My best friend called one day with a plan…she had a beautiful new home, but she wanted the molding detail of older homes. She is also married to an amazing man, but he doesn’t tend to get as excited about projects as we do. There was no way we were talking him into taking perfectly good molding down just to put up different molding…
Hence the plan…no taking down…just adding to.
Here is what her molding looked like before…
Just plan builders molding. BORRRRRIIIINNNG!!!!!! What I have in my house…but boring just the same…heheeee.
Boring no more!
We did all the doors and windows in the main part of her house.
Sorry I don’t have any “during” pictures..we actually did this before I was blogging… but you can see in this picture that we simply took a board and laid it on top of the molding…put a piece of trim over the seam and then put a small crown molding on top of that…
Voila! Her room went from ordinary to extraordinary in just one afternoon!
Update: Heheee…My daughter just read the draft of this post and said….”You simply did what?”
Guess I better let Mr. Amazing try to explain this a little better…
You can kind of see in this picture that we got some 1×6 hardwood and cut it to exactly the same length as the top casing (trim). You want to use either a nice piece of hardwood, (ash, oak, etc) or a piece of kiln dried clear fir (no knots) to get a nice smooth presentation. This 1×6 is attached directly over the top casing with a finish nail in each corner. Then we added a 1/2″ piece of half-round trim over the seam between the casing and our 1×6. We then used our miter box and some finish nails to wrap the top edge of the 1×6 with small crown molding.
See? Like I said…voila!
This project is so easy and really gives you a huge bang for your buck.
Have you ever added molding like this?