How to Add Value to Your Home with Molding

by Karianne WoodOctober 31, 2016

Designed for function rather than form, many homes built today often lack personality and charm. The good news? Adding character to a home is easier than you might think. The solution may be as close as the molding aisle at your local home improvement store. Looking to add a value to your home with a little facelift?

Here are a few molding ideas and some inspiration to get you started.

1. Window moldings

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In a newer home, many times windows are simply framed out with drywall or simple four-inch moldings. To add a little personality to existing windows, instead frame out windows with a six-inch pine board. Next, add a heading over the windows with an additional ten-inch board. Lastly, add crown to the top of the windows for height and cover the seams of the molding header with picture frame molding.

One quick decorating tip, hang curtains a few inches down from the ceiling over the molding. This draws the eye upward and adds height to the room.

2. Door moldings

Builder grade doors come with a simple four inch molding surrounding the sides of the door. Using the same technique discussed above, add molding to a door. This project can be a little overwhelming, but you don’t need to tackle all the doors at once. Begin with a high profile door and enhance with molding and a new header. Then slowly add molding to other doors in the home as time permits.
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3. Faux transom

Transom windows were often used in old homes to help promote air circulation and let additional light into the space. Mimic the look of transoms with this faux transom molding treatment. Begin by framing out the window with a six-inch pine board. Create a faux transom with a frame of four-inch boards added over the window. Next, attach crown to the top of the frame for height, cover the seams of the molding header with picture frame molding and add molding to the inside of the frame to create the look of a faux transom.
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4. Plate rack

In addition to being used for decoration, molding can also be used to transform a blank wall with a simple plate rack project. To create this plate rack, start with a 1”x2” board that frames out the space. Next, add additional 1” x 2” boards inside the frame as shelving. Lastly, add molding to the front of the framed shelves to hold the plates as shown. Paint the entire plate rack white to create the illusion it’s built in. You can also add a family recipe in vinyl letters to the back of the plate rack for a fun, whimsical addition to any kitchen.

Adding molding to your existing architecture is an easy, inexpensive way to add value to your spaces. Choose your project: window moldings, door moldings, faux transoms, or a whimsical plate rack. You’ll be surprised how small changes and a little bit of molding will create impact, character, and personality to your home.


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About The Author
Karianne Wood
KariAnne writes the lifestyle blog, Thistlewood Farm, from the back porch of her turn-of-the-century farmhouse in the beautiful rolling hills of Kentucky. Thistlewood Farm was awarded Country Living Decorating blog of the year as well as named one of the top 10 decorating blogs by Better Homes and Gardens. KariAnne loves to paint mismatched chairs, listen to the crickets singing in the back pasture, walk hand-in-hand with her knight-in-shining armor as the sun sets over the river and drink sweet tea with lime during a thunderstorm. And she has never met a decorating project she didn't like.

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