How to Seal Crown Molding With Caulk

Installing crown molding at the top of your cabinets can make any room look more refined. Crown is molding that is installed where the top of a wall or cabinet meets a ceiling. This decorative piece of molding will add class and value to your home.

However, crown molding will not look too spectacular if the caulk lines are messy. Getting a clean caulk line is a skill in itself. Here is the key to getting the straightest and cleanest caulk lines.

When to Apply the Caulk

The key to making crown molding look nice is making sure your caulk lines are perfect. Traditionally, you want the caulk to match the color of the molding, not the wall. Most people paint their crown the same color as their cabinet, so it is easy to find a matching caulk color. Apply the caulk after the molding is completely installed and painted. You will want a caulk line between the top of the molding, where it meets the wall. You also want a caulk line where the bottom of the molding meets the cabinet box.

Getting Straight Lines

To get the straightest lines you just need to use your finger. Wear a thin latex glove when you apply the caulk. First, apply a thin bead with a normal caulk gun. Then, lightly swipe your finger along the caulk. As you swipe, caulk will build up on your finger. Use a rag to wipe away the caulk between each swipe.

The key to mastering this technique is to keep your finger as clean as possible. If your finger is clean, it will leave behind smooth caulk lines. If you want to leave behind a smaller caulk line, just use a smaller finger. But, be careful not to push down to hard. If you wipe away too much of the caulk, your lines will serve no purpose.

If any caulk gets smudged onto the cabinets or walls, it is best to clean them up as soon as possible. Do not wait for them to dry. Keep a spare wet rag nearby to quickly wipe up spills.

Adding crown molding can make any cabinet system look much nicer and more expensive. However, your crown will not look very impressive if your caulk lines are sloppy. This is why it is so important that you properly seal your crown with this technique. For more tips and suggestions, consult resources like Sierra Remodeling & Home Builders Inc.