyard Deck

  1. Well I'm guessing that's for a headboard. And I think the crown came out great! Almost looks like we knew what we were doing. Well maybe not from that pic of us standing there staring at the molding in hopes that it would cut itself, but after you patched it in, you could never tell. And ill be more than happy to come over to help with the frame too

  2. Oh, and just to he clear, I only offered to come make a frame, I never said anything about crown molding. But after you softened me up with some delicious chicken, how was I to say no. 🙂

  3. I was a little scared to see the finished crown molding but whoa it's grrreat! Why should I be nervous? Your DIY projects always turn out perfectly! As for the deck, I'm jealous. It looks so peaceful. Can't wait to see the headboard!

  4. Crown molding is a b!tch! I heard just about every curse word under the sun when FI and his dad were cutting them for our basement. It took them forever and lots of trials and errors. Your new deck looks awesome! I can envision summer evenings out on the deck with a glass of wine. Lucky!

  5. Found your blog through YHL. I took a tour of your Calif.home & your present one. You have a good sense of style & I like your way of writing too. LOVE the coffee table/trunk you DIYed. Perfection! I also like all the turquoise accents. Keep up the good work & inspiration. I'm a Florida girl too. I definitely will be checking out your blog regularly. Sherri

  6. We had the same problems with crown molding….we did out tiny master bedroom, a perfect square. I thought this would be easy but no. It took an entire day to figure out how to cut a corner! Great Job!

  7. Wow, you guys are busy! I love the deck, and the molding looks awesome. I think it always makes a room look more finished and put together. As for the mirror, no worries! So simple– a diagonal (no idea what degree it really is) cut on each end of the sides, and you're good! We framed a mirror and had no problems with cuts and degrees, etc. Ours is here: http://theskinnerhouse.blogspot.com/2011/10/framing-mirror.html

    Btw, love your new kitchen & bathroom!

  8. I'm just browsing through your blog for the first time and I LOVE IT and your style. I have a question on your couch from IKEA. What color is the fabric? I love all the work that you have done on your home and think the color choices is perfect for a Florida home. Great job!

  9. I love the little deck. I think that decks can really do a lot for the value of your home as well as just the beauty of the area. Great work, and nice pictures.

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