The Difference Molding Can Make

I love molding (moulding?).  I want it everywhere in our house.  Why don’t builders make it a standard feature instead of an upgrade?  I think the housing market would be much better if so.  :)

I first added it to a big entry wall which also adjoins the family room.  Here is the wall before, and this is pretty much right after we moved in, so it’s still builder beige and very little decorating done.

Here is what it looks like now.

Soooo much better!  I still want to redo this picture wall one day, but I don’t know when I will get to that.  The paint color in here is Sherwin Williams “Baguette” which I also LOVE.  See Tobacco Road to the right under the bar?  LOVE!

This was a DIY project that mostly my Dad did for me.  But at least it was my idea so I can take credit right? :)  I did do all of the painting and boring stuff.  I bought all of the materials at Lowe’s and used the foam chair rail stuff.   It’s very cheap at about $7 for an 8ft piece, and I needed 2 pieces for this wall.  They come already white, but I painted it the color of our trim (SW Navajo White).  The boxes on the wall I totally cheated on and bought them already made.  They are the foam stuff too.  But I had a gift card to Lowe’s so I didn’t mind using it on this if it meant less mitering.  The pre-made boxes are about $12-$15 depending on the size you get.  But you can by an 8ft piece of the skinny foam stuff for about $5, so you would save yourself lots of money if you make the boxes yourself.

I don’t have a tutorial on this, but basically just get a miter box and saw that sell for about $8 at Lowe’s.  Cut whatever angles you need, then just nail it up!  We used a nail gun which is oh so handy, but you could use an old fashioned hammer and finishing nails also.  Then caulk all of the gaps, fill in the holes, and add another coat of paint and your done.  I have actually done another room in our house, so I can say I have experience now.  It’s actually pretty easy. :)  And for the boxes on the wall, there is a math science to the spacing, but don’t ask me what it is because I don’t do math.  Luckily my Dad is a genius and does know math.

And if you end up having crooked walls like us, this is what it will look like from the side.

Arghhh!  For whatever reason our walls are not totally flat and some of the studs stick out slightly.  You would never know it unless you are trying to do a project like this or trying to hang up shelves that need to be totally flat.  My Dad did his best to “build” up where it was crooked with compound, but you can still see it only if you are staring down the wall at an angle.  So if you happen to come over here, just don’t stare down this wall sideways mmmkay?  :)  It really doesn’t bother me at all, but I still think it bothers my dad.  Ha!

Now, I totally could have not showed you the crooked wall from the side, but I just want to keep it real here and let you know any problems that could come up like this, if you were to try doing this yourself. :)

Here are a few more after shots, just so you can get your mind off of our crooked wall.

I heart molding!

*UPDATE – Please click here to see what the wall looks like now with fake wainscoting*



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  1. It looks great! I’ve seen on some decorating show where they just used picture frames for the boxes. I thought that was pretty neat.

    We have two long shelves with photos on them. My husband made them for me after I saw this photo:

    Something like that might look good on your wall and it would be really cheap!

  2. Looks SO MUCH BETTER with the molding. Also the extra frames you added did alot more too. LOVE IT. Jenn

  3. Love the molding. It totally transformed the wall. Just fabulous! (Visiting from It’s So Very Creative.)

  4. Carol Charvet says:

    Looks great! You are right, your Dad is a genius and a perfectionist, too. Those traits are certainly genetic, since lots has rubbed off on you and your siblings. :)
    Cousin Carol

  5. Love the new look! And the contrast of the black frames/shelves with the white molding are BEAUTIFUL! Nice work!

  6. You and your Pops make a great team!! :)

  7. Was good to see your change.. the moulding turned out really nice!
    I have been wanting to get started on my bedroom but I’m getting
    a bit overwhelmed with all the re-doing I’m doing in my townhouse..
    the bedroom will eventually be sorta french… with the rectangle
    boxes of moulding…
    the bedroom might have to wait … one thing at a time.. yeah right!
    I love the wall color too!

  8. LOVE it! Noticed your stools. Did you buy them like that? I repainted mine, the legs black and then stained the seats walnut, but they aren’t dark like that! So anyway, if you did do those yourself, let me know because I love them too!

    (FYI-seems like there is another “Suzanne!” I’m the one from Mommy Moves Again!)

  9. Love this. I really am amazed what a difference it makes. Molding makes a home look so much more custom. Nicely done.

  10. That looks wonderful!!! Everything in my house was the most basic it could be when we bought ours! WHY?!

  11. I have the chair rail in the hallway but I want the bottom pieces. I will keep thinking on it. Should definately get a nailgun, so many purposes it will serve. Great project.

  12. WOW! Emily this looks fabulous! Gorgeous! :)

  13. WOW WOW WOW!!! I LOVE it!!

  14. I am SO doing this. I have a really long hallway and this would be perfect. Thanks for the inspiration.

  15. I love how this really changed the total look of the wall. It is fabulous! As for the wall being crooked – I used to do construction cleaning and sometims we would have to go in and do clean up while they were building. If you only knew…… But – your wall is still gorgeous and I don’t think anyone is really going to notice ;)

  16. Wow, this looks amazing! I like how you left it the wall color inside the molding and only painted the actual molding white. It looks very classy. Great job!

    • Thank you! I thought about painting the wall color white to make it like wainscoting, but our walls are too textured I think. I’m scared to try.

  17. This project turned out GREAT! It really adds a wonderful traditional element…not to mention value! :) I’m stopping by from Marketing Mondays @ Trendy Treehouse!

    I would love for you to stop by when you get a chance to take a peek at what I’ve been up to. :)

    Have a super week!
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  18. I absolutely LOVE the molding! The color contrast on the wall is amazing, it adds so much depth. It is sweet of your dad to help out! I agree with you, it was your idea, so you get credit. Fantastic entry way, I am inspired to tackle mine.

  19. Looks great!!!!! As usual great post. I really want to do that someday, it does make a huge difference!

  20. Looks fabulous! Thanks for joining us for Anything Related! ~Bridgette

  21. I also ? moulding, and your wall is fantabulous! I bought a miter saw so I could do my own, but it’s been five months and I still haven’t found the time. Sigh.

  22. That turned out so good! I love it! What a difference a little trim can make!

    Love that you’re keeping it real. We have a really crooked little wall beside our fridge. It’s WEIRD! It’s like 1 1/2 inches off front front to back. Oh well!

    Looks sooo good! My dad has to do my handy projects too, btw.

  23. i love molding too! i need to get the courage to do something like this. :) hope you’ll come share a project or two at my saturday soiree

  24. There isn’t a house built by a builder that has straight walls! Your entry wall looks amazing now. A little bit goes a long way huh? Looks fabulous. Great job !

  25. This looks fabulous! I have seen the premade boxes before but have never seen them installed. They are gorgeous. What a fabulous transformation! Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it. Hope you are having a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  26. It looks great! I heart moulding too. I’ve been dying to do this in my dining room, but I’m a little intimidated. You make it sound pretty easy. I might just bite the bullet and give it a try in the next few weeks. Might need you dad to do a little “moulding spacing consultation”, though, or there’s no telling how wacky my boxes will look!

  27. OH wow, I LOVE the molding! I want to do something like that in my house. It looks so, so good. Great job!

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  28. I am drooling! I’m convinced I need moulding everywhere in my house! I am featuring this at Grab my “featured” button.

  29. It looks great! So much more elegant and finished! Great job!

  30. I love molding too! I think I’m finally ready to try do it :) It looks great!

  31. Fantastic job! You and your dad make a great team. I would love to do my wall but I can’t draw a straight line (grin)

  32. This is so freakin’ creative! I absolutely love it. And I promise if I ever visit, I will only look at it straight on :)

    Thank you for participating the Creative Therapy session at Life in the Pitts!

  33. What a great custom look. Nice job, both you and your dad ;).

  34. Wow! Very nice job you and your Dad did! I’ve always been a fan of this look, too. Adds so much character to a room. Thanks for sharing the fun on Modern Craftswoman Monday! Rory

  35. Wow, that looks great! I’m featuring this :)

  36. Just love this…sometime somewhere I would like to do it.

  37. This molding adds sooooo much charm…luv it!


  38. Wow what a big difference that made. Looks great!

    Thanks for linking up at Saturday is Crafty Day!
    Laura @ along for the ride

  39. Isn’t it amazing the difference a little molding makes? Your project looks fantastic!

    Thank you so much for linking up to Fab Friday.


  40. This is a stunning transformation! Can I borrow your Dad? Please? What a difference! Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase! I greatly appreciate it! Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  41. Wow, that’s crazy!!

  42. Hey, I love this! Thanks for sharing. I’m featuring it on my blog at the end of the month! :)

  43. Beautiful!!! Will you come re-design my house? ;-)

  44. Hi..
    Love the wall. What are the “boxes” called? I am searching Lowes site. I would love to buy them pre-made to put up in my hallway. Thanks! Love your site!

  45. Where did you find the pre-made boxes under the chair rail? I could not find any at lowes…

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  48. What size are the frames?


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