Create a dramatic new look throughout your home or highlight one area with crown molding.

Although crown molding is generally identified as trim for the area where a wall meets the ceiling, molding is used for many other home décor applications. Molding creates an appealing visual element when used at chair height along a wall, sometimes with thin vertical pieces attached to accent a wider area. Molding also serves as an attractive window cornice or as a frame for a wall-hung flat screen television or vertical mirror. The possibilities are only limited by homeowners’ imaginations and finances.

“Crown molding is an inexpensive approach to adding beautiful detail to your home,” Woodcraft national power tool sales manager Andrew Bondi said.

Bondi speaks from experience, having recently installed crown molding throughout his house.

Before lifting the first piece of molding, homeowners will want to do some research about molding and installation techniques and tips.

“Cutting and Installing Crown Molding,” by Jim Heavey, and “Crown Molding & Trim: Install It Like a Pro!,” by Wayne Drake, are good resources.

A miter saw, like DeWalt’s 10″ Single-Bevel Miter Saw, is essential for cutting crown molding joints. To make the process easier, Woodcraft recommends using a cutting jig with the miter saw — either the General Tools EZ Pro Crown King Crown Molding Jig or the Kreg Crown-Pro Miter Saw Guide that features a bonus measurement transfer angle finder. If your project involves a coped cut, Woodcraft stocks Eclipse Coping Saws and Gröz Coping Saw Frames.

To fill any small gaps, Woodcraft recommends Famowood Wood Filler, along with Norton 5X Small Area Sanding Sponges for smoothing filled holes.

Once the molding is cut and ready for fastening, use an 18-gauge nailer, that offers precision control and both sequential and contact trigger applications.

“If you are going to back your molding with an adhesive prior to nailing, Titebond’s No-Run, No-Drip Wood Glue for molding and trim is a great product to use,” said Woodcraft senior product manager Peter Collins, “especially if you are going to use a headless pinner to install trim.”

Painting crown molding can be simple — blending in with the wall or ceiling color — or new color can be introduced to match furnishings or accent the overall décor.

“Water-based paints are available in many colors and can be mixed to create an extensive palette of custom colors, and can be used with special techniques to produce special decorative effects, such as antiquing and distressing.”

Bristle Brushes or Foam Brushes are recommended for applying paint. Use Microfiber Tack Cloths to remove sanding dust before applying paint or after distressing.

Crown molding is the key to an upscale look for walls, windows, doors, cabinets and more!