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I am redoing my subbasement. Originally the inside corner where the wall meets the ceiling was not taped and jointed. Some floor trim was used as a poor man's version of crown molding, and it is hideous. With Trim on

I am taking down the trim and wanting to fill in the gaps where the joints were not properly done. Both the wall and the ceiling have been textured. Is there a way to properly do the joint without having the scrape off the texture?

With Trim Removed

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Or you can caulk the joints and smooth it out. Use a caulk you can paint over when dry.

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In short, no. Texture gotta go before a smooth knife can do it's thing.

Any reason you can't just throw another crown up there?

  • 1) I was trying to save the money on crown molding 2) The room is already going to be a nightmare for finish carpentry without the crown molding it has 2 45* short walls, a couple of recesses, 5 doors, and a window. I was hoping not to have to add crown molding on top of everything else. What about calking it? – BigTex Aug 14 '17 at 3:18
  • Also, the room is a converted sub basement to be used as a man cave. I don't expect it to come out perfect. – BigTex Aug 14 '17 at 3:24
  • Here's an idea - tape it, block it, then apply another coat. Before top coat dries, run a broom over the mud horizontally, creating a texture detail. That way, it will look more purposeful. – NPM Aug 14 '17 at 13:06
  • I guess I am not following how that would be done, or what it would look like. Would it be like a stipple texture? home-repair-central.com/stipple-drywall-texture.html – BigTex Aug 14 '17 at 14:10
  • Yes, very similar. Texturing is something you can practice with on cardboard on the floor, until you find the look you want. – NPM Aug 15 '17 at 21:01

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