Crown moulding and bold baseboards are eye catching and appealing, but the amount needed for each area can be expensive. An easy alternative is faux moulding. There are other fun uses for moulding, too, that can frame off any area for virtually any purpose – use your imagination or some of the ideas below.
Although the projects mentioned in this article will give you a jumping off point for a DIY project, you’ll need to use a level and miter box. If you’re not comfortable using them, you might find it easier and much faster to hire someone who can do the job right. D4 Construction can come by and give you a free estimate for any of the projects listed below (as well as any other ideas you have for your home). And if you mention that you saw the idea in this issue, Mike may offer you a discount or free add-on. Just be sure to talk to Mike at D4 – you can reach him at +1 250-572-4812.
Upscale Renovation on a Less-Than-Royal Budget
To begin creating your faux crown moulding, install moulding at the ceiling line if you don’t already have it there. Come down a few inches and place more moulding parallel to it. You will want to add three or four inches between pieces of thinner moulding, while just a couple inches may look better and be all that’s needed if your moulding is already substantial. Look at other homes or search on sites such as Pinterest for crown moulding ideas beforehand.
The in-between space is the faux part here; by painting this area the same colour as your moulding (both existing and what you’ve added on), you create the illusion of a thick band of crown moulding around the perimeter of your room. It’s a way of adding value and beauty to your home and more affordable compared to the real thing. You might be surprised at how much it looks like your home truly has expensive crown moulding.
Adding wainscoting to a wall or room is another way to creatively use moulding to upgrade an area in the home. In this process, as in the example above, multiple thicknesses of moulding may be used. In many cases, wainscoting a room qualifies as an upper-end renovation of a space, depending on how intricate the design and layout of your space. You will want a professional to do this detailed work since measurements must be exact at all corners and angles. This look can be achieved in any area of the home as well as along staircase walls.
A less complicated method of using moulding to enhance a room – and which lends a contemporary feel to it – can be achieved using long pieces of moulding all the way across the walls creating stripes. Thin and simple moulding is installed parallel to the floor and pieces adhered about a foot apart. When installing this decorative touch to a room, you will want to paint the bare walls first before adhering the moulding stripes if they will be of a different colour. Consider white stripes of moulding on a bolder background for a dramatic presentation. The possibilities are endless!
A great way to upgrade your interior doors is to add decorative moulding to create an inside frame. After determining the size of the moulding and the exact placement, measure and carefully cut your pieces. Paint the moulding that will be attached to your door and allow pieces to dry completely, applying primer first or a second coat if needed. Using a level and great care (remember measure twice, cut once – or in this case, check level and measure twice, use wood glue and nails once), attach the moulding to the door.
You will probably need to paint the entire door when all is attached and allowed to set for several days. The exception here might be if you’re looking for the moulding to be in an accent colour, but either way, the older door will need to have a fresh coat of paint since you’ll be adding freshly painted decorative moulding to it.
Chalkboard Paint in Your Home is Both Practical and Fun
For a smaller accent area, you might want to consider painting an area on a wall with chalkboard paint and then framing it out with moulding for quick and easy family calendar and/or message board. The same effect can be achieved by using an actual picture frame that’s adhered to the wall. Either way, the frame you create defines the space for a specific function. You can use simple or fancy moulding here – since it will be a smaller space, no worries about overwhelming the area with complicated design features.
Alternatively, you can open the doors of two side-by-side kitchen cabinets, and outfit the inside of one door with adhesive corkboard panels cut to size (and you may want to add a second layer if the corkboard is particularly thin). Paint the inside of the other door with chalkboard paint to create a memo area for your grocery list. Simply snap a photo of your list with your phone before you leave to food shop. Emergency phone numbers would also be a great use of this space.
And although it doesn’t necessarily need framing out with moulding, a wall in your child’s bedroom can be painted with the same chalkboard paint to keep other walls free and clear of markers and crayons. Your teenager might just love it as much for doodling.
When using chalkboard paint in any area, be sure to plan for a designated space for an eraser and chalk. Also, consider painting a couple of other smaller accents in your room with the same paint. Potted planters, fresh herbs, canisters, placemats, signs with scripture or words of encouragement for your family… the list of ideas on how to use it goes on and on. Some people paint older, scarred refrigerators with chalkboard paint and allow their children to draw on them. With a little ingenuity, you might come up with some ideas for your own home.
Plan for an Upgrade This Spring
Remember, many of these ideas are ones you can do yourself with some planning and organization. For the larger projects such as wainscoting and faux moulding, consider hiring a professional who is not just familiar with these types of projects already, but is comfortable with the tools needed and has the skills to do the job right. Spring is typically the best time to sell a home, and while all these ideas work well in your own everyday life, you might want to consider the faux moulding if planning to put your house on the market this season.
Need a recommendation? Call Mike at D4 Construction who specializes in renovations big and small. Mike is not only easy to work with, but will give you a free estimate. On larger projects, he may even offer you a discount if you mention that you read about it here.
Why not call Mike now at +1 250-572-4812? And be sure to send him pictures of any projects you’ve completed using faux moulding or chalkboard paint!