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Historic FIREPLACE MANTEL-104, Fort Mackinac

fireplace mantel

Traditional/Greek Revival Style, c. 1828

I discovered this simple fireplace mantel in the hospital and doctors’ quarters in old Fort Mackinac.

The other moldings in this room — the door trim and baseboard — are nice, but plain. Only the fireplace was dressed up special.

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Historic DOOR TRIM-118 in Lexington, Michigan

door trim

Greek Revival front door surround with transom.

Traditional/Greek Revival Style, c. 1870

The other day I was riding my bike down the gravel farm roads of Michigan’s thumb area, when I found this elegant front door surround in the charming town of Lexington.

Lexington sits on the shore of Lake Huron, and has been a popular summer vacation destination for a very long time, even as far back as when this home was built.

Note how this surround compares to the last one I posted, DOOR TRIM-117.

greek revival historic home

Greek Revival historic home in Lexington, Michigan.

Greek Revival moldings can be highly ornate or simple like this one. To build one like this would be a very easy thing to do, which makes me scratch my head and wonder why more people don’t replicate them.

In its understated simplicity, this door surround sends the powerful message that the visitors who enter by way of the front door are important.

2016 Molding Safaris

This year I want to take you inside a series of historic homes that I find on my travels, either by car or by bicycle, hence the molding safaris. I’ll cover the major period styles I highlight here on TJOM: Traditional, Victorian and Arts & Crafts.

But this being mid-winter in Michigan, I could not find a soul to take me inside any of the homes I found this weekend. But at least I was lucky enough to find one open pub in Lexington where I was served a tasty hot lunch. But not a single motel was open, so I had to zoom north to Port Sanilac to snag the one available motel room in the area.

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Historic DOOR TRIM-117 in Almont, Michigan

historic front door molding

Traditional Style, c. 1850

I was driving to my sister’s house in a rural part of Michigan, when I spotted this Greek Revival door surround on the front of this abandoned farmhouse.

I’ve seen this house before, but today is the day I finally stopped to take a picture. And rather than wait to get home to write a post about it, I’m writing it right here on the side of the road using my iPad. This is a first for me.

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DOOR TRIM-106

door trimTraditional Style

I found this beautiful door surround last summer gracing the hall of an historic building in Grand Rapids Michigan.

I think the building is an art college of some sort, though I don’t remember exactly because we were looking at all of the wonderful art displays during Art Prize. This year, when I attend Art Prize again, I’ll find out the name of the building and what it’s original purpose was.

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ARCHWAY-102 and Ornaments of Life!

archwayTraditional Style

If your home has an open floor plan, then you’re sure to have at least one large walk-through opening like this one.

Why not bring attention to it by wrapping it in a beautiful surround of moldings and enhanced with architectural ornaments?

In the Before picture below, notice how much space there is to build something big and beautiful here.

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Make Flying CROWN MOLDING-108 for c. $3.08/lf

crown moldingTraditional Style

Some of these pictures may look familiar to you since they make up my post on how to make a crown molding finial return.

But this time I want to focus on the crown molding itself.

Especially now that I have the original crown model I made for Greg way back when I was working up the design (Thanks for saving it Greg!).

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Make CROWN MOLDING-101 for c. $3.62/lf

crown moldingTraditional or Victorian

Finish carpenter installation price c. $14.00/lf + $15.00/corner or return

If you’ve always wanted an ornate crown molding in your favorite room, this pattern might just be the very thing for you.

It’s three pieces are not only very affordable and easy to install, but you can buy all the materials at your local lumber yard and get started this weekend.

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Make CEILING MOLDING-100 for c. $50.64

ceiling moldingsTraditional Style

Here’s a simple pattern you can use to breathe life into a flat or tray ceiling.

You can expand or contract the size of the design depending on your needs.

Even if you go much larger, you don’t have to increase the size of the moldings themselves or the rosettes in the corners; you could, but you don’t  have to.

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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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Delicate Fluted PILASTER-101

fluted pilasterTraditional Style, 1754

Can you see it?

Can you see the capital of a very small pilaster behind the coffee pot and supporting the figurehead?

I didn’t even notice it until after I got home and was sorting through the pictures I took here in Whitby Hall, James Coultas’ splendid American Colonial home that’s now on display in the Detroit Institute of Arts.

The pilaster is located in the very back of a very special wall niche with an ornate shell, display shelves and doors.

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Make WINDOW TRIM-102 for c. $183.18 Part 1

window trimTraditional Style

The moment I laid my eyes on these tall windows, I knew exactly what kind of surround I wanted to build around them.

And this corbeled entablature is the result.

The design might look familiar to you if you’ve already looked at my DOOR TRIM-115 pattern, which is a simplified version of this one.

But there’s another reason why it might be familiar to you.

Well, at least to those of you readers who’ve strolled the streets of Royal Oak, Michigan.

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Tall WAINSCOTING-102

tall wainscotingTraditional Style, 1913

Photos courtesy of Paul Castrilli.

This tall wainscoting, located in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is the perfect thing to grace the walls of your great room.

And even though it’s finished with a luxurious stain, you could just as easily make this wainscoting from mdf and then paint it, making it both affordable and very easy to install.

After all, that is The Joy of Moldings way of doing things.

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Molding Painting Tip: Use Primer to Help You Choose Colors

painted mantel

[This is part of my FIREPLACE MANTEL-103 and How to Paint Moldings series.]

The homeowner on this project wasn’t sure what color her new fireplace moldings should be — white like the large crown molding above or something more subtle.

But she just couldn’t visualize the final outcome.

That’s when I offered to prime them in two different colors.

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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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