How to Fix Those Ugly Gaps in Your Crown Molding and Kitchen Cabinets

gaps in crown molding

As the seasons change our homes shrink and expand, It’s a generally harmless process but it’s most visible in areas like doorways, around trim work, and seams where we need to fix gaps in molding.

gap in molding

This is new cabinetry that was installed during the warm summer months. As the wood contracts in the colder weather the shrinking pulls the caulking away from the ceiling. The entire kitchen is similar, but this is the worst spot.

To fix it I use a latex caulking, sharp blade and a cloth with soapy water.

Materials to caulk kitchen cabinets

Start by removing any loose caulking. Leave the stuff that’s still sticking if it looks good, but the bad stuff will likely look worse if you leave it behind.

Once the caulking has been removed, re-caulk the area. I used a large tube and gun for wider areas, and a smaller tube for “touch-ups”. Both products are latex-based and can be painted. Latex is also much easier to clean up than silicone, so if you make a mess, soap and water is all you need to clean up.

DAP Acrylic Latex Caulk

The difference is amazing. Up close you can see it’s not perfect, but products like this are designed to hide an imperfection, and walking into this kitchen now your eye isn’t drawn to the trim pulling away from the ceiling. In about 30 minutes most products dry enough to paint. some are sand-able as well.