How to Install Crown Molding on Cabinets


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As you learn how to build cabinets, you’ll look for ways to dress up the basic wooden box. One surefire upgrade is crown molding. This video teaches you how to install crown molding on cabinets with clever tricks and tips it would take you years to learn on your own. Watch this video and even your first crown molding will look neat and professional.


Crown molding that sits atop a cabinet gives it a solid, finished look. For strength and stability, gussets are added to the top. You don’t want this molding to pull off the cabinet if someone pulls or pushes on it when moving the cabinet, for example. Learn how to angle cut the gussets and where to locate them on the top of the cabinet.

Helping Hand

It can be difficult to install trim pieces like crown molding when you’re working alone. Our trick comes in very handy as you learn how to install crown molding on cabinets, and you’ll find lots of other uses for it when you’re assembling furniture projects.

Transfer Measurements

Discover the best way to ensure perfect-fitting miters. Hint: It was nothing to do with your ruler or tape measure.


It’s important to choose the right glue as you learn how to install crown molding on cabinets. You don’t want drips, runs and squeeze-out, so a thick glue is recommended. Watch to learn the best method for applying the glue.

Finishing Touches

Fasten the crown molding to the top of the cabinet (we used a brad nailer). Then stand back and look at your crowning achievement.

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9 Responses to “How to Install Crown Molding on Cabinets”
  1. Cats Dogo

    Yep, but I use a headless pin nailer instead of a brad nailer so there’s no holes ti fill and you don’t see any heads to a brad nail. They are thinner then brads but in the end the glue will dry and hold it secure, the pins just hold it in place while the glue dries. Also, I use a clamp on the base piece just to hold the other end of the crown since you can be working with long pieces and the sag on the other end can give you trouble when you tape up and your trim isn’t straight. It just acts like a 3rd hand at the other end supporting the trim while you are getting things level and in place to tape up.

  2. fuzznarf

    two things..

    you still got glue on the face of the cabinet while positioning the crown.

    and a note to the web designer. Move the video left or move the social media buttons somewhere else. Very annoying.

  3. Mitch

    This video could have been much more informative if the person explained the compound angles needed for each of the 90* corners. Since the molding does not lay flat against the cabinet, it is much more complicated to get the angles correct. This is my weak point in installing crown molding.

    • WWGOA Team

      Hi, Mitch!

      Great suggestion! We will add this to our list of future topics to cover.
      Thanks for taking the time to provide this feedback.

  4. larrybud

    Any idea on what to do to the top of this when cabinets are installed in an open floor plan, and the top of the cabinets can be seen?

    • WWGOA Team

      What I would do in this situation is to add a piece of wood on top of the crown molding, serving as a cap over the entire cabinet. Overlap the crown molding by 1/2″ or so all the way around so it is more forgiving to install. This should look nice whether you are looking at it from below or above.

  5. Rich

    1. excellent hint on the angled pieces on top of the cabinet…fought the “holding it down” thing a long time and will use those angled pieces. 2. when and if you get a bit of glue seeping out, I use a pinched plastic straw ( from Arbys, Burger King etc) and swipe the glue out… snip off the end and your good to go again.