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Before & After: CROWN MOLDING-103 Installation

before crown molding

[This is part of my How to Install CROWN MOLDING-103 series.]

The traditional style crown molding I installed in this boy’s room, complete with these toy airplanes hanging from the ceiling, is a classic design that’s an appropriate style for the majority of homes in North America.

But I warn you, crown molding is the gateway drug to the permanent condition of wanting to upgrade all the moldings in your home, once you see a nice three-piece crown molding like this one installed in your very own home!

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How to Install CROWN MOLDING-105 For c. $2.86/lf

crown moldingTraditional/Victorian

Finish carpenter installation price c. $12.00/lf + $12.00/corner or return

The reason I’ve classified this crown molding as both a traditional and a Victorian design, is because I’ve seen similar profiles in American Victorian homes as well as very old classical buildings in Europe.

So feel free to use it with either style decor.

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How to Install CROWN MOLDING-104 for c. $5.17/lf

crown moldingVictorian Style

Finish Carpenter Price c. $18.00/lf + $20.00/Corner or Return

You or your finish carpenter can make this crown molding by stacking four separate molding profiles together.

The design is a hybrid of sorts from several crowns I’ve seen in Victorian homes over the years.

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How to Install CROWN MOLDING-102 for About $7.50 Per Foot: Part 1

soffit crown moldingTraditional Style

Finish Carpenter Price c. $25.00/lf  + $30.00/corner

This is what I’ve come to call, for lack of a better term, a soffit crown molding.

This means that the projection of the crown molding (the part the extends from the wall out along the ceiling) has a structural element to it.

The soffit of a crown is quite often a plain, flat reveal. But this one I made with an ornate scroll molding in the soffit.

The entire buildup is made from eight separate pieces of molding and flat-stock.

And even though you may be tired of me saying this, I’m going to say it again…this is so easy to make!

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Make WINDOW TRIM-101 for About $29.00

craftsman window trimCraftsman Style

[This is part of The Joy of Craftsman Moldings series.]

Your house does not need to have a three-pained, leaded glass window like this one in order to create this beautiful window surround, nor do you need a historic home.

All you need is a typical picture window to wrap a few simple moldings around, and before you know it you’ll have an accurate historic reproduction!

Here are some tips on how to do it.

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How to Build ARCHWAY-101 For c. $594.26

how to diy build an archwayTraditional Style

Finish Carpenter Price c. $2,600.00

You can build this beautiful archway with little more than MDF board, simple moldings from your lumber yard and special order Flex Trim moldings.

It’s not hard to do, it just requires a bit of planning. This one was my first try.

I found inspiration for the design in a historic American Beaux Arts building in Detroit.

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How to Install VENT COVER-100

air vent coverTraditional Style

This was a quick and simple answer to the original, and very boring, air vent cover. See the before & after post here >>

The few simple steps it takes to make this are posted below.

But I warn you, don’t look at them unless you plan on upgrading all of your home’s air vents — it’s hard to stop at just one!

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How to Make a Crown Molding Finial Return

how to terminate a crown moldingFederal Style

A finial return is an excellent way to terminate a crown molding in a room with vaulted ceilings and an open floor plan.

In this expample I used it to terminate a flying crown molding, but you can use it on a regular crown molding as well.

It’s pretty easy to make once you know the parts that go into it.

Here we go.

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How to Make DOOR TRIM-115 Corbel Entablature for c. $19.91 Part 1

corbels for doorwayVictorian & Traditional Styles

This is what I call a corbel entablature, and it’s just the thing for an opening that has no room for door trim.

You can use any style corbel (or bracket) you want.  And just think how much fun you’ll have choosing your own because there are so many to choose from!

This page is where I’ll show you what materials you’ll need and how to put DOOR TRIM-115 together.

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How to Make OVERMANTEL-100 for About $87.39: Part 1

fireplace overmantel rochester hills michiganTraditional Style

An overmantel is a formal addition to a fireplace mantel that should be saved for your most public rooms.  For most of us, that means it will go above the living room fireplace.

This is a very traditional design and can be expanded or contracted to meet your own needs.

You can customize this design by using different style moldings from what I used, and the ears in the architrave are perfect for adding your own personal touch with flowery rosettes.

This post shows you step by step how to make one just like this.  It’s really easy!

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How to Build FIREPLACE MANTEL-102 for c. $162.00: Part 1

how to build a diy mdf fireplace mantelTraditional Style

Finish Carpenter Price c. $1,200.00

A fireplace mantel with this much detail can cost between $1,200.00 – $2,000.00, if you buy it from a reputable company that sells them.

But think of all the moldings you could afford to buy for your home if you make your own fireplace mantel, not to mention the bragging rights of doing it yourself.

So let me help you save some money by showing you how I built this one.

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How to Build NEWEL POST-100 for About $60.46: Part 1

diy newel postTraditional & Victorian Styles

This is a decorative newel post.  That’s what I call this one because it doesn’t support a stair rail.

It’ there just to look pretty.

You can make your own decorative newel post this weekend.  Because this page shows you step by step how I built this one.

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How to Install WAINSCOTING-109 for About $11.00/ft: Part 1

kitchen wainscotingTraditional Style: Greek Revival or Georgian

You can find wainscoting just like this in the finest homes, mansions and palaces in the world, so why not add it to yours?

It’s very easy to make, and this page shows you all the materials and their prices we used and how to install the main mdf panels on the wall.

This is a great project if you’re new to installing moldings!

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How to Install Tall WAINSCOTING-100 for About $10.33/ft

how to install tall wainscotingCraftsman Style

Or c. $124.00 for this project’s entire 12′ wall

I found this tall wainscoting design in an original 1920’s era pattern book on Craftsman style interiors.  The home I installed this in is an early 1970’s ranch home, generic in every way.

But you don’t have to have generic moldings, and this page shows you how to build this easy to install and affordable wainscoting.

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