Condo Blues: How to Fake Crown Molding with Paint

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

How to Fake Crown Molding with Paint

This post brought to you by FrogTape brand painter’s tape. All opinions are 100% mine.

I knew I picked the right wall color in my guest room/craft room the minute I moved my antique black and white table into the room. It it popped against the yellow wall. I am smitten with color scheme!

However, I'm not smitten with the closet.

I never liked the doors or oak stain on the molding at the top. I know I'm supposed to like wood molding but the oak stain makes it look cheap. I tried to hide the molding by painting it the same color as the wall. It is not as awful but it still use a little something while I'm thinking about what to do with the closet doors.

how to fake crown molding with paint

This room is my creative space. I want something more playful than traditional crown molding. When I got the opportunity to try the new FrogTape®  Shape Tape™ I had my answer.  Shape Tape™ is a painter's tape that comes in three precut patterns: wave, scallop, and chevron. Shape Tape™ is made with ​PaintBlock® Technology, an obsorbant polymer that bonds with the water in latex paint to create a barrier and prevent paint bleed through. PaintBlock® Technology is the key to my project's success.

Let's make some paint on architecture!

closet before
Closet - BEFORE

You will need:

Shape Tape™ 
Sanding Block
Drop Cloths
Paint brush

1. Optional: Test painting your pattern with Shape Tape™ on a scrap piece off wood since you can make different designs depending upon which side of the scallop tape you paint.

2. Loosely Tape a length of Shape Tape™ around the closet as a spacer, using the white lines on the Shape Tape™ as cut lines to ensure your design is even.

3. Remove half of the backing from another piece of Shape Tape™ and apply it next to your spacer row of tape on all three sides of the closet.

apply second row to the wall
Taping time!

4. Remove the second half of backing, adhere the Shape Tape™ to the wall, and remove the spacer row of Shape Tape™.

5. Burnish the edges of the Shape Tape™ to the wall with a squeegee (or in my case, an old gift card standing in for a squeegee.)

burnishing the edges
 Burnish! Burnish! Burnish!

6. Rough up the paint on the door molding with the sanding block and wipe the sawdust away with the rag. The idea is to sand it just enough to remove the gloss from the paint  so the new paint will stick.

sanding example
Taping the corner was tricky because the molding isn't the same length on each side of the closet.

7. Paint the open area with low voc paint. I used two coats. Since I can be a messy painter, I taped off the side of the closet with FrogTape­®.

8. Remove the Shape Tape™ while the second coat of paint is still wet. Optional: Get excited because this is the first time I've never had a stencil bleed paint in the history of ever!

Remove while the paint is wet
Looking good!

9. Admire your playful painted scallop molding!

painted scollap crown molding
Closet molding AFTER

The scallops add the touch of whimsy I want.

What do you think? Should I paint the rest of the molding in the room too?

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