Monday

Adding Crown Molding to the Top of Bookcases

diy - add molding to plain bookcases, step by step tutorial

I'm still working on my daughter's bedroom, this time on the bookcase.

Long time ago I asked my brother-in-law, Stanley, to make this shelf with lots of storage compartments to create a build-in desk area for my daughter.
I wanted to give the piece a more stylish look with crown molding, by now you must know how crazy I am about moldings ;)

Here is the side view of the plain top:

Adding the crown moulding is very simple.  You find some wood blocks (I used some from my scrap pile), place them on top of the bookcase, they can be installed all around the top, but I only installed them at the corners, middle and ends.

 They have to be  flush to the edges of the bookcase.  Nail them.
attaching boards to the top of bookcases before adding crown molding.


Time to add the crown.  First, cut the crown moulding for the front of the bookcase, where the top length of the bookcase front will be the short point for doing the mitered cuts.  Nail that moulding to the wood blocks previously installed.

side view of bookcase before attaching crown molding


For the sides pieces, the moulding is going to have one end that is mitered and the other with a straight cut that goes to the wall.  For help on how to cut crown molding corners click HERE.

Glue was applied to the mitered corners, and then the side pieces were also nailed to the wood blocks on the side, and on the corner to keep both pieces together.
crown molding on bookcase


After caulking and painting it, you'll have a better looking bookcase.
how to add crown molding to bookcase in girl room


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37 comments :

  1. Christina, you are reading my mind these days. I just said to my husband that I want to put molding on my bookshelves to give them a built in look. THanks for the how to.

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  2. I shall name you the "Crown moulding Queen"!! Nicely done. Looks great

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  3. I recently had a "good" carpenter to my house to restyle my bookcases which were build forty years ago when we moved into our home. The center section was my husband's gun cabinet. The carpenter assured me that he could convert that space for our TV and get it up off the floor. We love it! He did that job the very same way that you describe and I now have a six inch moulding that updates the cabinet. Fresh paint finished the job. You must be a master carpenter too!

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  4. thanks for sharing this tutorial. just what I needed.

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  5. I love this and the fact that you showed exactly how to do it! Thank you. They will look great!

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  6. Awesome! I sooo need to do this..it really adds so much!! All I need is one of those nifty nailguns!! =) Deanna

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  7. Superb! Generally I never read whole articles but the way you wrote this information is simply amazing and this kept my interest in reading and I enjoyed it.

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  8. Excellent tutorial! The crown adds so much character to a plain shelf. Thanks for sharing :)

    Deborah

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  9. That's beautiful, Christina, and I love your very clear tutorial. Pinning this!

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  10. This is such a great tip! It's amazing what a difference a little molding can make!

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  11. I did this to plain shelves in my living room and it made such a difference. Sort of like the icing on a cake! Pinning this to my How To board.

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  12. I love crown moldings and it's a terrific tip to sweet Christina! I love how they finish off any plain shelf and turnes into an elegant one. Big hugs to you.
    FABBY

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  13. This looks awesome! Gives it a more expensive look. Please share at the pin inspiration party http://www.addhousewife.com/2012/10/pin-inspiration-10-11.html

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  14. Such a huge difference the moulding makes. I love it!

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  15. Thanks for a great tutorial!! I've wanted to know how to do this for a while! I would like to invite you to share this at my party, Twirl & Take a Bow at www.houseontheway.com.
    Leslie

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  16. What a big difference that made in the bookcase! Thanks for the great tutorial....which I had to pin for a future reference. :)

    xoxo laurie

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  17. It turned out fantastic, Cristina! So beautiful!

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  18. Once again, moulding brilliance! Once again, I've pinned ...

    :)

    Linda

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  19. Christina, the molding looks fabulous! You always do such a great job! Thank you for visiting my blog today and also for leaving me a comment. Your comments show up as no-reply on my emails, so I can't email you back to thank you. I just wanted to stop by and tell you I always appreciate your comments. Have a great weekend!

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  20. I love it!

    I have a weekend link party on my blog if you'd care to join:

    http://westernwarmth.blogspot.com/2012/10/weekend-warmth-5.html

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  21. What a wonderful finishing touch for a very polished look!

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  22. Such a great idea and love the pictures for the tutorial! I'm wanting to add crown moulding to our kitchen cabinets so this will definitely be helpful. Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Thanks for an awesome how-to! Looks beautiful, and seems to be simple. I love it!!
    Brenda

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  24. Wonderful tutorial and I love the outcome. Crown moulding adds so much.

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  26. Thank you for your visit Cristina and for leaving your sweet comment.
    great tute and your moulding looks amazing. very well done!
    rita

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  27. I was thinking to do the same thing! Thanks for sharing... Now I don't need to figure out how to do it! You have a new follower. www.fabtwigs.blogspot.com

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  28. Great tutorial Cristina! Your daughter's book case looks lovely with the added molding. Such a simple fix, but what a difference it makes. By the way, do you mind sharing what type of nail gun you use? I'm looking into getting one for myself. Thanks!
    Debbie

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  29. This is such a great blog. Molding adds charm and value to your home. Install Crown Molding

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  31. Through Cut Crown Molding you can get new style and charm to your interior of the home.

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  32. We added crown molding to the top of our kitchen cabinets. This post was very helpful. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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    1. Hi The Yarbrough's! I'm so glad this post was of help. And thank you so much for taking the time to write to me. It's comments like this that make feel I'm not wasting my time. :)

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  33. I have homemade book cases like yours for my book collection. My cases look simple and standard and it is kind of annoying. I think the crown molding would add a touch of class and beauty very inexpensively. What kind of nails did you use for your molding?
    http://www.contemporarymouldings.com/services.html

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