Remodeling a bathroom is a smart investment. First of all, bathrooms can wear down and age prematurely because they receive so much traffic. Also, since it is such a small room, most remodels are cheaper. The cost of supplies and labor are minimal for most bathroom upgrades. If you are interested in a bathroom remodel that you can do on your own, you should consider adding crown molding to the ceiling.
Installing Crown in a Bathroom
Crown molding can add a dynamic flair to your bathroom. If you have never installed it before, the bathroom is a great place to start because it is so small. Since you are working with shorter, lighter pieces, it is a good place to learn the skill. Once you figure how to apply crown molding to your bathroom, you can install it in the rest of your home.
What You Need
To install crown molding you will need a compound miter saw and a pneumatic nail gun. If you don't already own these tools, you can rent them on a daily basis. It is also important that you choose the right type of molding. Most modern molding is made out of MDF, or medium density fiber board. This is more flexible, lightweight, and affordable than real wood.
Installing the Molding
The hardest part is making the joints and corners seamless. For full 90° corners, you need to cut 45° angles on each board. A compound miter saw allows you to easily make accurate angled cuts.
When shooting the nails into crown molding, you only want to put them along the edges. The angled molding will cover the corner of the wall, and nails will not reach if you shoot them through the middle of the board. When using a pneumatic nail gun, you need to constantly be aware of the pressure. If the air pressure is too high, your nails can shoot right through the wood. But if it is too low, the nailhead will stick out.
Applying Caulk to Finish the Job
To finish off the job and make the crown look more seamless, you need to apply caulk. You want to caulk all of the edges and corners of the molding. You also want to caulk the corners, where two pieces meet along the miter design. This help hide any differences if the molding designs are not perfectly lined up.
You will probably be surprised to see how easy it is to install crown molding.