I wanted to test out how to make fancy door moldings. Well, it’s actually kind of difficult. It’s difficult because what you pick out at the store looks so different from how it will look as molding over your door. This is the result:
I can assure you, when you’re in the molding aisle at Home Depot or Lowe’s, you do NOT see anything remotely close to what you see on top of those doors! So how do you know what molding to pick? Well, the best way to envision how it will look on your door, is to hold the strip of molding at an angle. Hold it as if the flat portion is going to be up against the wall like a 45 degree angle. so in other words, it doesn’t run flush up against the back wall or the ceiling. It rests to make a triangle with the wall and the ceiling if you imagine looking at it from the side. So pick a molding that has several different lines.
This is the piece I bought, as well as a second flat piece that looks like this, but I think I just bought a random thin piece of wood that was the appropriate thickness I wanted. So our molding is essentially two pieces – a crown molding and a flat piece of wood. The molding goes on top, and to add more height, I added the flat piece of wood on the bottom of it.
Here is what the two pieces of wood look like without paint.
I also bought 6 hooks and spaced them out across two rows of flat pieces of wood. I wanted it to be a coat/key rack when coming in through the door. I really hate measuring because it’s so tedious, but I sucked it up and did it:
I chose a very high wainscoting for this area. I don’t know why, but I thought it accentuates the fancy door moldings because it leads the eyes upward.
We didn’t have a light fixture in the laundry room. It had a set up with two light bulbs pointing in opposite directions. I wanted to help with the cute look in the laundry room so we went to a Habitat For Humanity ReStore. There weren’t a ton of light fixtures that was the type I was looking for. However, when I looked up I saw four chandeliers that were an old brass color that were up in the ceiling that I completely overlooked. They looked really ancient and even the wiring inside the line was ancient. We went to the bulb section and found dollar bulbs that fit in the chandelier perfectly, so we picked up five of those and the chandelier. The chandelier was $23 and the bulbs cost a total of $5.
I totally forgot to take a before picture of the ugly chandelier because I got too eager to paint it. Here’s a picture of it during the spray painting process where you can see a little bit of the brown dark color peeping through.
First we shut off the circuit and removed the old light plate that had the two bulbs so that we were left with just the wiring in the ceiling:
After spray painting the crap out of the chandelier, we went to go find a piece that would help to hang it from the ceiling.
We also picked up a link that looks like a caribiner. It came in a pack of three. Other options are chain links (which you have to buy by the foot at HD). This step is really custom depending on what your fixture you pick up looks like.
Then set up the white ceiling canopy kit with a screw driver/cordless drill, use a couple wire nuts to connect the wires and voila:
Now it looks nothing like the one we picked up at Habitat for Humanity.
The paint I picked up was $3 at Home Depot: Rust Oleum Ultra Cover 2x Satin. I picked an off white with the dresser picture on it.
Still to do:
Wainscoting to match the bathroom
Pick out a washer/dryer
Put a countertop over the washer/dryer
Ironing board (install into the wall)
Clothes hanging pole across the room
Any cute decals
Total Cost so Far:
$10 paint sample jar (hand brushed to last two walls, with more left over)
$60 ikea shelf (which you can probably find off craigslist if you’re willing to wait)