Hey everyone, I came across this forum in search of a good woodworking site that I can bounce and gather ideas for future renovations in my home.
Back in August I purchased a house built in 1957. The house has gone through light renovations over the years but still showed the age easily with the plaster walls and the poorly painted-over crown moldings.
As I performed the initial home inspection, I noticed that the crown moldings in the living and dining room were almost a part of the ceiling and wall. It seems that over the years the previous owners kept painting over them. They looked ugly and in poor condition.
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As I was getting the electrical upgraded I decided it was best to remove the moldings and restore them.
I pried them off the wall which took some effort. About 2-3 mm of paint started to crack off them and I was able to get them off in one piece.
As I removed the moldings, you can see the poor condition of the corner by the wall and ceiling. I decided to use drywall compound and fill in the corners to even out the area where the moldings sat in.
Over the weeks, I stripped them down to bare wood, sanded them, primed them and just recently did a second layer of gloss white Benjamin Moore paint.
Now as I am approaching the completion of the moldings, I want to get them installed once the paint hardens a bit. This is where I am a bit worried.
I have access to a small air compressor with a nailed that I've been using for baseboards. It is not an angle nailer.
I am worried that the age of this wood (I think oak) and the air compressor can cause the crown molding to crack as I am installing them.
Plans are to rent a angle nailer but I am not sure where on the wood I should be aiming to get molding to install properly and with least damage to the wood.
I have read about installing a corner, triangular piece of wood behind the molding, but I am pretty certain that it may present a challenge of it own due to the age of the wood and plaster walls.
Thank you :-)