what material to use for crown molding???

jaansuJuly 18, 2011

I seem to have read that there is a wide variety of materials of construction for crown molding presently. That I don't need to go with the traditional heavy wood crown. What do you recommend for cost and appearance? I've heard that molding made of gypsum (dry wall) can be found but where? Does it end up looking like painted wood? Or that there are lightweight alternatives that are easier to use and cheaper than pine. I still want it to look like wood so super smooth plastic crown wouldn't be preferable. I'd be interested in hearing of your experiences and where to buy (mail order, specialty lumber yards, etc).

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"I've heard that molding made of gypsum"

You probably mean plaster, nothing like gypsum drywall.

Before drywall saw wide use as finished walls, plaster walls had moldings 'run in place' on the wall.

You can purchase plaster molding sections to attach to the wall now instead of running them in place.

A search on 'plaster trim' will show sources.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2011 at 1:27PM
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Lightweight plastic is available that works very well for crown molding. It can be found with a rougher molded surface to mimic painted wood. And there are varieties with paper coverings to look like wood.

MDF is also made, but requires two or three people to install since it breaks very easily.

Pine is, IMHO, a terrible wood for trim. Poplar is much better(for painting)and maple is as good, just usually more expensive. Maple has the advantage of being stainable(or dyed) and used with just a varnish/etc. finish.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2011 at 12:06PM
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