It’s about time I get going on our half bath molding makeover. The demo starts this weekend.
It’s a typical little downstairs half bathroom with some molding design challenges.
For one, the ceiling is low because the HVAC ducting runs above it, and that means there is little room for a whole door trim let alone a crown molding. But we live in Tucson, it’s 113 degrees outside today, so the AC duct stays put.
But there are solutions to these problems, so here’s a sneak-peak at what’s in store for our little half bath.
Even though it’s a small space we still want to put our large BASEBOARD-110 inside. In fact, we may even make it larger than we did in the kitchen.
The light fixture above the sink will get replaced, of course, but so will the oval mirror. It’s a nice mirror but it crowds into the right corner where we may install inset panels and so it will be replaced with a rectangular mirror.
Best part about the mirror swap is that I get to make a nice frame around it with moldings.
Door Trim & Crown Molding
You can see how very little room there is for any kind of large door trim molding or a crown molding — it seems like a one or the other limitation.
But I think I can come up with something so that the two are somehow integrated. You may not believe me when I say this, but I think a may even install a coffered ceiling in here. At the very least it will be a soffit crown molding.
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More Moldings Coming This Week
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I can’t wait to see your ideas for the half bath. Because I have eight foot ceilings in my home, I’m always faced with limited space for crown and door overheads. I’m very curious to see how you handle this problem in the half bath.
Our half bathroom is an extreme example of a low ceiling, but the overall thought-process of solving the design issues can be applied to any room.
Brien, if you want elaborate overdoors and large crown molding buildups in rooms with 8′ ceilings, there are examples of integrating the two together.
Take a look at this post Tray Ceilings: Decorate With Moldings or Paint? Half way down the page you’ll see how I integrated the entablature and crown on two door surrounds in a room with 8′ ceilings.
Does that give you any ideas?