Jennifer's Nest, Our Molding Makeover Updates

Build a Valance Box Now, Save a Cat’s Life Later. Hopefully.

By Jennifer Ken and I are both constitutional over-planners.  We tend to produce detailed, elegant and highly optimistic plans partly out of sheer high spirits.  This makes us mildly smug at times: you won’t catch us making dozens of trips…

Quick Tips

Quick Tip: The Two Most Important Molding Installation Tips I Have

[This is part of my How to Install Moldings series.] My Dubious Qualifications Prior to teaching myself how to install molding buildups, my woodworking experience included the following two projects: The Fort  Building a wobbly tree house out of scrap…

Consumable Materials

Spackling for Moldings

DAP DryDex, 8 oz I like this DAP spackling more than any other brand I’ve used. That’s because there is very little shrinkage when it dries, which is important when you’re filling the many nail holes on your new moldings.

Consumable Materials

Caulk for Moldings

DAP Alex Plus Painter’s Caulk The caulk I use more than any other to fill the small gaps on and around my molding installations is regular ol’ DAP painter’s caulk. I use it on everything from crown moldings to wainscoting.

Crown Molding, Our Molding Makeover Updates

Half Bathroom Renovation: Crown Molding Design Change

Covering My Mistake with This New (and Better!) Design [This is part of Our Molding Makeover series  and my How to Install Crown Molding Series.] Find Inspiration in Your Furniture, Lamps and Other Decor A good place to find design inspiration for…

Consumable Materials

Sanding Sponge

220, 150 Grain I can hardly imagine sanding a room full of moldings without my inventory of sanding sponges. I have a box full of them.  Literally. They help you make quick work of sanding flat-stock moldings and especially moldings…

DIY Molding Projects

How to Make a Crown Molding Finial Return

Federal Style A finial return is an excellent way to terminate a crown molding in a room with vaulted ceilings and an open floor plan. In this expample I used it to terminate a flying crown molding, but you can…