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Installing a plastic cornice


 

Plastic (usually polystyrene) molding is a material choice that appeals to many do-it-yourselfers. It comes in a variety of shapes that mimic traditional plaster molding. These “boards” are very light, so they are easy to transport and install. And they are typically available with matching corner and connecting blocks that eliminate the need for mitered and coped joints. If you want a more traditional look, keep in mind that any joint gaps can be easily filled with caulk and covered with paint.

 

 

 

 

Step 1. Hold a section of molding in place, and mark guidelines along the top and bottom edges using a pencil. Make sure the bevels at the back of the molding sit flat against both the wall and the ceiling.

 

Step 2. Following the manufacturer’s directions, install a bead of construction adhesive just inside the guidelines on the ceiling and the walls.

 

Step 3. Press the molding into the beads of adhesive, and attach it with finishing nails driven through the front of the molding into the wall studs behind.

 

Step 4. Where the molding sections meet, fill any gaps using latex caulk. Smooth the bead with a putty knife, and remove any excess caulk. Finish up by painting the trim boards (inset).

 

 

 

 

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