Cove molding can be described as a concave profile molding which is usually done on the junction of wall and ceiling. One side of the room is generally shaped to provide a profile in order to compliment the architecture. Cove molding aids in making the room interesting and also helps in concealing imperfections on the meeting point of wall and ceiling.
Cove Molding Material
Cove molding can be done in different types of material. This type of molding is usually done with soft woods, plaster and vinyl. Corrosion resistant polyester resin cove molding is also done for places which demand hygiene and cleanliness.
One can get the coving done in any style of his choice. There is no limit to options for cove molding available. Custom designed molding is now easy to get and is undertaken at specialty stores.
Moldings are generally calculated by the length and width of the its profile. Usually the custom made profiles come in size of 6 to 8 foot parts, one can get the custom made any time in longer sizes.
Cove Molding Installation
When someone mentions the word cove molding, picture of a professional installing the same comes in the mind. However, installing the cove molding at home you is not too tough of a job. Listed below are easy DIY steps for coving
– Nail set
– Miter saw
– Putty Knife
1. Measurement – Measure the walls in the room where you want the coving to be done. List the measurements on a note pad. It is recommended to have a single piece of molding for each wall.
2. Procuring – From any hardware store, purchase the cove molding. Cove molding comes in various materials; wood, vinyl and plastic being the common ones. One can choose the molding as per his choice.
3. Cutting – With the help of miter saw, cut the molding piece as per your measurements. Be careful while doing so as a slight mistake can lead to wastage.
4. Marking – With the help of a pencil, make marks on the wall for the wall studs. Predrill the molding at wall studs in order to do a quality work.
5. Finishing – Apply paint or any finishing to the molding prior to installation. Finishing is easier this way and will make the molding look better.
6. Installation – Once you have done the finishing, hold the molding pieces and nail them on the wall with the help of nail set. Installing cove molding would be more convenient if you have someone to help you.
7. Trim and touch up – If the pieces are long for the wall, then trim them to make them fit well. Also if you see any unfinished patches, give them a finishing touch to make coving look Appealing.
Other Uses of Coving
Coving or cove molding can also be done to trim a shelf or mantle. The molding, along with other molding can be used to create compound moldings too.