Thank you for your wonderful web site! This is our first home, a 1977 ranch with no personality. We have been wood workers, building our own furniture and cabinets, but now we get to take our skills to a new level.
We started with our kitchen, moved on to the guest bedrooms, then hallway, living room and we re currently working on the dining room.
So we have almost two years of decorating going on. It would only be fair send you separate emails of each project.
Moldings designed and installed by The Joy of Moldings readers.
On his first try, Wayne creates the most complicated fireplace mantel on The Joy of Moldings — FIREPLACE MANTEL-103. And he did a fantastic job!
My wife wanted to upgrade our living room by doing some work to our fireplace. She looked at many pre-made fireplace mantels. Most were way too expensive.
She came across The Joy of Moldings website and showed it to me. I asked her which one she liked and she told me she liked all of them.
I decided, after reading your guide, that I could probably build it. So it was on after that. I could not find some of the molding I wanted so I made my own.
I have enclosed a before and an after picture of the project.
Labor Day Reader Moldings Series
This coming long weekend may find you working around the house, so I’ll be posting my small backlog of reader-submitted molding projects, of which Wayne’s project is the first.
Each project is as unique and special as the people who created them, so don’t miss out on the next week of posts!
Here’s how to contact me if you have you have a molding project you’d like me to post.
Have a great weekend!
First Aaron wowed us with his living room molding makeover, and now this!
Well I am officially hooked on moldings. Here are a couple of pictures of the latest project.
Territorial Style, c. 1880
This post submitted through the generosity of the good folks at Lazy Gardens.
These (moldings) are in an early 1880’s adobe house in New Mexico.
Totally flat, wide, butt-jointed wood, and 100% original. There was never any detailing, there are no scars or traces of anything except several generations of doors and door stops.
Under all that paint it appears to have been painted or stained with “Asphaltum” because it’s deep black-brown and soaked into the wood. My testing with paint-strippers got to that layer and quit.
I absolutely love showing off my reader’s molding projects.
And today I’m very happy to present long-time reader, Reid’s, CROWN MOLDING-103 installation.
You provided some advice to me about a year ago, and I’m just now getting back to you with the results. I followed your 3-piece Crown Molding design and it turned out beautifully. In addition, your painting tips for both trim and walls was extremely educational and beneficial. This is only my second Crown Molding project ever, but I’m extremely pleased with the results. This was a home office for my wife, and she loves it.
A Few Words from Craftsman Dan
Thanks for the inspirational site. I combined a few elements to re-do a spare storage room into a nursery.
Removed old 70’s style brown bi-fold doors, removed window and door casings, installed recessed lights.
Next I built up a Craftsman/Quaker style wainscoting using 4×8 sheets of MDF. Went with a three-piece crown molding design from your site as well (CROWN MOLDING-103).
This post was written by a pair of my ultra-motivated readers!
Well, it finally happened… After three years of having to slam the front door to get it to close in the summer (swelling), and having drafts in the winter (shrinking), we decided to ditch the old wooden front door on our 1930’s era craftsman home.
The old door might have been the original but had seen better days. Problem was, the beautiful new door we wanted was not a perfect fit for the opening (too short) and it did not come in a larger size. This turned out to be the perfect opportunity to add some substance and weight to the “face” of the house.
My wife and I have been following TJOM for some months and decided to take a stab at a front door surround, and not a simple one, but one which had a personality!
It gives me great joy to present the work of yet another one of my talented readers.
I give you, Winona!
I read your thanksgiving post from Aaron and I too am thankful for the instructions and confidence I gained from reading your posts.
I had an ugly dryer vent installed above my kitchen cabinets and decided to build up a crown on the cabinet to hide the vent.
I bought a nail gun (Paslode 18 g) and a 10″ miter saw from Amazon and then went to work.
I loved the results so much that I was inspired to trim out the pass through for the kitchen. From there I then put trim on the ceiling, and painted the ceiling too!
My husband thought I was a bit crazy, but he stayed out of my way and even helped when I had to install the ceiling moldings.
Winona did a wonderful job combining contemporary decor with traditional molding (my personal favorite combination).
For example, look at her acrylic chairs at the counter and her delicate pendant lights inside the kitchen — both beautifully framed by her archway surround. Bravo, Winona!
In the pictures below, see how she used an ogee crown molding over the cabinets to solve the problem of an exposed dryer duct.
What I’m Thankful for Today
This Thanksgiving I’m thankful that I’ve got readers like Aaron who send nice emails like this:
I just wanted to say thanks. Reading your blog gave us the confidence to try our own molding project.
Here are a couple of before and after pictures of our recent living room update. Which consisted of new base boards, a “flying crown”, window and closet trim, and entry door surround. Hopefully, more pics will follow as we continue throughout the house.
I’m slowly turning our cookie cutter house into something unique.
Matthew has submitted so many pictures of his beautiful molding projects, that I’m giving him his own category.
See all of Matthew’s DIY moldings here >>
His hard work is paying off handsomely. Just look at the difference between his master bedroom before and after photos.
The before photo shows the decorating dilemma most of my readers find themselves in — a nicely painted and decorated room that just lacks…something.
And that something is big, beautiful, painted moldings!
I wanted to take a moment to say thank you for all of the work you do on your blog and share with you something that I made.
I visit your site pretty regularly and I finally got up enough courage to attempt to recreate one of your masterpieces, DOOR TRIM-133. It’s not as nice as yours, but I don’t think it’s too bad for a first attempt.
Thank you for taking the time to do what you do and I look forward to reading your blog for years to come.
Door Surround, Crown Molding and a Fireplace Mantel
I just wanted to thank you for your excellent site.
It gave me the confidence to tackle these jobs. I did the front door first then took on the feature wall in our family room.
We scraped off the popcorn ceiling and built the wall shelves with bullnose corners. We made all the molding out of 3/4″ MDF sheets. A totally enjoyable project!
We couldn’t have done it without having all your great information and advice to turn to again and again.
All the best.
Here we have a beautiful painted door surround by one of our regular contributors, Matthew.
Keep up the great work, Matthew. You are creating such a beautiful home. And thanks for sharing!
Re-using his old baseboard helps to keep costs down
Matthew created this 7″ tall baseboard buildup by removing his original baseboard and using it for the upper detail.
The lower molding profile is an ogee that he bought separately. It looks like PM-008 would do the job nicely.
Once again, nice work Matthew. And thanks so much for sending in your work for us to post. I’ll post the picture of your door surround later this week!
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Send your diy projects, moldings installed by a professional finish carpenter or historic home moldings by contacting me here.
I just wanted to share a picture of my crown molding that I recently finished. I based it off of one your styles.
It’s 4 pieces, the fourth piece being a 1/2 inch cove at the top.
It cost $2.03 a foot.
Thanks so much for sending us a picture of your beautiful crown molding Matthew. You did an excellent job — especially getting the outer edge of the return to terminate exactly where the ceiling begins to pitch up.
Keep up the great work and we’ll be looking forward to seeing how your wainscoting turns out!
You can see the crown Matthew based his on here: How to Make a Crown Molding Finial Return.