Another project my cousin completed for me (besides the new kitchen floor and the garage work), was installing crown molding in the dining room and all three bedrooms. Rather than try to find the studs for the crown and worry whether the nails were attaching the crown securely to the ceiling, he hung some wood first (anchoring it to the studs) and then attached the crown to the wood. This cost a little extra (for the cost of the wood) but the crown is incredibly secure and won’t fall down anytime soon.
…and as it looks today with the crown. Huge difference!
I’ve been doing the caulking and repainting of the crown in the rooms and let me just say that I do NOT like it. Trying to get perfectly straight caulk lines where the crown meets the wall is a pain and I have touch up painting to do but I’ll save that for some day this summer when I get bored and its too hot to go outside.