door trim moldings

2015, The Best Year Ever

2015 has been the best year I’ve ever had for the number of readers who shared their molding projects with me, and I couldn’t be happier with the results!

Some of your projects were simple while others were complex, but all were beautiful; their creators should be justifiably proud.

And it gives me great pleasure to present Linda’s bathroom renovation as my last post for 2015. Linda is a self-proclaimed molding newbie, and yet her project turned out as if she were a seasoned professional. I hope reading her story and seeing her beautiful bathroom inspires you to tackle more projects in 2016!

Happy New Year!

-Ken O’Brien

door header molding

Hi Ken,

I have done some small projects in the past but my bathroom was my first complete remodeling attempt. For a long time, I wanted a room in my home that had character like the pictures in the decorating magazines I have seen. The character I wanted would involve installing moldings. So after studying almost all of your website, I felt confident enough to start. I figured to remodel my bathroom first because it was small. I had an image in my mind but it turned out better than I imagined. I think the best part of this bathroom are the moldings. I mixed both Victorian and Craftsman styles.

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This room was stripped to the studs. Nothing worth keeping except the cabinets because the style of everything was from the seventies. I kept the original layout so the cabinets could be reused. I sanded the cabinets and vanity to bare wood and stain them a dark espresso. I had a tile tub and drywall installed. I figured the crown molding was going to be the hardest part to do so I started at the ceiling. I followed your instructions step by step to do the three-piece CROWN MOLDING-103 pattern. I used the pictures to help me understand your explanations of each step. It took me awhile to finish the crown molding and it was hard work but so worth it.

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The floor tile was the starting point for this whole design. For the baseboard, I decided it was best to use a simple 5-1/2″ board. I didn’t want a detailed baseboard taking the eye away from the beautiful tile but I needed a wide board to balance the crown molding.

I used your instructions for DOOR TRIM-133 pattern. You did such a good job explaining each step. I followed them exactly and at no point did I not know what I was doing. I love the doors. I used the simple flat-stock for the Plinth Block so they would blend well with the baseboards.

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Again, I followed exactly your instructions on how to paint the moldings and walls. And again, I had no problem with trying to figure out anything. I am so glad I painted the ceiling one shade lighter (Basalt Powder by Sherwin Williams & HGTV) than the walls (Gracious Greige by Sherwin Williams & HGTV). It really makes the crown moldings stand out (Fundamental White by Sherwin Williams & HGTV). Side note: Flotrol is a great product. It really helped to paint the trim and doors.

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As I was getting closer to finishing the project, I wanted to skip some steps but I didn’t. As you already know, doing trim work takes a lot of time and is hard work but I”m already thinking about the next room to do. I feel as though I really accomplished something.

You are an expert craftsman but also out-standing author. I have enjoyed reading within your website. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.


-Linda Pennington

bathroom renovation