Monday, November 7, 2011

Molding Questions Answered

Who’s sick of my powder room?  I kind of am.  I’m not gonna lie.  I mean, I’m in love with it.  I’m just tired of posting about it.  This is the last post.  I think.  I hope.  Tomorrow will be fun.  I promise.  Oh, I can’t wait to share tomorrow’s post.

Here’s something fun.  A nice reader left an explanation of the term powder room in the comments…

“Supposedly the term powder room comes from a small room the was reserved for powdering wigs on the way out the house. That way it was contained in a small space.”

I learn so many things blogging.  (Thanks Julie!)

We’ve had some questions regarding the molding in our powder room.  Let’s hope I can answer them! 

Please refer to following picture…


How did you determine the height and spacing of the moldings?

We determined the height of the molding based on laziness.  I stenciled two full sheets on the wall and then stopped.  I thought this was genius.  The slight flaw in our plan is the outlet and light switch. Nate needs to cut the plate to cover both.  Eh.  You win some and you lose some.


As for spacing on the squares, we looked at our inspiration image.  We guessed that they used about 4” from the wall.  We held up the molding at 4” and we both liked it.  Done.

What did you use for the top part of the molding?

Nate ripped a 1x2 down to 1 1/8”. He thought the 1x2 stuck out too far.  I was impartial.  He nailed the 1x4 to the wall.  He then glued the ripped board and placed it on top of the 1x4.

What did you use to make the squares?

We used a decorative Colonial molding.  Nate installed the squares on the wall.  No pre-assembly here.  He cut the ends to 45 degrees and nailed them the molding into studs (where available) and also used glue when there were no studs.

Did you keep your original baseboard?

We did keep the original baseboard.  It worked with the rest of the molding so there was no need to replace it.

How’d you finish off this project?

We caulked between the wall and moldings to provide a seamless look.  We then painted over everything.  It was nice having the walls already painted white.  Made the molding going a lot faster.   Well, as fast as painting moldings go.

Any questions?  Moldings bore me.  I love them.  Just don’t love writing about them.  But I do try to be educational…sometimes. 

On a fun note, did you watch any good movies this week-end?  We watched Arthur (the Russell Brand re-make).  Amazing.  You must watch it. I’m serious.  You CAN have amazing and Mr. Brand.  I didn’t think it was possible. I now want to watch the original…

***The winner of the Royal Design Studio Stencil will be announced this evening.  Stop back to see if you were the lucky winner!***


  1. We actually went out to Iowa City to have dinner with friends and then watched Selena and Super Troopers. Party. Animals.

    Love your mouldings. When we installed our board in batten in the last house I hemmed and hawwed about the spacing. Then, we just made a decision and LOVED it. I think that almost any spacing can work, you just have to decide and commit. Your powder room looks fabulous. I, for one, would feel quite fancy powdering my wig there.

  2. I don't think I could ever get sick of your bathroom! It is fantastic and the molding is icing on the cake!

  3. I've been a little out of the loop with my blog reading... girl, I LOVE the stencil you chose, the color you chose, all of the trim work and well, everything!! Wow. Great job.

  4. Not gonna, I didn't really read your answers. It's not that I don't like your power room mouldings (I love 'em! Bravo, Nate!), it's that I highly doubt we'll ever do moulding in our current home.

    We watched Black Swan. You seen it? Don't if you haven't. You'll sit there repeatedly saying, "What?" and "This chick is ca-razy!" And you'll cover your husband's eyes when the girl-on-girl part takes place. True story.

  5. I want to see Arthur! Thank you for reminding me, it's going on my Netflix queue now.

    I played Vera Bradley bingo this weekend, but did not win. :( Oh well, benefited the Animal Rescue League so the money went to a good cause. Really wanted a bag, though...

  6. Watched Bad Teacher- had to bribe my husband to watch a movie with Cameron Diaz & Justin Timberlake, but we both laughed out loud multiple times- it was hilarious

  7. Rick was feeling amenable Friday night because I had a rough day, so...we watched Enchanted. For the billionth time. He even let me sing along. Someday I'll grow up, maybe...

  8. Powder room still looks great! THanks for the movie tip - always looking for something new and different (assuming this one is different).

  9. I watched the original Arthur this weekend! (I have been on a Liza Menelli binge lately) I havent seen the new one but the original was pretty cute, and I would recommend it

  10. I'm just in love with molding. It's starting to turn into a weird compulsive obsession. Awesome job.

    My friend Lindsey ran into the switchplate issue and solved it by adding quarter round trim around the plate. Just an idea

  11. The molding makes the room. I absolutely love it. I've been waiting to finish molding my my dining room...or rather I've been waiting for David to finish it. Ha.

  12. Thanks for the breakdown. I'll be showing this post to the Hubs, as I have a few molding projects I'd like him to tackle :)

  13. Never going get bored of this room - it is amazing.

  14. We took my husbands little sissy and brother ages 7 & 11, to see Puss in Boots. Not going to lie, i wanted to see it even before they asked us to take them.

    It was actually super cute. Laughs for the adults and the kiddies.

  15. I love your style and I think you are so funny on how you measure for moldings/board and battan! I appreciate you being so down to earth! Decorating should be fun, not rocket science!

  16. This is a lil late... I love your molding and want to do this over our tub, just for decoration, but I wonder if I buy molding for our bathroom, will home depot or lowes cut the 45 degree angles? Thanks!


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