Crown molding is a decorative type of molding that's usually hung a foot or less below the ceiling. It's often very wide, and is commonly seen in older or statelier homes and buildings, such as Victorian mansions. Installing crown molding in your home can increase its value and add a regal touch to any room. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn't have to be terribly hard to install as long as you're patient and precise.
Before you install crown molding, you should take time to get everything ready and decide how you will hang your molding. Start with the walls — if possible, paint them the desired color before installing crown molding. It won't be necessary to paint all the way to the edges, as the molding will cover missed areas. This will give your walls and molding a clean, professional look.
Another thing you can do to make the process easier is to paint your crown molding before you hang it. This alleviates the need for taping. Instead of staining your crown molding, consider painting it a solid color. It's much easier to touch up paint than stain. Once you've installed the molding, you can fill in the nail holes with caulk and paint over them with a small brush for a smooth, flawless finish.
If possible, try to work with smaller sections of molding that are less than eight feet long. This is much easier and less hazardous than working long pieces. Buying a small section of molding to make "test cuts" on is advisable, as you'll be able to perfect a corner cut before executing one. When cutting, do not lay your molding flat. Always use a miter saw so you can cut to exact angles, and always be sure to ask for help when making cuts and hanging your crown molding.