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Joining wall and cabinet crown molding

11 years ago

Boy, is this turning out to be a can of worms!

In our kitchen remodel some of the cabinetry (cherry with a darker stain) will be ceiling height (8') with matching stained crown molding and some will rise only to 7'6" including its crown. All the cabinetry crown will be 3" tall.

We realize the best solution regarding the wall crown would be to use the same crown on the walls as is used on the cabinetry, but for our purposes here let's just go on the assumption that that won't be a viable solution.

Our dilemma regards using white painted 5" wall crown and how to manage the transition between the two crown molding finishes and sizes. Some questions and options we're considering:

(1) "Stopping" the wall crown before it meets the cabinetry crown and the type or style of "stopping" to use. How would this look? Great...acceptable...a last just plain ugly?

(2) Using a corner block and butting each crown into it. How would this look? If used, would you paint the block white or stain it with the same stain used on the cherry, even though the block probably wouldn't be cherry wood?

(3) Should we run the wall crown everywhere the cabinetry doesn't rise to the ceiling? We wonder how the 5" wall crown would look in the 6" space above the 7'6" cabinetry with its own crown. Opinions?

(4) We will also have a wall mounted copper range hood with a curved chimney that rises to the ceiling and has its own 3"-4" copper crown. There are no upper cabinets on either side of the hood. Basically the same question there.

(5) We have read many online posts here and elsewhere (including where professional carpenters discuss this very issue) and solutions and opinions seem to run the gamut, even among the "pros". Some solutions seem way better than others and range from "what should be done" to "what is easiest" to "what is cheapest" to "what looks good" to "what looks bad"...and on and on. For one example, some say using the blocks is a simple but cheap or awkward looking solution. For another example, some say coping the two sizes together (maybe not the right term) is the best, but most time consuming and expensive, solution. We're slowly tending towards using the blocks for three reasons: We don't really know the level of expertise our carpenter has when it comes to installing crown; we don't want to spend much more (we're at our limit now!); and, frankly, we kind of like that look. Having said that, however, we don't want to use the blocks if they are considered a cheap, amateurish solution (some say just that!). Comments?

Pardon the long post and thanks for reading, and thanks for your responses.

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