DIY Molding Projects, DOOR TRIM, Pattern Book, PILASTERS

How to Build PILASTER-103 for About $35.67

Traditional & Victorian Styles Think of a pilaster as nothing more than a column flattened against a wall.  Some are fluted, some are flat and some, like this one, have inset panels. The inset panels add that extra detail —…

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Should I Caulk Moldings Where No One Will See?

Reader Question Just a quick question.  I have installed a chair rail.  I caulked the top part but was wondering if I should caulk the bottom part too?  You can see the bottom part when standing, though.  Need an expert…

Architectural Quotes

A Place of My Own

Mandelbroit suggests that architectural ornament and trim appeal to us because they offer the eye a complex and continuous hierarchy of form and detail, from the exceedingly fine to the massive, that closely resembles the complex hierarchies we find in…

Our Molding Makeover Updates

Our Molding Makeover Sunday Update

[This is part of Our Molding Makeover series.] Today we’re working on installing the other two eared architraves in the kitchen, smaller versions of DOOR TRIM-103.  The sooner I finish them the sooner I can get to what I’ve been…

BASEBOARDS, DIY Molding Projects, Pattern Book

How to Build BASEBOARD-103 for About $2.24/ft

Victorian Style Finish Carpenter Price c. $14.00/lf + $15.00/Corner or Return As much as your home needs a solid structural foundation, it also needs a solid visual foundation inside. This large baseboard, a simplified version of one I found in…

CROWN MOLDING, DIY Molding Projects, Pattern Book

How to Install CROWN MOLDING-106 for About $4.13/ft

Victorian and Craftsman Style Finish Carpenter Price c. $12.00/lf + $12.00/Corner or Return I first saw a crown molding pattern like this in a restored Victorian home in Port Townsend, Washington, that had been converted into a popular B&B. I…

Molding Before & Afters

Before & After: Craftsman & Victorian Style Crown Molding

Early 70’s ranch homes were fashioned after the post-modern architectural ideals of the time. Lucky for us that means they’ve left us with millions of rooms so ill-defined of any kind of style that now you and I can come…

DIY Molding Projects, DOOR TRIM, Pattern Book

How to Make PLINTH BLOCK-101

Traditional Style DIY for $ (Not worth calculating the cost because they are so inexpensive to make.) This easy to build plinth block is appropriate for Victorian style door surrounds only. The necking  molding (called an astragal) gives it a…

Crown Molding

How to Install Crown Molding on Vaulted or Cathedral Ceilings

This Page Shows You Five Examples of Crown Moldings on Vaulted Ceilings [This is part of my How to Install Crown Molding Series.] Making My Case for Flying Crown Moldings It was the worst crown molding installation I’d ever seen….