Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Fancy Crown Molding for New Bookshelves...

The living room in this house has been something we planned to remodel completely since before the day we moved in. All the standard white enamel cabinets and shelves that come with these houses were going to get thrown out and replaced with wonderful floor to ceiling book shelves and a library ladder and all sorts of wonderful things.

I haven’t written about this yet because even so many years later it’s still not quite finished. We’re getting closer though. I just wanted to share this piece of test molding I made, oh, a little more than a year ago now, that serves as the template for the rest of it as I slowly completed the work. More info will follow as it’s even closer to being done now.

I’ve always been a bit intimidated by fancy crown molding. I didn’t know how to design it or make it work or make it go around the things that were there. This project has forced me to come to terms with some of that.

Here is my test piece for the multi-part crown molding that will go around the top of the new bookshelves. I’m so happy with the way it turned out I can’t even tell you. It even looks great in the finished product that I’ll upload another article about shortly :)

It’s all commercially available molding from the local Home Depot or Lowes. I tend to buy molding from Lowes because they sell it in 6 and 8 foot sections where at Home Depot I need to know how much I need ahead of time and cut it from a 10 foot segment that will by no means in the known universe fit into my car. I could probably save a few bucks by figuring that all out. But it makes too much work ahead of time. I can just calculate how many 8 foot sections I need and add one more to fill in the gaps :)

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