Shana’s Board & Batton Question

Hi Ken, I am a newbie DIYer and want to do a board and batten molding project in my dining room. I’ve looked around a lot on the web and seen lots of great projects. I really appreciate your tutorials….


The Joy of Moldings Moves to Detroit

Ken is Back Home I moved here to southeast Michigan, back to the familiar streets of my youth, from Tucson in late April. The move was abrupt and the story behind it one that I’m sure many of you have…

Our Molding Makeover Updates

Half Bathroom Molding Makeover Update

Our half bathroom molding makeover turned out beautiful! Here’s the list of finishing touches to come: Shadow box moldings with appliques on the ceiling Build a new ornate heat/ac duct to replace the old one New color for the ceiling…

Architectural Ornaments

Architectural Ornaments: To Paint, or Not to Paint

Architectural ornaments, like these rosettes on the facade of a historic building in Bisbee, do not always get a detailed coat of paint like the one on the left. And the same holds true for the appliques you install on…



Victorian Style, 1902 This tall, painted wainscoting is located in the foyer of Arizona’s oldest and continuously operated hotel, the Copper Queen in Bisbee. It is about 52″ high and painted this interesting two-tone paint scheme. The moldings inside the…

Consumable Materials

Elmer’s Carpenter’s Wood Glue

I use this to glue those really small pieces of moldings together. The trick to getting a secure bond between your two mitered faces is to allow the first smear of glue to soak into the exposed end-grain.   The second…