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Making it Easier to Navigate The Joy of Moldings

In an effort to make it easier for you to navigate the over 400 pages of information I’ve posted here on The Joy of, I’ve decided to consolidate my PATTERN BOOK with my more general categories that you find on the right side of your screen.

Since I have more crown molding posts than any other kind, I thought it best to start here, and then work my way through the other PATTERNS over the next week or so.

I hope these changes help you find the information you are looking fore here on The Joy of Moldings.

All of my crown molding-related posts are below.

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Greek Revival Historic Home: Birmingham, Michigan

historic greek revival home

I don’t usually publish anything on Fridays because this is the only full day off I have from my day job .

But today I finally had a chance to tour the historic home I wrote about back in early summer, the Hunter House, and so I wanted to give you a heads-up that interior pictures are on their way.

Have a great Friday!


Historic Home: The Sibley House

Greek Revival/Traditional, 1848

greek revival

On Jefferson Avenue, a stone’s throw from downtown Detroit and just across the street from Albert Kahn’s famous, The Palms, historic apartments, sits the prettiest little example of Greek Revival architecture you could ever hope to see.

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TJOM Changes During the Holidays

door trimOver the next week I have to turn my attention to the regrettable task of changing The Joy of Moldings WordPress theme from Standard, which is no longer supported, to Canvas, a theme that is supported.

The site might look strange for a while as I make all the necessary changes, so don’t fret if you visit and find things all ahoo.

I’ll set them to rights as soon as I can.


Ken O’Brien


Wow, that was pretty easy. I loaded the new theme, made the necessary adjustments to make everything fit and then even had the time and energy to play with the new colors up at the top. Do you like the blue?

I would have never suspected it would be so easy.

Now I can get back to writing more molding design and installation posts!


The Moldings of Independence Hall’s Assembly Room

independence hall assembly room

How to install moldings in a room with vaulted ceilings.

Georgian/American Colonial Style, 1753

Photos courtesy of Greg Roth.

Rather than me blathering on about the beautiful wall panels, pilasters with ionic capitals, pediments over the doors and Windsor chairs (I really love Windsor chairs!) in the Assembly Room, I thought I’d share an interesting tidbit I learned while reading up on the construction of Independence Hall.

This tidbit perfectly reflects one of my Eight Design & Installation Principals.

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CA-008 Ornate Casing

focal point foam moldingTraditional Style

Focal Point, the company that makes this foam molding, gives it the name Versailles Frieze.

And while you could certainly use it as a frieze on a crown molding or an entablature, I opted to use it as an ornate soffit in this crown molding buildup.

This foam molding is easy to work with. It’s not too hard to blend at the joints, its resolution is good, takes primer very well and is extremely light weight.

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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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