Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Taking Things to New Heights

Here we go again!  Trying to customize our builder's grade home.  After painting the living and dining rooms, our plan was to raise the height of our curtain rods...like this picture I pinned a while back that I saw on Pinterest.



 

But then there is that issue with all of that extra space above the windows.
 

Yet again I ran across a pin on Pinterest that fixed that problem...

 
MOLDING...(sigh)
 
I love decorative details and adding molding over our windows would definitely give it that custom look.  So, I told my husband to get out his tools and prepare to build something nice for is wife ;) 
 

Molding can get expensive and I have too many other projects that I want to do to just shell out a bunch of money on this one project, so we got creative!
 
We went to Lowe's and got (1) 1/4" piece of plywood and had it cut into 10" strips, according to my husbands measurements (which we later learned was too tall...8" strips looked much better)! 
 
We also needed ...
First, we cut the plywood to the width of each window, sanded the edges and installed using Loctite construction adhesive.  I was very impressed with how well this adhesive worked!  We don't have a nail gun in our DIY kit and using brad nails means a whole lot more work and nail holes that would have to be puttied.



Then we placed the shoe molding above the existing window molding and on top of the plywood to cover the gap between the boards.


The trickiest part of the whole project was giving the crown molding 45 degree angles using a skill saw, but my husband works his magic every time!! He hand measured the 45 degree angles....a little trig was involved ;) He then set the skill saw to the 45 degree setting and cut along the lines that he marked.

 
We gave the Loctite time to cure and then painted the molding using semi-gloss trim paint....we think it turned out beautifully! 






 

 














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45 comments:

  1. What a great idea. It looks great and I love your dining room!! I'd love it if you would link this up to my new linky party, "What We Accomplished Wednesday." It goes live about 6:00 PM eastern time tonight. Have a great week!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

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    1. Thanks Deborah! I would love to share at your linky party!!

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  2. Looks fabulous!!! Wow. Great job.

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  3. Its amazing what adding some molding can do. It changes the whole look! I would love for you to share this over at my link party.
    http://www.bloominghomestead.com/2013/02/crafty-tuesday-link-party-21913.html
    -Marie

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    1. It certainly is! I would be happy to share this!

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  4. Absolutley fabulous idea. I love it. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  5. Oh my, so fantastic!

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  6. Beautiful! Love you dining room chairs too!

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    1. Thanks Penny! We actually have an update on the chairs...I can't wait to show everyone!

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  7. Gotta add my "WOW" to all the other comments! You and your sweet hubby must be so proud!
    I'd like to ask you what color paint is on your walls?

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    1. Thanks so much! I am very proud of how it turned out...he did a wonderful job! Our paint color is Lazy Gray by Sherwin Williams SW 6254

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  8. Thanks so much for sharing, I'll be featuring this in a party highlight post this weekend!
    -Marie

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    1. Anytime! Thanks for highlighting this project!!

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  9. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

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  10. The moulding looks awesome! Thanks so much for linking up to the Pinworthy Projects Party this week!

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  11. Absolutely WONDERFUL!!!! Great idea!!

    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!!

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  12. Love your molding...I the same type molding above all my doors and it does make a wonderful difference...Your dining room looks wonderful...the photo of the "pin" is the dining room of KariAnne at Thistlewood Farm...

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    1. Thanks Shirley! It does make such a huge difference...now I want it everywhere! lol

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  13. Found your site via the pinterest challenge, LOVE your window moldings, I grew up in a house with moldings like that! I don't have any molding around the windows in the house I have now, your project has inspired me!

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    1. Thanks so much Dria! I love when a project inspires someone else to tackle something new. Please come back and share your project with me!!

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  14. Just gorgeous! Absolutely beautiful transformation. Are you still planning to hang the curtains? I only ask because the framing is just so beautiful, I'd be tempted not to cover it. :)

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    1. Thanks Christina! I am still planning on hanging curtains. I look at the molding everyday and fall in love all over again, but hopfully the curtains won't hide their beauty!

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  15. We are attempting molding around a few closet doors in our entry way and hallways. LOVE the way it looks above your windows. Such a great idea. Can't wait to see how the curtains look!

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    1. Thanks Marie! We are actually working on the curtains this week. I hope you keep checking back to see how they turn out!

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  16. Love your moldings, I saw that pic also, it is simply wonderful. You did a fabulous job. Hugs, Marty

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  17. Soooooo nice. I'm going to so do that in my dining room over french doors!

    Elena

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    1. Thanks Elena! I would love to see pictures of your finished product to share on the blog.

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  18. Looks great I'm during the same. May I suggest you lower the Ikea light(I have the same light) and use bamboo blinds instead of white mini blinds now we're talking beachy cottage

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    1. Thanks Karen! I will try to convince my husband to lower the light and see how it works for us. It is on our to list to replace the blinds with bamboo ones or even shutters.

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