How to Install Crown Molding On Kitchen Cabinets

How to Install Crown Molding On Kitchen Cabinets?

Updating kitchen cabinets can enhance the ambiance of your kitchen. If you aim to add sophistication and charm to your cabinets, install trim crown molding. You can select one of your choices from various designs and sizes available in the market. You can also mix and match different crown molds to give a modern look to your kitchen. Moreover, the designs might vary from traditional crowning, edge molding, bottom molding, shoe molding, stepped crown, and light molding, to applied molding. Here we will discuss how to install crown molding on kitchen cabinets.

Types of Crown Molding for Kitchen Cabinets:

There are 7 basic types of crown moldings for kitchen cabinets, including:

  • Solid Wood
  • Flex
  • MDF
  • Plaster
  • Polystyrene
  • PVC
  • Polyurethane

Installing Crown Molding On Kitchen Cabinets:

Installing crown molding on kitchen cabinets requires a little skill, but it is not rocket science. You would need the following things to install crown molding on the kitchen cabinet:

  • Molding
  • Nail Gun
  • Wood glue
  • Miter Saw
  • Safety Glasses
  • Pencil
  • Painter’s Tape

Step-by-Step Guide to Install Crown Molding:

SkillCostEstimated Time
  ООООО Moderate In using the miter saw      $100-$200 (for an average size kitchen)    4 to 6 hours are enough to install crowns in an average size kitchen.  


Start working with the front of the cabinet. Measure the length of the cabinet and select the molding that is lengthier than the cabinet’s length.


Adjust your miter saw at a 45-degree angle and cut one side of the molding with it.


Hold up the first cut to mark the molding to guide you for the second cut. Now make the second cut using the same 45-degree angle. After cutting, check the length of the molding, if it fits appropriately, well, and sound. If not, make the necessary amendments to achieve an accurate size.


Fix the molding on the cabinet using nails.


Now measure the length of the sides of the cabinet. Again take the longer molding than the actual length of your cabinet. Cut one side of the molding with a 45-degree angle, and measure the accuracy. 


Check if the corners fit correctly and adjust if it does not. Now fix the corners by placing the glue and take off the tape after 24 hours. Place the nail at the end to permanently fix the mold. 

Repeat the same process on all cabinets. 

Pro Tips For Installing Crown Molding On Kitchen Cabinets:

  1. Remember that during the cutting process mold is placed upside down so carefully check the corners fitting before placing the glue or nails.
  2. To get the exact length of each piece, measure it around walls, and along cabinet sides.

Do’s and Don’ts of Installing Crown Molding On Kitchen Cabinets:

Below are some do and don’ts of installing crown molding on kitchen cabinets that will prevent any unpleasant accidents during the process.


  • Take your time to do the exact measurement of the cabinets before getting started.
  • Adjust the Miter Saw carefully to the desired angle.
  • Place the nails once you are sure about the measurements and exact placement of the molding.
  • Keep your hands and fingers at a distance while placing the nails and working on a miter saw.
  • Use the filler strips to fill the gaps between the cabinetry and run it horizontally.


Χ Do not hurry in doing measurements. Be patient and if you are not sure about the process, take the assistance of professionals.


Which angle is appropriate to cut crown molding for cabinets?

The 45-degree angle is ideal to cut crown molding for cabinets using the miter saw.

How to measure the crown molding on the kitchen cabinet?

Measure the crown molding piece according to the length of the cabinet. Now place your measuring tape on the crown’s edge and prolong it to the length of the cabinet. Mark the exact point and then cut. Repeat the same process for all cabinets. 

How to choose the best crown molding for kitchen cabinets?

 If your cabinets have a detailed door, then we suggest you go for a detailed crown. Besides, you should also consider crown molding. However, if you have a large kitchen with taller cabinets, more extensive molding is appropriate and if the case is the opposite, opt for a smaller design.

Final Verdict:

We hope this guide on how to install crown molding on kitchen cabinets was beneficial for you.

If you are new to the miter saw and cutting wood, we suggest you seek professional help. Otherwise, you can easily do crown molding on your own, and the money you saved in the process will be a bonus. Moreover, the sense of achievement you feel after completing DIY projects is beyond imagination.

 Good luck.

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