While it might seem like a small change to an embellishment that already makes a good impression, painting your crown mouldings can yield a variety of aesthetic benefits. Here is some information on the topic, as well as some tips on how to paint crown moulding.

Why Paint Your Mouldings?

There are plenty of reasons to give your crown mouldings, new or existing, a fresh coat of paint, including that you can:

  • Match the room: You want to create a cohesive atmosphere throughout a room, and mismatched colors can break up ambiance and take away from other features. Coating your mouldings with colors that flow will allow them to enhance the space in all the right ways.
  • Create a finished look: Leaving certain features, like exposed beams and fireplaces, unpainted and raw can create positive impressions. However, crown mouldings typically don't follow that same formula, as they've long been considered beacons of refinement and elegance — characteristics that don't sync up with unfinished. Even a simple white coat can make a huge difference.
  • Meet your preferences: Of course, you can bypass other reasons and just go with a color you like best. No single option stands above the rest, as crown mouldings can look beautiful with a variety of different colors and wood stains in the right settings.

How to Paint Moulding

Depending on the type of crown mouldings you have and if they're installed already or not, there are a few ways that you can approach painting. Some general tips include:

  • Preparing the surface: Before you break out any brush, you'll first want to carefully check every moulding length for signs of damage. If you notice any significant cracks, dents or nail holes, use a high-quality wood filler to repair them. Once that's dry, you can sand the entire surface to smooth out any imperfections that might stand out once painted.
  • Applying a primer: If you want the paint to hold evenly and for longer periods on a wooden surface, you'll want to apply a high-quality primer that also seals the surface. Use long, even strokes, and you should start a new stroke toward the end of where the last one ended.

After the primer has dried, you can proceed with applying your chosen paint. Incorporate the same brushing techniques that you used to implement the primer, and apply two coats to the moulding if the color is light to ensure better coverage.

If your mouldings are already attached, you'll need to apply painter's tape to keep strokes from overlapping onto the wall or ceiling. You'll also want to use an angle sash brush, which utilizes slanted bristles and a thin profile to hold more paint and provide better coverage per stroke.

Easily Paint Focal Point's Crown Mouldings

While traditional mouldings might take some added work to achieve your desired look, you can start fresh with Focal Point Product's crown moulding kits. You can easily cover the panels included in our kits, as the polyurethane comes primed and ready for any paint. Between that quality and our four available designs, we can offer a broad range of appealing options. Contact us today with any questions you have, or buy your kit online now!