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Pre-Finished Crown Molding

Pre-Finished Crown Moldings

I used a pre-finished crown molding for a decorative shelf. These are often available at traditional lumberyards, hardware stores and home centers. If you want to see some superb crown moldings with very different profiles, then visit a kitchen cabinet store. Sounds crazy, but they have many exquisite prefinished crown moldings that are used to finish off the tops of cabinets.

The crown molding I used happened to be part of an entertainment center in my basement. The cabinets were made by Merrillat - a major manufacturer of kitchen, bath, home office and home entertainment cabinetry.

In fact, the molding I used has a space for an accent molding. Once the crown molding is in place, there is a small vertical face. Merrillat makes a small twisted rope molding that fits perfectly in this space. After it is added, the molding looks as if it might have been hand carved. Hunting around for moldings such as this makes all the difference in the world

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