How to Quickly Beef Up Crown Molding and Baseboards

One easy trick to make thin crown molding and baseboards thicker and more stately for less than $1 per foot.

This is definitely one of those small detail DIY projects that we completely forgot about in the master bedroom since we got all wrapped up in the big, bodacious grid trim. (I still creepily stare at it and whisper “I love you” every once in awhile.)

But then a couple of weeks ago, when we shared our antique mirror French bifold closet doors, a few of you asked, “Did you install thicker crown molding?”

How to Quickly Beef Up Crown Molding and Baseboards | One easy trick to make thin crown molding and baseboards thicker and more stately for less than $1 per foot.

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And then I realized… Hello! I totally forgot to share the BEST DIY tip since sliced bread. (That metaphor makes zero sense, but you get it.)

If you have skinny crown molding or baseboards that you want to “beef up”, this is so easy.

Nail a strip of base cap molding 2-3 inches below your crown and above your baseboard (depending on the thickness you prefer) and just paint the drywall in between with white trim paint.

How to Quickly Beef Up Crown Molding and Baseboards | One easy trick to make thin crown molding and baseboards thicker and more stately for less than $1 per foot.

I know. Easiest finishing carpentry project ever. No demo and it’s super inexpensive to do.

And now that we’ve “beefed up” the crown molding in the master bedroom, I’m ready for us to do it in every room of the house.

How to Quickly Beef Up Crown Molding and Baseboards | One easy trick to make thin crown molding and baseboards thicker and more stately for less than $1 per foot.

I hope it helps!

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P.S. I’m still waiting on these blasted throw pillows to arrive from shipment and then I can share the master bedroom completely finished. All I’m sayin’ is these better be the most gorgeous throw pillows in the history of ever because the wait is killin’ me.

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9 Comments

    1. You could! It all depends on how big your molding is already and if you want to do it. You could always tack up a little piece to try and see if it’s even necessary.

  1. Thanks for sharing. I don’t have any crown molding in my 1935 Georgian Colonial but definitely want to start adding and now I can add using smaller trim but get a bigger look thanks to your post. I always LOVE seeing your latest post!!!!

  2. Yay! Keep it up! The mister and I started doing this throughout our home 25 years ago and over the years we’ve received tons of compliments on our beefy crown molding. 🙂 We couldn’t afford the really thick stuff at Home Depot but I wanted that look. We decided to experiment with smaller trim a few inches below the existing crown to see how it looked. Well, it looked great and we just kept going. It sure saved us a lot of money!

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