Paint White Crown Molding To Look Like Wood

I finished up on a small job today.  The project this time was to paint white crown molding to look like wood in the living room and dining room.  There are always challenges with every project and when I go into a home sometimes working around the existing furniture is the biggest challenge.  I had a lot of moving of couches, chairs and tables around however,  keeping the paint off the white ceiling and the faux painted walls and window treatments was the biggest challenge of this job.  The 10 foot ceilings were little problem to get to but in order to insure I didn't get any paint on the ceiling itself or the walls I ran a line of tape under and over the crown.  Doing this gave me a super nice straight edge too.

You can see the white crown here in the first photo.

The next two photos are the same area but finished.

Just look at the nice straight and crisp lines the tape gives you.  I only use tape that is designated for delicate surfaces.  After the job was completed you absolutely could not tell the crown was white before I started.  It looks just like natural wood now.

Here was a nice little challenge, to get behind this light fixture with enough room to paint the crown.  I managed but barely.

Another before and after section of the job.


  1. Hey this looks great! I was wondering when you would do some trim! I have noted the colors you use for garage doors etc. What layer of colors would you use to make an espresso finish? Thanks

  2. About 4 years ago in a very large home I painted all the 10 inch base, 10 inch crown and about 10 over sized paneled doors like an espresso. A very dark brown. What I did was use a base coat paint of SW Java and then used black over that. I thinned the black down just like doing the garage doors. When I want just a solid espresso color I use either SW Black Bean or Home D Bitter Chocolate. You can even throw some black in those to darken them up more if you like.

  3. Thanks Robert for taking the time to reply. Looking forward to that ebook you are working on.

  4. Hello! This looks great. I was wondering what brand/color of paint you used to get this finished brown color. Thanks in advance!

    1. I use Sherwin Williams paint. the base coat color is Toasty, then the first coat of brown is Terra Brun, and the second coat is Turkish Coffee. I achieved the wood grain look by using the same technique I use to paint garage doors to look like wood.

    2. Thanks so much for the reply, Robert!


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