A Molding Installation Pep-Talk from Ken
[This is part of my How to Install Moldings series.]
This room started out in life with just twenty-one individual pieces of bland, contractor-grade moldings. Starter-trim.
It now has — if I counted correctly — 561 pieces of moldings, appliques and other architectural ornaments.
It’s Not that Complicated
Even if you’ve never installed moldings before you can create a room like this one on your first try.
I know you can.
It’s not so daunting when you consider a molding project like this one as nothing more than creating a foundation of flat-stock and then layering individual moldings on top.
Eventually, piece-by-piece, you end up with a dining room like this one.
The Amature Finish Carpenter
You should know that I am not a professional finish carpenter.
Nor have I ever considered myself anything other than a very enthusiastic amature — even when I got paid for doing it.
And when I was asked to design, install and paint the moldings in this dining room, I’d never installed a soffit crown molding like this; I’d never transformed a square archway into a true archway, and I’d never made a hooded entablature so grand.
I’m telling you this because I don’t believe you need years of experience under the watchful eye of a caring journeyman to create beautiful moldings in your home.
That would certainly help, but you can get by without it.
What you do need is a burning desire to do it yourself and the willingness to do something over when you’re not happy with what you’ve created.
You know that I preach buying as many of your moldings and other materials as you can find locally, and then supplement with special order ornate details from online suppliers of architectural details.
Here is a basic list of the materials that went into the making of this dining room:
- MDF board from Home Depot
- Moldings from local lumber yards and Lowes Home Improvement
- Flex Trim (for the arched pieces) ordered from local lumber yard
- Ornate woodworking details from Decorators Supply Corp.
- Ceiling medallion from local molding store
- Corbels from Outwater Plastics
Now You Try
So shed your timidness and just jump right in.
And if you get stuck you can always return here to The Joy of Moldings for inspiration.