I love molding - it reminds me of old Parisien apartments and I've installed it in the last 2 homes we live in - it's such an easy way to dress up a room - especially a 100 year old room where you may have expected to see original plaster moldings anyway...............
As most of you know our current home is a Victorian flat in the heart of the city - some of the architectural details are just gorgeous ( if you're into that type of thing - if you're not - this post is NOT for you lol )
I fell in love with the exposed brick wall in the living room the moment I walked into this place - but to be very very honest with you, it gets old fast. Because it's a row house there isn't a lot of natural light in here and the brick tends to make it look even darker - I switched out 3 prints we had hanging on this wall - for 3 large mirrors - when the chandeliers are turned on it's magical - you can see them shimmering and sparkling in them all.
There's a little " window nook " in the dining room
The ceilings are high ( 11 feet ) and doorways are filled with detail like this
The ceiling moldings are pretty special too - all in plaster
as are the plaster medallions
in the entrance way you are greeted by Cherubs - in each of 4 corners on the ceiling
and the baseboards are almost 8 inches in height
BUT nary a wall molding in sight - so I decided to add some in the dining room -
Please don't look at the mess inside my cabinet - I'm trying to declutter because this is going to be listed for sell soon - so I'm cramming everything into as many places as I can lmho............but anyway you can see the molding - I had John size them to the exact width of the wallpaper so there was no cutting involved - made life a lot simpler let me tell you.
Although I put them on another wall ( also in the dining room and there was a lot of cutting on those )
The wallpaper ( a metalic paisley ) ties in with the hall ( did I ever show you my hall DOPPELGANGER in Brooklyn? you
can see it HERE )
Ok - ok - enough already Suzan - get to the POINT of this post already!
We have a small wall that connects the living room to the dining room ( sort of ) and leads you to the office
And there were 2 small damaged sections on it - now I could plaster them up obviously - but that involves painting and I no longer have the recipe for the wall color ( that never happens to me - well obviously it does but normally I keep every recipe for every wall just in case )
And since all of the walls connect in some fashion or another it would have meant a lot of painting -
I decided a quick fix was in order.................
John says - Why? We're selling the place
Suzan says - Well that's exactly why - we have to put a little work into staging you know
John says - I don't understand why you would want to go to that kind of work
John says - It's too much - just leave it
John says - It's not necessary
BUT he did it
and after he did it - I looked and hemmed and hawed and
Suzan says - can you make another molding going all around the perimeter please?
John says - are you nuts?
Suzan says - I think a double molding would look good on that wall
John says - I AM NOT doing another molding - it's just over kill - why do you ALWAYS HAVE TO TAKE IT ONE STEP TOO FAR...............
BUT he did it
John says - and before you even think of asking - I will definitely not do a third one inside this
I was also out of the paisley wallpaper - so decided to paint the outer space with some dark grey I had on hand - tying it into the color at least
taped it all up and started on the white
Tip! Always remove your tape when it's still tacky - not dry - especially if you've just painted a color ( in this case the grey ) or you risk removing paint.
All the moldings - ceilings / walls / baseboards will get a fresh coat of white paint this week - but I'm not painting walls - most of the house is different shades of grey so I think they're neutral enough..................
Suzan says - I just LOVE it John
John says - Good - I'm glad
Suzan says - It makes the rest of the moldings we made look boring - do you think
John cuts me off - NO - NO WAY - LEAVE ME ALONE - I'VE ALREADY MISSED ONE HOCKEY GAME...............
Suzan says - Well in the next house - there's going to be some double molding happening - I can tell you that
This project cost under 20.00 -
But the change is priceless ( in my most humblest of opinions )
Doesn't it look like it was always there? ( God it makes everything else look dingy lol )
Ok - off to start painting all the trim -
Have a great Tuesday all!
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