Crown molding install cost

What is a reasonable price to pay for a contractor to install crown molding in your average row home? Living room/dining rm and upstairs hallway. Materials and labor. Anyone?

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Susquehanna's picture

I had mine done for $400 for living room and dining room. I got a deal on materials (waaaay cheaper than Depot or Lowes). Materials were $200 for the large molding i chose at roughly 130' of it. I went with pine rather than a more expensive hardwood. Later I had picture rail installed along one wall that spans both rooms.
I'm guessing over $500 for your work. The guy who did mine is good. If you want to see the work or get contact info, PM me

Matt Benatar's picture

Do it yourself. You'll hate every second of it, but every time you tip your head back, you'll be reminded of how awesome you are.

Love is a Mattlefield.

2014 york's picture

Susquehanna's numbers are good. It's not an impossible DIY job but it can be very frustrating. You really need to know how to properly use a miter saw. Anything less than $600 (for labor) I'd consider a fair price. Just make sure that the person you hire knows what they are doing. It's not just about cutting the right angles. You don't want just any old handyman guy doing finish work.

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2014 york wrote:
Susquehanna's numbers are good. It's not an impossible DIY job but it can be very frustrating. You really need to know how to properly use a miter saw. Anything less than $600 (for labor) I'd consider a fair price. Just make sure that the person you hire knows what they are doing. It's not just about cutting the right angles. You don't want just any old handyman guy doing finish work.

There's not a strait line in my house and 12' pieces of molding on an 8' ladder isn't easy to do. Having an air compressor and a nail gun — two things i don't own — makes getting it up a lot quicker.
If you get a contractor that purchases materials through the box stores, you're almost doubling your price before labor. If you plan on painting or staining it, see if they'll do it for you before its up. They should offer it.

And as 2014 says, get someone who knows what they're doing. My guy walked in to my already crowned bedroom and says "they put it up upside down."

2014 york's picture

I did my own and I've never cursed so much. I am awesome but I'd never attempt it during lent.

phillygirl1267's picture

Mary, if you dont want to do it yourself, my husband can give you an estimate, he does all kind of wood working, crown molding being his specialty. He has books upon books of job pictures he's done.

Matt Benatar's picture

Crown molding is one of the toughest jobs I've done in my house. Get somebody good.

Love is a Mattlefield.

maryt's picture

Yeah, there is no way I was doing it myself. I have a lot of corners as well as two ceilings in the upstairs hallway. Got a quote that includes all materials and labor including the crown molding installation, painting the living rm, dining rm, king wall, upstairs hallway and all doors and trim for $2,300. I found this reasonable. No?

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Susquehanna's picture

sounds reasonable for the amount of work.

newtofishtown's picture

I know someone who will do it for 625.00 top to bottom.

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codergrrl's picture

I've been looking at an unfinished ceiling for over 25 years. My dad thought he could do it himself, but those corners beat him down.

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camera215's picture

Just curious: Is it as difficult to do baseboards? Or is that a more manageable diy job?

2014 york's picture

Baseboards are very simple. As you move up the difficulty increases. Chair rails are slightly harder and crown is the worst.

gauler's picture

Im so glad to hear at the amount of people that curse installing crown moulding. Ive done it one and half times. The second time I was trying to convince some know it all on how to cut it, they didn't believe me, then I sat back and watch them curse.

IF you plan to do it DIY, IT WILL BE FRUSTRATING! GET A TEACHER! or pay someone. It shouldn't cost too much, and its a quick easy job depending on how level your ceiling is.

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FishtownYo's picture

camera wrote:
Just curious: Is it as difficult to do baseboards? Or is that a more manageable diy job?

Everything gets much easier if you have a nail gun. I worked for years without one then bought a cheapie Stanley Bostitch setup. It came with compressor, finish, brad and staple nailers, plenty of nails. i think I paid about 125 from Amazon. when it was on sale. I see the same set for about 285 now, but even at that price, its worth every penny. It will truly transform how you go about working on house projects.

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2014 york's picture

Nail guns are great unless you are nailing into plaster over brick. Most of the houses around here have at least one wall like that. Baseboards don't require lot's of nailing. You could also install them with just caulk