DIY Faux Crown Molding: how to create an expensive look for much less

imageAbout a year and a half ago I posted a blog giving tips regarding how to make your room’s walls feel taller. You can catch that blog post here. The focus of that blog was to show how to get shorter walls to feel taller on a budget. You can’t really raise your roof on the cheap and I do so love a high ceiling. In that post, I briefly shared our DIY, faux crown molding. In this post, I wanted to take a few minutes to focus on that faux crown molding and share this great idea in more detail. I wish I could claim this idea but it was actually my builder, father-in-law that suggested we extend the existing crown molding to give it an expensive and custom look without spending much. I was just sitting in this room reading when I looked up and fell in love with the molding all over again. I thought to myself, I really need to share this because it has made this room so much more enjoyable to be in. So, here is my faux crown molding tutorial.


When my husband and I first moved into our older home, one thing we loved was that the home already had great crown molding in every room. I love the elegance the molding added to each room. But, in our formal living room and formal dining room I really wanted to step up the molding drama a bit more and add a more custom, expensive feel to the rooms at as minimum a cost as possible. We started in the dining room and I am SO in LOVE with how that turned out. You can read all about the custom, faux molding done in the dining room here.

Then, we set to work on the living room. I knew we wanted to add the board and batten along the bottom of the room. I was discussing how high I wanted the board and batten to sit when my father-in-law suggested making the board and batten lower and adding a faux, crown molding along the top of the room. WHAT?!?! My father-in-law continued to explain that by taking some extra chair molding we already had from a DIY kitchen cabinet project, nailing the molding 6″ to 12″ below the existing crown molding, and painting the molding and everything in between a glossy white, the room would appear to have very expensive, custom, crown molding for less than $100.00.

Expensive look for less than $100? Done. Here are pictures of the progression.106086


imageIt is literally as easy as it sounds. We used chair railing from Lowes, nailed it down about 10″ below the existing crown molding, caulked the creases, and painted the molding and everything in between with a high gloss paint. Done. I really have nothing left to say except…

Why is this not done every DIYers house? Let me know how much you love yours!

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2 thoughts on “DIY Faux Crown Molding: how to create an expensive look for much less

  1. runtspickins says:

    Whaaaat!? This is fab!! We don’t have any crown molding at all right now. I love this idea!

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