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Half Bathroom Renovation: The Hardest Wall Of All

What to Do When There’s no Room for a Door Surround.  Or Crown Molding.  Or Wall Panels.  Or….

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This corner, where three different molding patterns intersect, was the most difficult part of the project to visualize what the finished design would look like.

Dissolving Multiple Molding Patterns Together

[This is part of Our Molding Makeover series.  See all updates here.]

Question  When you want lots of moldings in a small room, but you don’t have room for lots of moldings in a small room, what do you do?

Answer  You decide which pattern is the most important and then make the others fit.


The Problem  In the case of our half bathroom, there was clearly no room for an ornate door surround, large crown molding and the large wall frames.

The Answer  Integrate the vertical stiles and the horizontal rails of the wall frames into the door surround and then use a small bed molding for the crown.

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Intersection of wall frames, door trim and baseboard/skirting board.

Above  I installed the wall panels first and then ripped the door trim flat-stock down to fit the remaining space.

Do you see how the door trim now becomes a dissolved vertical stile for the wall with the door on it?

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Door trim as vertical stile.

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The lower horizontal rail.

Above and Below  The bottom and top horizontal rails butt up against the door trim/stile like this.

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The top horizontal rail.

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Door trim moldings integrated into the wall frame design.

The next post in this series will be a short one showing how I wrapped the moldings around the light switch that is set so close to the door jamb.

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5 Responses to Half Bathroom Renovation: The Hardest Wall Of All

  1. JC December 1, 2012 at 8:19 AM #

    Why is the door so close to the ceiling? Is this a basement washroom?

  2. Ken December 1, 2012 at 4:42 PM #

    JC, the ceiling is low to make room for the AC/heat duct that was added when these places were converted from apartments to condos.

  3. JC December 1, 2012 at 5:21 PM #

    Ah, that makes more sense. And I do like your solution. I can’t wait to see everything once it’s painted.

  4. Mike December 3, 2012 at 6:28 AM #

    I check this site daily for this bathroom, I cannot wait to see finished room!!!!

  5. Ken December 3, 2012 at 8:24 AM #

    That’s encouraging to hear, Mike! I have to confess that I had every intention of finishing the install this weekend, but Jennifer and I did something very selfish this instead — we took the weekend off from working on the house and writing blog posts to just goof off (We went to the Sonoran Desert Museum and went on a backyard chicken coop tour of Tucson — no really!).

    But really Mike, In my perfect world scenario I’ll have the bathroom install finished in a few days, and then spackled, primed, sanded and caulked by Saturday. So hang in there!

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