Because this house is almost 20 years old the drywall tape is starting to separate a bit between the ceiling and wall. I COULD scrape it out, tape it anew, mud it and spend weeks feathering it all out, then priming and painting both the wall and ceilings...but that's a TON of work, and I really loathe doing drywall repair. Thus the laziness reason to do the crown install.
I found decent crown that matches the first floor, at Home Depot. They're 'propack', primed pine. 5 12' lengths in a bundle, for about 46$. That's a pretty decent price..I painted all of the primed moulding (2 coats) before installing it, so all I'd have to do is touch-ups at the joints & nail holes. I initially tried to use a mitre box for this, but holy wow I just couldn't manage it. So, I finally bought a sliding compound mitre saw :)
I did the small bathroom on the first floor as a test, because it's small enough for me to do by myself (those 12' lengths are unwieldy for one person!), and it turned out really well (worst room ever to get a picture of, because it's so tiny) -
I then decided to TRY doing the Little Boy's bathroom on my own. I figured that if I put a couple small nails in the wall right below where the crown would be installed I could rest if on there instead of needing another person to help hold it. Worked like a charm!
This room the two long walls are 12'4", so I needed to do my first scarf joint...Also, it's really true that "caulk & paint will make you what you ain't."
And here it is all finished...I have another duck picture I could hang, maybe next to the door? Also, a white shelf that would look decent above the commode, with some glass jars of q-tips and cotton squares?
SO happy with how far this bathroom has come! My only dislike now is the counter and tap ;)
Next up is crown in the guest room. Then Little Boy's bedroom...then Husbeast's office, then our bathroom, and FINALLY the master bedroom. And maybe the laundry room ;)