How to Install Crown Molding on Cabinets

Duration: 6:17

As you learn how to build cabinets, you’ll look for ways to dress up the basic wooden box. One surefire upgrade is installing 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 installation will look neat and professional.


Crown molding that sits atop kitchen cabinets gives them 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 to kitchen cabinet crown molding.

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

    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi David. The gusset is just a piece of wood that is attached to the top of your cabinet using glue and brads, and the crown molding is attached to the gusset to provide additional strength to the molding. The gusset creates an inside corner between the molding and cabinet top. The angle cut on the gusset equals the spring angle of the molding. If you pause the video at :32 you can see the gussets pretty clearly.

  5. Nancy J
    Nancy J

    I watched the video “how to install crown molding on cabinets” it’s great. But what I need is paper drawings or plans on how to do it so I can take it into my shop in the garage. Does WWGOA have such a thing and if so where should I look? Can you help me and if you can email me at Yours truly, Nancy

  6. Oldporkchops

    Thanks for this very helpful video. Could you please comment on whether it is advisable to apply wood finish (lacquer, stain, etc) before or after cutting and assembly?

    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello. When I install crown molding on a project that will be finished in the same way as the crown molding, I generally finish the crown molding after installation, along with the rest of the project. If the molding is installed on a wall in a room, then I pre-finish the molding.
      Paul-Woodworkers Guild of America

  7. Doug Williams
    Doug Williams

    I agree with one of the suggestions…clamp a block to the face of the cabinet on the other end, to rest the crown on while your measuring/gluing/nailing. That especially prevents smearing glue on the cabinet face. The other point is: if this happened to be a repair of an antique cabinet, the glue used would most likely been hide glue. It would be good to use the same kind. Old Brown Glue can be bought, which has urea in it, to keep it liquid. It works great.

    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hey Ruben,
      Here’s what the experts had to say about your question:

      Wood Workers Guild of America Expert