Installation & Design Tips

Short posts on all of my tricks of the trade for designing and installing moldings.

Installation & Design Tips

Videos: How to Paint Below Crown Molding Without Masking Tape

[This is part of our How to Paint Moldings series] You don’t need to mask your crown moldings with tape when painting your walls.  All you need is a good paint brush, good paint and the right technique. In fact,…

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How Much Does a Finish Carpenter Charge to Install Moldings?

[This post is part of my How to Install Moldings series series] If you’ve ever wondered how much money it would cost to hire a good finish carpenter to install your moldings versus installing and painting them yourself, then this detailed…

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Use Paint Levelers/Extenders When Painting Moldings

[This is part of our How to Paint Moldings series] An experienced painter advised me to add Floetrol to a can of trim paint I was going to use on a really large fireplace surround because I was worried that…

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Tray Ceilings: Decorate With Moldings or Paint?

[This post is part of my How to Install Moldings series.] Tray ceilings are a contemporary architectural feature that have ended up in way too many traditional style homes.  They try to fill our need for unique detail in our otherwise…

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Kitchen Crown Molding Design: Finding the Limiting Factors

[This is part of A Kitchen Molding Makeover and How to Install CROWN MOLDING-103 series.] When you are planning a molding project, it’s a good idea to look around the room and find any limiting factors that are going to impact the…

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$72.00 For A Gallon of Paint. What Were We Thinking?

What Well-Dressed Moldings are Wearing [This is part of Our Molding Makeover Series.] The Sunday we walked into a local ACE Hardware store to buy a can of Benjamin Moore molding paint, Jennifer, dressed smartly in her latest Patagonia ensemble,…

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A Man Named Vandal Guides You Through "Period Classical Moldings"

“Period Classical Moldings: A Primer on These Touchstones of Neo-Classical Architecture” Author: Norman L. Vandal Published in Fine Homebuilding Magazine April/May 1984 No. 20 A detailed glossary of Neo-Classical moldings. When I first studied historic architecture back in the mid-nineties,…