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Installing a Smart Lighting and Crown Molding in the Laundry

by Haylie

Molding, lights, action! Here we go! Jumping into phase two of our laundry remodel. The amount of excitement that I get from our newly installed light in our laundry is about the equivalent of a 5-year-old on Christmas.

If you read our last few posts on this project (Inspiration, Phase one) you’ve seen the power of paint. Today we have a little more magic for you in the way of smart lighting!

This is where we left off with this room. Walls are painted cabinets are hung. I’m feeling pretty good about our progress so far. Just to jog your memory this is where we started out: In this post, we are installing the crown molding and installing a pendant light. In our previous post, we talked about some weird molding issues, where the drywall did not quite reach the ceiling and was instead cut to fit the bottom of the pre-existing molding. 

Had this not been an issue, I can’t honestly say that we would have reinstalled crown molding in our laundry room. I mean, it’s a closet. While I enjoy the pretty view not many other people will get the opportunity to. That was just an area we were willing to save some money. However, given the weirdness that we had, we knew the addition of crown molding wasn’t an option. It had to be done.

The good news is that it allowed us to save money elsewhere. I was adamant about adding a light to our laundry room but I wasn’t keen on the idea of hiring an electrician to install a light and a switch where there wasn’t pre-existing wiring. My solution to our molding issue and our lighting issue was to get larger crown molding to cover the gap and a plug-in pendant light and run the cord behind the molding, down the corner to the outlet behind our washer.

MOLDING INSTALLATION

Since our space is so small we opted to only put crown molding on three of the four walls. Here is a list of items that we used for our molding installation.

  • Angle compass
  • Miter saw
  • Nail gun
  • Caulk
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Crown Molding

First, we measured the walls where we intended on installing molding.  We jotted the measurements down so we didn’t forget using a spare piece of molding… because paper is overrated;-).

Then, we went to our local hardware store and picked up our molding. We made sure to get crown molding. Usually it is in clearly marked areas but generally, you can tell if its crown molding by the bevel at the top and bottom of the pieces. The bevel is so that it can sit flush against the ceiling and the wall at the same time.

We then used an angle compass to find the angles of our corners. Since we live in an older home, we now know better than to assume all corners are 90 degrees.

Next we measured our molding to match the dimensions that we got previously. To cut the proper angles so that two pieces would meet nicely in the corner we made sure to pivot our miter saw to 45 degrees. We also needed to position the molding so that the decorative side or top of the molding was against the back plate (fence) of the saw.  This would ensure that our joints would be seamless. You can better see this in the photo below. You can also cope the joints between two pieces using a coping saw to accomplish the same thing but I prefer the power tools over manual ones.

Once we got our first piece cut, we took it inside and installed it using the nail gun. We got our next piece prepared to cut.

We made our first angle cut to meet our previous piece by pivoting the saw base to the opposite direction to -45 degrees.  Making sure that the molding piece was positioned properly we made our cut. We then measured from the point or the long side of the piece to the dimensions of the wall where we were installing this next piece and made our mark using a pencil on the molding.

We then pivoted our saw back to the 45 degrees position and made our second cut. We took the piece inside and ensured that the ends met properly, made any minor cuts and adjustments to ensure the best fit. This was the board that we would need to modify to hide our light cord.  I got a feel for where I wanted the light to hang and we got a screw hook and screwed it into the ceiling for the light to hang from.  I ran the cord from its hanging point straight back to the wall and marked on the piece of molding where I would need to notch out for the cord to go. I cut the notch using a coping saw. Once the notch was made, the cord was run to the corner and we attached the second piece of molding with the nail gun. We did make sure to account for the cord at the corner as well. We cut the point off of the long side of the molding piece to give the cord enough room to run down the corner of the closet. If you look closely at the photo below you can see the black cord in the corner of running down from the molding. We then followed suit for the last piece; measured, cut, and installed.

The next step for the molding was to caulk. We calked the joints and the seam at the ceiling. I used wood filler putty to patch the nail holes. Once the putty and caulk were dry I painted the molding with trim paint to give it a nice crisp finish.

INSTALLING THE LIGHT

I knew I wanted an industrial style pendant light so I started shopping. The problem I ran into was that I knew I needed an extra long cord so I opted to buy the light and the shade separate. I got the actual light from World Market for around $10 and I found the cage that clamps around it on Amazon for around $14! It was a perfect solution.

I then ran the cord along the corner at the top of the wall behind the crown molding and down the corner of the space.

We were able to hide the cord in the corner using a Cord Channel. It is a plastic sheath that has a slit that you can feed the cord into. It has an adhesive strip on the back to attach it to the wall.

Since our walls are white it blended in perfectly and almost looks like quarter round molding.

 

SMART LIGHTING INSTALLATION

My husband is a tech nerd and my goodness do I love him for it. It really comes in hand in these types of situations.  We have an Amazon Echo. Not too long ago we converted a lot of our light bulbs to the Philips HUE bulbs that are wifi enabled so that they can sync with devices like Amazon Echo. We can now ask Alexa (Amazon Echo’s name or “wake word”) to turn on our lights and it automatically turns them on. Technology is cool you guys… So cool! So since we didn’t have a light or a switch in our laundry our initial thought was to just install the HUE bulbs. However, since I picked an industrial style pendant and the HUE bulbs aren’t overly attractive, we had to find an alternative solution.

We found a plugin switch called Wemo that pairs with devices like Amazon Echo and smartphones via wifi. So we were able to just plug the light into it and voila! I was able to use a nice looking bulb and still utilize our smart home lights and features. So now every time I need light in our laundry all I have to do is say “Alexa, laundry on” and then there was light! The thing I like most about this switch was that you also have the option to push a button to turn on the light. So if wifi wasn’t working for some reason you could still turn on the light by the press of a button.  We found our Wemo switch on Amazon.

I cannot express to you all how excited installing the light made me. Since this room and our pantry were additions, no electrical was installed in the way of lighting and it is something that I have longed for since we moved in.

Our laundry room is coming along nicely! Next up I’ll share with you how I created open shelving to complete the space. For more info on the exact links and items we used feel free to shoot us an email or leave us a comment below.

 

MORE FROM OUR LAUNDRY

Wanna see more from this project? Check out our other posts about our laundry room.

Modern industrial Inspired Laundry room: Inspiration

Modern Industrial inspired Laundry Room: Demo, Paint, Cabinets, Action!

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