Here you can see it on the left in the dining room. It's very plain. This pic was before we got the second door for it. We are bad Ikea shoppers, people! We accidentally got a white door and a black-brown door for it. We actually went back to Ikea TWICE for this because we bought the wrong color one time and the wrong style another time.
So I bought some inexpensive 2 3/4" crown moulding at ACE Hardware. I wanted to spruce it up a little.
Once that was installed, I needed to stain it. I tried Minwax in the color Jacobean, a dark brown stain. I did two coats of that, but it wasn't dark enough. It also was browner than the bookcase color.
So I did something possibly stupid, not sure since I don't if you're supposed to mix stain and paint, but I rubbed on a coat of Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations bond coat in the color Tudor (a dark brown with a purply undertone). This stuff is paint but feels like a gel stain. I used a small foam brush.
Then it wasn't dark enough, so I used the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations bond coat in black and rubbed that in with a foam brush.
VOILA! Perfect. Then I added a coat of polyurethane to protect it:
I am so proud of it! It just looks like a dark stain, not at all like a paint. It turned out like this (some pics are with flash, some aren't):
It should be noted that the type of wood you use will take stain differently. It may absorb more or less. We think the type of wood the crown moulding is made out of is pine.
I added some acrylic knobs bought at Home Depot to add more pizzazz.
Here's a view of the whole dining room now: