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Shaker Molding That Shines

Construction How-To, Decks, Decorating, Home Improvement Products, Molding, Outdoor Living, Patios March 15, 2013 Sonia

Fastening the Crown

Since the molding is open on the top, I installed 8d finish nails into the molding along the bottom edge and into the wall.

The molding was cut on a miter saw using the “upside-down and backward” method.

A friend of mine once said, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth gluing.” A little glue along this bottom edge helps keep it all together.

The molding was fastened with finish nails along its bottom edge.

It helps to cut the molding slightly longer than the wall so the pieces snap into place and keep pressure on the miter joints.

I chose to use my Paslode cordless finish nailer, but hand-nailing works too. If you hand-nail, you will need to predrill prior to driving the 8-penny nails. The finish nailer does not have a cumbersome cord and it allows me to set the exact depth of my nails.

After all three crown molding boards were installed, I made sure all of the nails were set and filled with wood filler.

Tip—I find it requires less sanding effort to fill nail holes flush and to do a light second coat only if necessary. This two-coat method is still faster than “over applying” the wood filler and having to sand it smooth.

A small hole provided access for the rope lighting to be routed behind the molding.

After the second coat, I lightly sand the wood filler and “spot” prime those areas. I caulked all of the seams at this time as well. After applying a final coat of trim paint, the installation looked like it had always been there.

I then cut a hole into the “house” side of one of the moldings. This hole was used to pass the rope lighting down to the electrical outlet.

To hide the rope light cord going to the outlet, I built a chase out of poplar wood. The chase hides the rope lighting and allows for the rope lighting to be passed down to the outlet undetected.


A small, narrow channel conceals the rope lighting as it runs from the outlet to the crown molding.

Shown is the finished project.

Install the Rope Lighting

I ran the rope lighting through the chase, into the hole and around the room behind the molding. The lighting came with plastic clips and screws. These clips worked great for keeping the rope hidden down behind the crown molding. Rope lighting similar to this can be purchased at any hardware or electrical supply store. Kits are available to create your own custom lengths.

This whole project, including buying the rope lighting and wood, took only 6 hours but will give me years of enjoyment and bragging rights!


Editor’s Note: Robert Robillard is a remodeling contractor based out of Concord, MA.  Visit his site at