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Finishing Touches with Baseboards and Crown Molding

May 14th, 2014

baseboardsFinishing Touches with Baseboards and Crown Molding

There are many home-improvement tasks that are easy to do, and can really enhance the beauty of your home. Replacing the old hardware on your kitchen cabinets with new updated hardware, is a relatively easy job and can give your cabinets a fresh new look. And taking on small home-improvement projects will help give you the confidence to take on bigger projects in the future, like adding in crown molding and upgrading your baseboards.

When replacing baseboards, stained wood offers more appeal than painted baseboards. In addition to being classic, the warm look of wood is a natural in virtually any style of home. Stained baseboards will also hide scuffs and dings better than painted wood, and touch-ups to scratches will blend in more easily. You can choose from many different colors of wood stain to match any decor.

But, if you’ve just painted a room a special color, adding in baseboards painted in a complementary color can really impact the room.

If you already have the mini-baseboards that are stained, and don’t want to replace them, there are inexpensive ways to modify and give the room the feel of upgraded baseboards.  Go to your favorite home improvement store and buy additional trim, and paint them both the same color. It will give height and the ability to add a texture like a scroll in to the baseboard.

Now to answer the question of the ages: is it “molding” or “moulding.” Well, it’s both. “Moulding” is the British spelling and  “molding” is the US spelling. Some like using “moulding” because “molding” looks too much like mold. And the only good mold is in a lovely cheese, not in your home. And just to make things even more complicated, they’re sometimes called “cornices.”

But what crown molding can do is upgrade a room from that happy 80’s feel to a modern millennium feel immediately.  Crown molding smooths the transition from wall to ceiling and does much to define the architectural style of a room. The size and style of crown molding used may vary widely, from a simple cove in a farmhouse kitchen to a large built-up cornice in a grand entry.

Cutting the crown molding is the most challenging part of it because it requires you an accurate sight and good manipulating skills. The only trick in this is to always visualize and put in mind how you want these moldings to look and how they should rest upon the walls.

These projects can be done over weekends, or you could hire a carpenter to install it for you.

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