We selected a crown moulding that was a primed composite with a vine pattern (right) from Lowes and a decorative accent moulding (Colonial, left).
We also picked up the speciality corner pieces which were supposed to make the job easier on fitting the corners — I would not recommend using them. We did and they were a pain! It would have been easier and cheaper just to cut the crown molding and fit it using the miter box!
Our plan had been to extend the molding using another piece but found with this type of crown moulding was that it didn’t really butt up well when fitting it against base mouldings. We eventually found the Colonial accent moulding and once it went up it look stunning!
Another thing to keep in mind is that the more ornate the moulding, the harder it will be to paint it without getting globs in the recesses when using a brush or foam roller (vs. paint sprayer).
The vine pattern was a bit tricky and we ended up using a foam roller (with little paint) over the projecting pieces, and filling back with a paint brush with very little paint. Since we were using white over white primer it worked out but if you were going to go a different color a paint sprayer would be a better option.
TIP! I do give the moulding two coats of paint, then put it up, fill in nail holes, sand and then paint again. If you paint it before attaching it will make the end paint job a lot easier.
The ceiling was done in Valspar Pearl, a speciality paint in Blue Winter Fox. We had considered using tin tiles but decided that cost wise it wouldn’t be smart – the silver metal appearance gives us the same wow factor without the additional money and hassle of installing such a ceiling.
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