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crown moulding added to top of bookcases

Adding Crown Moulding to the Top of Bookcases

By Remodelando la Casa on Oct 08, 2012

I'm still working on my daughter's bedroom, this time the bookcase.

A long time ago I asked my brother-in-law, Stanley, to make this shelf with lots of storage compartments to create a build-in desk area for my daughter.
I wanted to give the piece a more stylish look with crown molding.  By now you must know how crazy I am about mouldings!

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Here is the side view of the plain top.

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Adding the crown moulding is very simple.  You find some wood blocks ( I used some from my scrap pile) and place them on top of the bookcase, they can be installed all around the top. I only installed them on the corners, middle and ends.

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 They have to be  flush to the edges of the bookcase.  Nail them.

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Time to add the crown.  First, cut the crown moulding for the front of the bookcase, where the top length of the bookcase front will be the short point for doing the mitered cuts.  Nail that moulding to the wood blocks previously installed.

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The sides pieces of moulding will have one end that is mitered and the other with a straight cut that goes to the wall.  For help on how to cut this kind of crown molding corners you can click HERE.

Glue was applied to the mitered corners, and then the side pieces were also nailed to the wood blocks on the side, and on the corner to keep both pieces together.

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After caulking and paint you will have a better looking bookcase.

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You can see the bookcase all styled in her room reveal HERE.


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