A Townhouse Molding Makeover

The Blank Slate

Our perfect “Blank Slate” townhouse.

A Simple Townhouse

You don’t need to own a mansion or an historic home to have beautiful moldings.

To prove it, here are two rooms that received top-to-bottom molding makeovers.

About the House

This is a 1965 apartment-turned-condo/townhouse with 1,206 square feet of impotent, contractor-grade trim.

Doing all of the work myself, I transformed this blank slate townhouse into what looks like the interior of an historic home.  Here’s a rough draft of the project:

  • Period Style  Design traditional moldings inspired by my favorite Neo-Classical historic homes — “moldings with meaning” — scaled down to suit the townhouse.
  • Materials  Buy stock moldings from local retailers like Lowes and Home Depot.
  • Ornaments  Apply affordable, high-resolution woodworking ornaments to crown moldings, ornate ceilings, door surrounds.
  • Antique Hardware  Replace door and window hardware with historic reproductions.
  • Color  Paint every room a different color with a high-resolution paint job.
  • Redecorate  Blend traditional and mid-century modern decor, the best of old and new.

Posts in This Series

Starting the Molding Makeover: Defining and Limiting the Task

DIY Molding Makeover Checklist

My First Moldings — My First Reaction

Kitchen Molding Makeover

Half Bathroom Molding Makeover (category)

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