How to Create a Painted Faux Crown Moulding (and Change a Ceiling Light)

Article Posted By: Carrie Waller

of Dream Green DIY

How to Create a Painted Faux Crown Moulding: After the room makeover

In our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point.

Carrie Waller, Creative Director of the Dream Green DIY blog, shows us how she completely transformed the look of her spare bedroom with a simple painted faux crown moulding. To complete the room makeover, she replaced a ceiling light and repurposed some decorations from her DIY wedding. As you’ll see, the results of this inexpensive project are simply stunning.

Paint is the single most frequently used supply in my arsenal of DIY materials and has quickly become the go-to standard when I’m dreaming up a room refresh. From furniture and accessories to drywall and doors, paint has almost no transformational limit.

For this project though, I wanted to try something that I never had before. I have been itching to add crown moulding to our second bedroom (turned studio), but had neither the time nor the money to tackle the complicated project. Thankfully, inspiration struck before I grudgingly forked over the cash and set aside the weekend to get the update taken care of– and all it took was a can of paint and some painting supplies. No saw required!

How to Create a Painted Faux Crown Moulding: The supplies you'll need

Here is what you’ll need to complete this project:


But before I jump into the project, allow me to introduce you to the space as it was before. The walls were the same boring contractor beige that they were when my husband and I first moved into the house. It was just begging for an update. The only light fixture was an old fan straight from the 1980s. It was well beyond time for a refresh.

How to Create a Painted Faux Crown Moulding: The spare bedroom before the makeover

The first thing to go was the paint. In the end I chose a cool shade of mint to help the room feel much brighter and more modern. After that, I filled the space with the necessary furniture– a drafting table, computer desk and a twin-mattress-turned-day-bed for lounging and for guests. Finally, I finished the room off with my favorite artwork, prints and a collection of paper pinwheels from our DIY wedding last April.

Yet despite all of the effort and updates, something still felt a little unfinished. Enter: A fresh take on crown moulding. Since our budget and hectic schedules couldn’t handle the upgrade this year, I had the epiphany that we could easily recreate the framing effect of crisp white crown moulding with paint, masking tape and just a couple of hours.


Creating the Painted Faux Crown Moulding

Step 1

The first step in this unconventional approach? Choose a height. Since we wouldn’t benefit from the sculptural silhouette of real crown moulding, I thought it would be best to go a little thicker with my painted faux effect. In the photo above you can see where I masked out a 6-inch height and an 8-inch height. After stepping back to settle on the best measurement for us though, I decided to compromise and went with 7 inches.

Although I could have easily used a chalk line to get my straight line marked out, I made do with small pencil marks at 7 inches with a ruler every few feet across the room. Then I moved back around the room, periodically unrolling a strip of painter’s tape using the pencil marks to keep my line straight and even.

How to Create a Painted Faux Crown Moulding: Using painter's tape to decide on the measurments

How to Create a Painted Faux Crown Moulding

How to Create a Painted Faux Crown Moulding

How to Create a Painted Faux Crown Moulding


Step 2

Time for paint. For the interior paint color, I went with Behr Ultra White in an eggshell finish, and started my first coat by cutting in around the ceiling, corners and tape lines with a 1-1/2 inch Wooster Angle Brush. Then I grabbed my 4-1/2 inch Wooster roller to fill in. When it came time for my second coat, I didn’t bother cutting in the details again. Instead, I just went over the masked section once more with my roller. Because I used white for my faux moulding, I didn’t have to worry about a crisp line at the ceiling– it blended right in.

How to Create a Painted Faux Crown Moulding: Wooster Pro 1-1/2 in. Thin Angle Sash Brush

How to Create a Painted Faux Crown Moulding

Wooster Pro 4-1/2 in. x 3/8 in. Cage Frame Roller

How to Create a Painted Faux Crown Moulding: The painting is completed


Step 3

One hour later, it was “Moment of Truth” time… I slowly peeled back one corner of the tape and breathed a big sigh of relief. The ScotchBlue tape worked like a charm, and I could tell that the painted faux crown moulding was an immediate improvement on the room as a whole. The excitement continued to grow as I  gently peeled back the tape around the rest of the room.

How to Create a Painted Faux Crown Moulding: Removing the painter's tape


Once I had everything put back together and the supplies washed and put away, I stepped into the room and knew that it was officially complete. The new white faux moulding ended up taking only about three hours of work, time well spent considering how little this project cost in both materials and supplies. In fact, I can’t wait to try it out in all of the rooms in our house.

How to Create a Painted Faux Crown Moulding: The finished room makeover

How to Create a Painted Faux Crown Moulding: The faux crown moulding adds height to the room

How to Create a Painted Faux Crown Moulding: Paper fans add color to an inexpensive room makeover

How to Create a Painted Faux Crown Moulding: The finished room makeover

How to Create a Painted Faux Crown Moulding

How to Create a Painted Faux Crown Moulding: A new ceiling light completes the room makeover

How to Create a Painted Faux Crown Moulding: The faux crown moulding adds visual appeal


Replacing the Ceiling Light

The other major update I managed to squeeze in involved replacing the dated ceiling fan with a new light fixture. I’ve always been drawn to drum shades, and when I saw that The Home Depot carried a mod semi-flush mount version of this favorite silhouette, I jumped at the chance to make it mine. With the help of my husband, we managed to install this Hampton Bay Edgemoor fixture in under 30 minutes.

If you’ve never changed out a light fixture before, don’t be intimidated. We’ve changed out four in our little townhouse and have never run into any major issues.

Hampton Bay Edgemoor Ceiling Light Fixture mounted in bright, newly decorated bedroom

Hampton Bay Edgemoor Ceiling Light Fixture in its box

Here’s basically how to do it:

  • Turn off the electricity to the fixture you’re replacing.
  • Remove the screws holding the old light (or fan) in place and then carefully disconnect the wires and lower it to the ground.
  • Use the instructions that come with your new light to install any new ceiling mount hardware.
  • Connect the ground wire to the screw that should already be present in the ceiling electrical box and connect the colored wires to each other. In our case, it was the black wires to the black and the white wires to the white.
  • Screw the new fixture into the base or mounting hardware.
  • Turn the electricity back on and enjoy your new light!

Wires for a ceiling light fixture are reconnected

A ceiling light fixture about to be mounted to a ceiling

Hampton Bay Edgemoor Ceiling Light Fixture mounted in a bright and cheery home office


Paint Rocks!

All in all, if your schedule and budget are tight, this simple project will inject your space with the sophistication and dimension of crown moulding without the added labor and materials that go along with it. Paint has easily scored some extra points with me after completing this project, and I’m definitely inspired to take it throughout the rest of the house.

How to Create a Painted Faux Crown Moulding: The home office after its makeover

Thanks to The Home Depot, I finally feel like my studio is the creative, welcoming space that I had always dreamed of!

Carrie is a freelance writer, blogger and designer living in Lynchburg, Virginia. Aside from indulging in tasty local food with her husband, most of her spare time is spent crafting DIY projects at home, or digging for buried treasure at local thrift and estate stores. For a real-time rehash of her home renovation projects and other DIY how-to’s, click over to her blog Dream Green DIY.

For more painting ideas, see other Style Challenges, and follow our All About Paint board on Pinterest.

Style Challenge is a series of posts from guest contributors who aim to bring you fresh inspiration and ideas for your home and garden using Home Depot products as a starting point. Carrie received a collection of Wooster painting products from The Home Depot and a gift card, but The Home Depot provided no other compensation. The opinions and ideas Carrie expressed are her own.

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