The Case for Molding (and the Giant Sequoia)

Were you able to spot the Giant Sequoia in our last post?


Yep, it followed us back from Los Angeles after Thanksgiving in that little tube. Kind of an oxymoron, wouldn’t you say?

Anyway, back to the molding. You’ll remember that we chose a soft, beige-dove gray for the wall color in our living room (to cover that awful pink—there’s a picture of the room when we bought the house, here) and were then faced with a yucky contrast between the paint color and badly stained wood trim.

So, we painted the trim. Then we had this whole rounded ceiling/wall joint problem.

(Look, ma! No corners!)


We didn’t want to continue the wall color over the ceiling because we didn’t want the living room to resemble a cave. But there was no natural stopping point for the paint.

We like the rounded ceiling—kind of goes with the arched doorways, don’t you think? But see how there’s no stopping point for the paint color?


Our solution? Molding!

After picking out the style we wanted (cheap)—we went with a pre-primed particle solution, knowing full well we’d paint it anyway—we marked the walls with level lines. This is an important step when your house is kind of not level.


Using a manual saw and a miter box, Chris made it all happen. I was, of course, the super-handy-molding-holding assistant.

We had to use extra long finishing nails because of the plaster walls—anything too short would just pull right out. We also had to caulk ever last centimeter of the seam because of our highly textured walls.


Chris spent a little extra effort on the corners. They are where the curves meet in a curving seam. Chris had to miter the molding at the standard 45* angle and then hand-whittle the curves to get a perfect fit.


After some debate (and a few test swatches) we settled on painting the molding bright, glossy white like the baseboards and trim, and the ceiling a glossy creamy color. The walls are an eggshell finish, but we really wanted that light, creamy, reflective quality of a semi-gloss finish on the ceiling.


It has exactly the effect we were hoping for! It brightens the ceiling and actually seems to raise it up a little. It really glows in all the natural light we get. Note: the lights are not on for any of these photos and we don’t use a flash.


Doesn’t the crisp molding look fantastic with the freshly painted, bright white door and softly toned walls? We love it!

While it looks like a totally different room than the one we walked through last fall while house shopping, it looks like a much better version of the original house. We’ve really been trying to keep the permanent things we’re doing to the house in line with its age and style, and guests can’t believe the molding hasn’t always been there. Score!

Now, with the living room walls painted a soft greige tone, the windows custom outfitted with solid wood blinds, the trim and baseboards a glossy white, and the door windows filtered, we can start focusing on inserting the funkiness (through décor) that is necessary for it to look like the house really belongs to us.

Shopping, anyone?

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4 Responses to The Case for Molding (and the Giant Sequoia)

  1. Pat Biggs says:

    Love the crown moulding. It puts such a nice finish to a room. I have kind of been in withdrawals because you haven’t been posting about your house. This morning I am feeling better, after SEEING the nice touches…

    • Teresa says:

      Haha, thanks, Pat! You’re the sweetest! We know we’ve been slacking lately…in blogging, not projects! There will be more to come, promise!

  2. Mom says:

    I’ve been suffering too, missing the blogs!!!
    Can’t wait to see you Friday and will bring my painting clothes with!!

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