Sunday, August 30, 2009

Crazy For Crown (Molding)

For as long as I can remember I have always loved great moldings but when we bought our little 50’s ranch style home in 1975, it didn’t have any moldings at all.  Not even real baseboards. 
Little by little, over the years, I have been having my husband install baseboards, and put moldings around the windows and doors.   It’s been a slow process because he hates carpentry work and I have to spread the molding projects out so he forgets the pain involved in the last one…sort of like childbirth. 
Last month I had a carpenter install crown moldings for me.  After I watched how much work went into putting up crown, even for the professional, I knew I had made a wise decision to hire the job out!
Prior to the carpenter’s arrival, I removed the old, dated wallpaper from the common wall of my living room and dining room, and repainted several rooms.
I think it is difficult to capture in a photo the difference crown molding makes in a room.  Nevertheless, here are a few before and after photos for Metamorphosis Monday.
This is one “before” view of my living room. 


Below the wallpaper has been removed, the walls have been painted a light sage green, and the crown molding has been installed. 

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The paint, alone, made a big difference in the way the living room feels.  It also really made the plantation shutters look 100 times better because they no longer get lost against the old wall color, which was a very pale pink.


This is one wall in the kitchen.  I love the way the crown looks on all of these inside and outside corners of the soffit, and against the darker sage paint color!

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This is the master bedroom.  (The ceiling is really white, not gray as it appears in the photo.)

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This is the guest room/office.


Now hurry over to Between Naps on the Porch  and be ready to be inspired by some great  Metamorphosis Monday makeovers.

met monday


marty39 said...

Love the crown molding. It really does make such a huge difference. Builders really don't do any molding they don't have to. It looks fabulous. Hugs, Marty

Traci said...

Your crown molding looks great! It really does make a world of difference. I love the picture of your living room. It looks like it's straight out of a magazine!
Thanks for sharing.
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Barb said...

Love the color and crown molding in the fist pics.


barbara jean

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

What an amazing difference! I love crown molding & it's high on my wish list for our house. Thanks for sharing your beautiful rooms! ☺ Diane

Nancy W said...

Looks amazing! We too have a home that came with no crown moulding and my husband has been installing it. I lucked out to marry a handy man who is a wiz carpenter. Enjoy your beautiful home! hugs from Conroe, TX!

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

What a beautiful job!

My BIL gets crazy crowing things ... heck i tease him if when i come over to visit, stand too long in one spot he would crown me too. (and not in the dimonds and tiara fashion!)

Stop by my blog if you have a minute... I would love to see you.

TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

I love your crown moldings. I need them in my house.

Sherrie said...

the crown molding makes the rooms look so finished now!

Thank you for sharing this transformation!


arkie said...

Your home is beautiful! The crown molding really made a great difference!

susan said...

I think it really is the "crowning glory" in your rooms! I love the paint colors you have chosen!

prof en retraite said...

Wow! What a difference! It really adds a classic look, doesn't it? Love the paint color, too!...Debbie

Glenda/MidSouth said...

The crown molding looks great, and what a pretty room! I would love to have crown molding here, but have to many other things that need to be done that has priority.

Its So Very Cheri said...

I love crown molding as well. It just gives a finished look.

I hope you will come by for a visit.
Its So Very Cheri

Rhonda said...

Yep! Molding can "make" a room.
Yours looks fabulous. I like the newly painted wall in the living room too...pretty room.

Jane (Frugal Fine Living) said...

Crown moulding makes such a huge difference in a room. I love what you did with yours! White moulding really makes paint colors pop.


Debbie @ The Shabby Bungalow said...

I love all your crown moulding - it makes a huge difference and really adds impact to your rooms :)

black eyed susans kitchen said...

I am with you all the way. Crown molding just finishes off the room with style. Lovely.

Shirley said...

Wow, it sure makes a huge difference. Love your choices of moldings.

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

I love the difference the molding makes! Also nice placement of your sofa and love seat away from the walls. It looks so cozy.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Cindy said...

The crown molding has made a hugs difference! I love it. Great choice of molding, too. Hugs, Cindy S.

Mary said...

Shari, it's beautiful! I love the design... just so nice and wide...I love that! So glad you finally have it completed and can enjoy your newly painted room, which is gorgeous, and now with the crown moulding, it's lovey, just lovely! Happy for you, my friend! Mary

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Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Looks beautiful Shari! Love the living room color!


Cindy said...

I love it too.

Cindy said...

I love it too.

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

That makes such a big difference! When I look at pictures of your living room it brings back memories of when I first met you and you sent me photos...that was so long ago, wasn't it?

MiniMadWoman said...

Beautiful transformation, Shari! I too, had crown molding put in our house when we moved in . . . what a difference!

It's kind of funny . . . I just painted my family room and kitchen sage green! I wonder if it's the color of the season?! LOL!

Thank you for sharing your beautiful home!