How I Dealt with this Limiting Factor
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Molding Dissolve vs Molding Wrap

This is a short post to illustrate just one of the many small decisions you’ll be making as you design and install your own moldings.

The two ways you can deal with an interruption in an otherwise continuous molding design like our bathroom wall panels are:

  1. Wrap the entire molding treatment all the way around the interruption.
  2. Dissolve the moldings into the interruption.

Both methods are good choices, but I wanted to de-emphasize the vent fan on the wall, and I felt like the dissolve would do a better job of that than a molding wrap.

But we won’t know for sure until the bathroom is completely finished.

Until then, here are some installation details and tips.

[This is part of Our Molding Makeover series.  See all updates here.]

Make the Partial Frame

The wall was very uneven (from poorly feathered joint compound) on that lower left outside corner, and that meant I had to hammer the bulge flat with my hammer before I could install my little L-shaped frame.

The flat-stock lined up flush.  Time to install.

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Make the frame and then test the fit.

I used Liquid Nails on all contact surfaces and then tacked it in place with my 23 gauge micro pinner.

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If you don’t have a 23 gauge micro pinner, then stop what you’re doing and go buy one!

With the frame installed, I could then dissolve the inner ogee molding detail into the frame.

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Ogee panel moldings dissolved into the vent fan frame.

A test fit of the vent cover looks good.  Now I’ll just add that missing piece up top and call it good.

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Do you see now how I could have wrapped the inner ogee panel molding around the vent fan frame?

But I feel that would draw more attention to the fan than doing it this way.

Check back later to see how it all turns out!

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