How to Install Crown Molding On Kitchen Cabinets

Updated July 20, 2017

Crown moulding is an attractive detail in any room, but what about the kitchen? Adding crown moulding to the tops of your kitchen cabinets is an inexpensive way to achieve a custom look in your kitchen. Follow these steps to install crown moulding on your kitchen cabinets.

Cut 1- to 1 ½-inch strips of wood or particleboard to fit on the top edge of your kitchen cabinets.

Nail the strips to the top edge of your kitchen cabinets. This will serve as a nailing strip for your crown moulding so you do not have to nail into the finished surface of your cabinets. If you have access to an air finish nailer, it will make the job quick and easy. If not, use a hammer and finishing nails.

Cut the crown moulding to fit. Kitchen cabinets are typically carefully installed to be square, so you should be able to cut perfect 45-degree angles at corners. Custom-angled cabinet installations will require more careful measuring.

Nail the cut crown moulding to the nailing strip at the top of the cabinets. Once again, an air finish nailer will make the job quick and easy.

Finish the crown moulding by filling nail holes and other imperfections with wood filler, and painting or staining to match your cabinets. If you purchased pre-finished crown moulding, this step is not necessary.


Most cabinet manufacturers sell crown moulding that is pre-finished to match the cabinets. An air finish nailer makes trim and crown moulding installation a quick and easy job. Headless nails are hardly noticeable and do not damage the surface like a hammer and nail can. If your kitchen cabinets go to the ceiling or a soffit, your installation procedure will vary. You will have to install the crown moulding to the front surface of the cabinets or add a nailing strip to the front surface of the cabinets.

Things You'll Need

  • 1- to 1 ½-inch Strips of Wood or Particleboard
  • Hammer
  • Finishing Nails
  • Crown Molding
  • Measuring Tape
  • Mitre Saw
  • Wood Filler
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