Peel and Stick Crown Molding?

By Todd Fratzel on Finish Carpentry, Product Reviews

Peel and Stick Crown MoldingSelf Stick Crown Molding

Peel and stick crown molding? What will they come up with next? I’m having a hard time understanding how this product is a good thing. There are a couple of manufacturers out there making peel and stick crown molding. They sell it in short lengths and it comes ready to cut with scissors, then you peel off the backing of the self adhered tape and presto crown molding!

I suppose there are people out there that will buy this product because it’s the only way they can afford crown molding. What scares me is the thought of how many people will buy this stuff to “stage” a house for a real estate showing? Next time you check out a house to buy make sure you “kick” the crown molding to make sure it’s real!!

Instead why not buy a book and learn how to install your own crown molding; Ultimate Guide to Crown Molding: Plan, Design, Install.

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Todd Fratzel

I'm full time builder for a large construction company in New Hampshire. I run their design-build division that specializes in custom homes, commercial design-build projects and sub-divisions. I'm also a licensed civil and structural engineer with extensive experience in civil and structural design and home construction. My hope is that I can share my experience in the home construction, home improvement and home renovation profession with other builders and home owners. I'm also the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or you'd like to inquire about advertising on this site.

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  1. Ethan says:

    oh goodness…. i’d like to take a look at it but it really feels like the bottom of the barrel.

  2. alan herrell - the head lemur says:

    EEEEEYUEEE! Ranks up there with the 4 dollar hinge tape strips.
    Probably the same market….

  3. Greg says:

    Two words: Its Crap!

  4. threeacres says:

    Oh my gosh that’s just bad! I have issues with cheap painted pine molding. But I guess I’m a bit of a molding snob since my father owned his own custom millwork company for 11 years.

  5. Todd says:

    I couldn’t believe it when I read about this stuff. It was listed in an article about cool products for Father’s Day…..I can say I’ve seen it all now for junk!!

    • Charlie Reed says:

      I’m moving into a $$$$$$ house that has a room 180 LF without Crown Molding. I’m 81 years old and installed the EZ Peel and Stick in one day and it looks better than the wood molding, wood and professionally installed, in the house that I’m moving out of. We’re downsizing into a 55+ resort area due to age, and I know that the molding will be there when I’m long gone, and still as beautiful as it is today.

  6. Jennifer says:

    Eww… that’s gross. Really gross.

  7. Milan Jara says:

    Seems like no of the above seem to like this molding. But I am pretty sure that If you can not install molding even mahagony will look like crap. On the other hand a good installer can make even something like this look decent. But this is made for homeowners….

    Check This Crown Molding

  8. Don Clemons says:

    Hello everyone,
    My name is Don Clemons CEO of Krown King Interior Moldings Inc
    I happen to be in the Peel and Stick Crown Molding business.
    My product is for the homeowner that just doesn’t have the tools or the knack to install crown molding the conventional way. If someone that wants crown molding in their home, and can not afford to pay a professional to install the product. Krown King systems is the answer. Krown King Systems is a nail-less and miter-less crown molding system, that almost anybody can install. It consist of 4-pre-made outside corners, 4-inside corners, 4-end pieces, and 8-96″ crown molding sections along with caulking to finish the job.
    Our system is produced from MDF (Medium Density Fiberwood) and will last until the walls fall down. We realize that there are products sold that are less expensive, and they look less expensive too. Anyone out there that questions the quality of our product, please contact us for a free sample at no cost. We only ask that you comment on the product.

  9. Bruce Pritchett says:

    Looks to me like the reviewer is more interested in selling a book than in giving an objective opinion. Once you paint “real” crown molding with white paint, how can you tell the difference? If it looks good, who CARES if it’s “fake”? People walk into a room, take a look, and say “Ooooo, crown molding”, then they move on to other things. My guess is most homeowners could buy a house with this stuff, live it it 10 years, and NEVER KNOW its not real.

    Personally, if this looked decent, I’d buy it. I’ve got better things to spend the rest of my money on that “real” crown molding.

    • Todd says:

      Bruce – Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I really have no interest in selling books only sharing a resource on how to install real crown moulding. All I’m trying to say is that I’d not be super happy if I bought a house with this stuff in it. I highly doubt it will stand the test of time. Thanks.

  10. val says:

    I was actually looking for peel and stick molding reviews b/c we are a military family and move around a lot. This would be a good option for military housing

  11. LadyLena says:

    I would definitely try out this product. I don’t think many people walk into a room touching and inspecting crown molding to see what it’s made of. It’s for decorative purposes only.

    If it looks nice after installation, I wouldn’t care if it was real wood or not.

  12. Jan says:

    Todd, I think you just endorsed this product! After all, if you have to “kick” it to tell if it’s real or not it must be pretty good. Have to admit I’m smiling imagining people attempting to kick crown molding!

  13. Lore Gray says:

    I would love to try, but seems terribly expensive. Am I naive about wood crown molding. We took original down to redo ceiling and “lost” one room somehow. In the 2nd room we just took down the wood, repainted and nailed back up…having to putty nail holes and paint again. Peel and stick seems to be much more convenient, but too costly.

  14. Ron says:

    Crown moulding is installed for appearance. What difference does it make what it is made of if it is painted white anyway. If it is easy to install and looks good who cares. I would give it a try.

  15. Colleen Rogers says:

    i am looking into them because i am an apartment renter and want to dress it up a bit

  16. Savvy says:

    As another person stated, I am also in a rental apartment, and need something temporary that won’t get the security deposit revoked!
    I also just installed undermount lighting in kitchen, but the cabinets don’t have trim around the base, so you can see my wiring and nails/staples. I need something small like under an inch and decorative and white to trim my cabinets to hide the ugly wiring, and easily removed upon moveout. Stick on is the only realistic option!!
    If anyone has suggestions for removable 1″ or narrower trim, I would love suggestions! :)

  17. Deonna says:

    I have a suspicion that all the negative comments are from the REAL Crown Molding companies making sure they leave a bunch of negative reviews so when people research this and see all the negative reviews they will change their mind about buying it. This is such a great idea and looks exactly the same to the naked eye.. plus the cost is a fraction of the cost for real wooden moldings.

  18. Andy says:

    Hey Todd, quick question: If something happens and I need to remove this stuff, how hard is it to come off?

  19. Andy says:

    quick question: If something happens and I need to remove this stuff, how hard is it to come off?

  20. Brooke says:

    I just wanted to say that I’m a single mom getting by on one income, I have 0 tools beyond a screwdriver and a hammer; and my budget is “I’m splurging by buying anything at all”. I completely understand how a real tradesman could look at this and say its a terrible product that looks cheap and wont hold up over time. I would rather have the real thing! But times are tough and for a lot of people, paying a carpenter to come in and install real crown molding for you isn’t an option.

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