Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Week 3 of the One Room Challenge

Half way through the ORC!  Head over here to see the progress from prior weeks and here to see the progress of the other participants.

I gave my husband 3 sons.  He gave me crown molding.  Installation of crown molding is way more painful than childbirth.

When we built our Pax hack last winter we the husband installed crown molding to give it a custom, built-in look.  Fun fact - there is actually crown molding behind the crown molding you see in this picture.  We put it up and the realized the scale wasn't right.  Rather than remove it we left it as a nailer for the piece you see below.  I begged and the husband agreed to take that crown molding around the rest of the room.


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We have one long run (24') and since crown comes in 16' sections we were going to have a seam no matter what we did.  We didn't want to end up with this like we have in our family room (I have no idea why our ceiling looks like the moon...I blame the camera).  Ironically that crown molding install was one of the few things we paid the pros to do.  If you want something done right...


Visible seams happen when crown molding isn't properly secured to a stud (the nails pull away from the drywall).  To ensure we wouldn't have a visable seam here he secured a triangular piece of wood to the studs behind the molding where the seams would meet and then secured the molding to that.  Beauty and brains that guy.


He installed on Saturday and I caulked, putty'ed and painted on Sunday.  What a difference!



I still have some touch up wall and ceiling painting to do.





We also finally added the trim to the floor.  Our entire house is out of square and the floors are all over the place (hence the reason crown molding is so miserable to install).  We had stopped noticing this:


While we had the nail gun out the husband stalled a piece of trim along the bottom of the cabinetry to fill most of the gap.


And because I promised I'd put this in writing: I promise to never make my husband install crown molding ever again.
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26 comments:

  1. Well, the molding is seamless! Impressive work. It must be great to have such skills to tap into occasionally. Love the cabinets.

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  2. Nicely done...the crown & floor molding really perfect the room!

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  3. It looks great. I am sharing the idea of the wood behind the seam w/husband. That will come in handy when we are ready to install the molding in our new rooms. Molding in a house really makes a difference. Alaina

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  4. What a difference the crown molding makes! I've got a pile of it sitting in my garage waiting to be installed - is your husband available? lol

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    1. Ha - depends on how much you enjoy hearing colorful language as it is installed :)

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  5. I guess that's true -if the seam isn't at the stud, then it won't stay nailed in place. Good thing you got your stud to put in a replacement stud to make it work! -Caitlin

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    1. You better believe I made a few stud jokes along the way :)

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  6. The trim looks great! It'll add so much character to your room and it really finishes the space! I'm so jealous you have such a handy and willing husband!

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  7. Haha! I love you had to put it in writing. It looks great! Another great way to hide the seam is to cut the seam pieces at a 45 so one lays on top of the other. :)

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  8. I have the same nothing-is-square situation going on at my house and had to promise to my dad I would never again ask him to install a door for me :) Moldings look great!

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  9. Crown makes such a huge difference. Way to go!

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  10. I agree with Kimber, but I cut it at 30 degrees. Your solution was fantastic and since this is now in writing, I guess he could care less about future tips on crown. Although, I will predict that this may be like childbirth and everyone does it again. Look how fantastic it looks.

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  11. Beautiful - wish I could convince my hubs to put up some crown, but he isn't on board. Don't think I will win this one. Great work and loved the idea of the extra board - smart man.

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  12. Wow WHAT A DIFFERENCE - truly its the little things right? looks great!

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  13. Crown molding is a "B"! All that mitering ... I can't handle it! But what a stellar job Mr. did! Love it!! and so will you for many years! xo

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  14. Crown molding can be a bear, but having the right tools and measuring twice helps - a lot! Looks like your husband did a great job! I love your built-ins.
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

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  15. WOW!!! It looks amazing! It really looks professionally done and really finishes off the room nicely. Looking forward to seeing your finished room....great progress!!!

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  16. I've given birth three times and never installed crown molding, but I'm pretty sure I'd rather give birth again than install crown. You guys did a fantastic job!

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  17. Nice job! I love what a little trim can do to a room!!! Can't wait to see more!

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  18. Can't believe that gorgeous cabinet is a PAX hack! Fantastic job! And the molding makes the room all the more fantastic!!!!

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  19. It looks so gorgeous. I'd love to add molding and paneling to my office for this makeover, but time is running out and my husband is super busy with budget stuff at work!

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  20. For all the effort, it looks really great! I'm going to have to check out your Pax hack better too! Gorgeous!

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  22. Fantastic job! I know all too we'll about promising the husband he will never have to do certain DIY's again. Funny, I have yet to put those promises in writing!

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  23. Crown is no joke! He did an amazing job!! It looks great!

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