How to Install End Panels and Moldings

Instructional Video and Written Instructions for your DIY Cabinet Project

Tools Needed

  • Wood Glue (We recommend Gorilla Wood Glue)
  • 23 Gauge Micro Pin Nailer
  • Small Compressor (120 PSI)
  • 3/4 inch Pin Nails
  • Multi-tool with a cut-off blade
  • 1 1/4″ pin nails
  • Miter Saw
  • 18 gauge Brad Nailer
  • 1 1/4″ Brad Nails (needed for moulding on bottom of uppers, ie. Light Valance/light rail)

We also recommend a second person to help install the molding.

Before adhering anything to your cabinets, make sure to dry fit the pieces first. You don’t want to find out after you’ve attached that you’ve made a bad cut.

End Panels

Once you’ve dry fit your end panel, place a reasonable amount of glue along the backenough to cover the majority of it once the glue spreads during adhesion. You do not need to spread the glue around by hand. Place the end panel up and press it firmly, making sure it is perfectly aligned.

Take your nailer and put pin nails along all the edges that will be covered by molding, being careful to be as close to the edge as possible. You will want to make sure they will becovered by the corner molding and scribe.

Be sure to dry fit your pieces first and make sure they are flush and fit correctly.

Toe Kick

The toe kick is the 1/4 inch piece that sits behind the base molding that lives between the bottom of your cabinet box and the floor. This to keep everything the same color. Because this most likely is adjacent to your base molding, you will have to remove a piece of that.

Use a small piece of the 1/4 inch as a guide. Take your multi-tool with the cut-off blade and carefully cut the base molding to the wall. Remove that small piece of base molding.

Measure the old toe kick. Remember, all of our moldings come in 8 foot sticks, so if it’s more than 8 feet long, you will have to install it using two pieces. Cut the pieces to size and use pin nails to adhere them.

Corner Cap Molding

Dry fit the corner cap molding to the corner it will be at to make sure its properly cut to size cut and completely flush.

Now it’s time to adhere it to the edge. If you glue it, be careful and use the glue sparingly (small beads) so it does not seep out either side of the molding. You don’t want that kind of aesthetic problem later on. Take your pin nailer and put a pin on each of the four corners, making sure the corner cap molding is pushed tightly to the edge.

Now check the entire corner cap molding and place a pin anywhere its not staying pretty flush to the cabinet. Mitigate as many nails as possible in this process.

Scribe Molding

The scribe molding has a flat edge on one side and a beveled edge on the other. The flat edge will be going against the wall. Dry fit and make sure that the molding is flush to the cabinet and properly cut. Pressing the scribe into the wall as tightly as possible using a couple fingers, put a pin nail into first the bottom and top. Then, with every pin nail placed in the middle, make sure you’re pressing the scribe as flush to the wall as possible.

We recommend finding a friend to help you cut miters if you’ve never done this before.

Crown Molding

Cut your crown molding close to size, leaving a bit extra. Hold the piece up to the cabinet and mark where it actually lines up to the edge of the cabinet. Cabinet boxes aren’t always perfectly square so it’s important to make sure you double check the measurements this way. Do this with every piece before moving onto the next step.

Cut the pieces to size and dry fit to make sure any meeting edges fit together nicely and that it’s properly fitted. Nail together your miters before installing (this is the perfect time to have that second person on hand). After putting a tiny bit of glue on one side, have your second person hold together the pieces of molding while you put pin nails into it. Two pin nails should be at the top and bottom going into one side, and a third going the other direction for stability. Let it sit for a bit as it’s drying.

With your partner, hold the joined molding as tightly to the ceiling as possible and adhere the crown molding to the cabinet box with the larger pin nails. At every nail point, press the crown molding as tight to the cabinet box and ceiling as possible.