Friday, February 25, 2011

Accidental Molding Masterpiece!

My hubby and I bought this house in 2005! Every girls dream house right? Okay, so maybe not every girls dream house.... but it was mine. Overlooking the peeling paint, crumbling shingles, crab grass lawn, it had some good qualities. The house sits on nearly an acre, built in 1914, this house has only had three owners including us. Unlike many homes near by, it did not suffer the 70's fever make-over of lowering ceilings, dark wood paneling, and built in planters. In fact, when we moved in the house had the original cabinets.
It appears the only thing the original owners of the house did, was slap a new coat of wallpaper on, ever couple years. After they put on at least 12 (T-W-E-L-V-E) layers of wall paper on each wall and ceiling, they painted EVERYTHING (wallpaper, ceiling, knobs, glass cabinet doors) a delightful shade of glossy hospital green, with the exception of the bedroom, which was whoopie cushion pink!
(These are my cute siblings helping me out)
After painstakingly scraping off the wall paper+paint, we found the old plaster. (Today, I slightly twitch at the sight of wall paper). The original plaster had a neat design with a horizontal stripe around the top of the wall. We liked the stripe and somehow wanted to incorporate it in our new design.

We decided to place a thin chair rail molding where the original stripe had been, with a layer of crown molding on the ceiling. The plan was to paint the chair rail, crown molding, and ceiling white, and the rest a color. Luckily we painted the white first. We were amazed that the chair rail and molding, painted white looked like one piece of thick crown molding. We loved the effect, and decided to paint everything from the chair rail up white.  Don't you love it when your plans turn out better then you envision?
When people come to our house they think we have really thick crown molding, but it really is just chair rail>wall>crown molding.  To make the crown molding stand out even more my hubby, put a piece of 1/2" x 3" cleat (shelving Material) down first, then put the crown molding on top of that, I love the effect.
We didn't have a master plan for our molding.  We bended, added and changed as we went along.  We both love the result. Didn't my hubby do a great job on the molding?
And one more before and after!
Underneath all of the wall paper, crusted paint, cottage cheese ceilings, we have found home!
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35 comments:

  1. You guys did a GREAT job on that house-I love the walls. I am not good at that stuff, luckily I have 3 sisters who are for when I get my someday house:)

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  2. Wow. AMAZING job on the molding and renovations! I love your house--great bones. Love it!

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  3. What a fun and beautiful idea! It looks amazing. Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. It's nice to meet you!

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  4. Oh my heck that turned out awesome. And your right it look just like real think molding. Love it.

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  5. Beautiful. I love this look! I had an old home with the same wallpaper issues. Unfortunately, my plaster peeled off with the wallpaper.

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  6. How I hate scraping wallpaper, and I've never even dealt with TWELVE layers of it, ha! It looks so beautiful now, love it! Thanks for linking it up.

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  7. That looks fantastic. What a great job you did. I'm your newest follower. It would be great if you could stop by my blog Monday and add your project to The More The Merrier Link Party.

    http://diyhshp.blogspot.com

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  8. I'm showing my parents my blog and we saw your blog through "it's a crafty life!" you've really impressed my parents with your chair molding! It's such a great addition! I'm your new follower and would love for you to check out my blog!
    http://brandlarge.blogspot.com
    Much blessings!
    B.Large

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  9. WOW what a job you guys tackled. So worth it though, it looks fantastic. Thanks for joining me this week...Have fun!!~ XO

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  10. That is an amazing transformation! You did a beautiful job in there!

    I'm here from Debbiedoo's Newbie party. I'm your newest follower. I'd love for you to come by and follow me too. :)

    Have a great day.
    Pam

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  11. What an incredible transformation!!! You did such a great job!

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  12. That is a fabulous job. It looks like original to the house. 12 layers of wallpaper....OMG....

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  13. Hey Carlee...thanks for visiting my blog and your nice comment. I have removed countless layers of wallpaper in my house so I feel your pain! What a transformation though. Well done! I'm following you now and look forward to exploring your blog.
    ~Ann

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  14. You have done an awesome job! This is just beautiful. You are so fortunate to have the high ceilings. I love the paint colors the look of moulding, Just Great.
    I came over from Debbie's and I am your newest follower. Please come by and visit me. Maybe you would like to follow me as well. Hugs, Ginger

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  15. Wow I love the look of that molding! Thanks for the encouragement you gave by visiting my blog and commenting. I'm following you as well :)

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  16. Fabulous!!! I love it! I am going to be featuring this on my round up tonight... thanks for linking up at the project party!

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  17. I love it! I want to do this! I well remember the days of peeling paper,etc. It makes me tired to think of it.The results are so worth it though. I am now following.

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  18. Hi Carlee! What a great job ~ looks so pretty. My house was built in 1913 and I have been through lots of projects, but it's all so worth it!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  19. Wow, what a great job! I love the look of the molding, it really adds some great charm to the room.

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  20. Your house is charming. What a great find. And the molding project is very inspiring - it looks wonderful. I'm visiting from Debbie's Newbie party. I'm your newest follower. I hope you'll visit and follow me too!
    Lynn
    www.cottageandcreek.com

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  21. You guys did an awesome job, it looks gorgeous now!! I love your little dream home. So charming can't wait to read more. I am visiting from Debbie's newbie party and I am your newest follower!!

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  22. I love your project. What a way to turn a house into home. I am featuring you and your idea on my blog today.

    http://highheelsandlattes.blogspot.com/2011/03/becoming-obsessed-with-molding.html

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  23. What a beautiful transformation! I just found your blog and am now following along. Come check me out if you get a chance.

    Noplacelikehomeally.blogspot.com

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  24. It looks amazing. Our home was wallpaper in every room including the bathroom and kitchen. They applied it right over the plaster and the two stuck together. It took us hours and hours to peel it all and fix the plaster.

    Ruth

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  25. This is beautiful! I have always wanted to fix up an older home but fate brought me to a newer one this time around.....Thanks so much for linking this up with my Show and Share linky party! I featured your project, come check it out and grab a bragging rights button.

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  26. Awesome job!! Love your creativity, thanks for linking up to my blog bash K.I.S.S. @ The Tattered Tag. Please link up more of your great ideas tomorrow. I am still laughing about the hospital green and whoopie cushion pink. LOL!! :)

    Drop by The Tattered Tag

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  27. Outstanding transformation! That's a lot of work to take on. Thanks for stopping by my blog Rustic Renditions (linked up from Debbie-doos). Can't wait to see more of your great projects!

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  28. Wow! What a transformation. Your vision and perseverence paid off!

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  29. OH WOW! That looks amazing!!! It totally looks like thick gorgeous molding. And a genius idea, accident or not. :) Thanks so much for linking up!

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  30. Beautiful! I love the color you painted under the chair rail. Do you happen to know the name of it? You can email me at bonbon251 at gmail. Thanks!

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  31. Hey, nice site you have here! Keep up the excellent work!


    Moulders

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  32. Crown molding just finishes off the room with style. Lovely. How to Install Crown Molding

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