Window Molding

Window Molding

 

I think there is a myth about old farmhouses that were built in 1918.

I think it was started in 1922 by a farmer who really wanted to sell his farmhouse.

Somehow the rumor got started that old farmhouses are full of moldings and decorative details and beautiful old trim.

Uhhh.  Negative.

Now maybe there is a farmhouse built somewhere in a land far far away by an overly exuberant farmer with a fine decorative eye who was light years ahead of his other farmer friends.

But he sure didn’t live here.

I think our farmer was too busy….well….farming.  You know….milking the cows, feeding the horses, cutting the hay, checking on the crops and all that.

Which didn’t leave much time for crown molding.

 

 

But you see, we don’t farm, or milk cows, or cut hay.  So we have plenty of time for moldings.

Crown moldings and door moldings and ceiling moldings and floor moldings.

Let’s just say….we never met a piece of molding that we didn’t like.

And after the house was all “moldinged up.”  I was so happy.  Which made my husband so happy.

Because he thought we were done.

Seriously?

He should have known better.

I was just getting started :)

I mean, we hadn’t even begun to address all the empty spaces over the windows.

 

 

 

If you have ever priced out molding, you know how expensive it can be.  Especially 10″ window moldings.

Really?  We have four children to put through college one day.

And n the world of molding two key things to remember are (1) paint is your friend and (2) a little plywood goes a long way.

 

So here’s our $22.00 molding solution.

 

 

(1)  We had Home Depot cut down a sheet of 1/4″ plywood to 8″ strips.

(2)  My husband cut down the 8″ strips to 36″ in width (you would cut it to whatever the width of your window is) and then he nailed them above the 5″ piece of pine that was already on the window.

 

 

(3)  Next we added 3″ crown molding to the top.  And then noticed all the gaps.

Yikes.

When you are built in 1918, nothing is ever level.

And there is always an extra space here and there.

 

 

(4)  So no worries.  We just added picture molding to cover the gap.

(5)  Then we caulked.

(6)  Then we primed.

 

 

(8) And painted the moldings with one coat of glossy white paint.

(9)  We let it dry and painted it again.

 

 

(10)  After you finish the project, add burlap curtains, count your pennies and buy a milking cow with the money you saved.

 

I think it’s a lot of window drama for only $22.00.

I wonder what that farmer would think of his front parlor windows now?

Probably not too much.

He’d probably just shrug his shoulders and tell me the plywood should have been used to patch up the barn :)

 

PS  For some incredible pictures of mountains and big skies and a barn that doesn’t need any extra plywood check out Muddy Boot Dreams’ post here*sigh*  Truly beautiful.

PPS  I am partying over at Addicted 2 Decorating  and Kim’s and Funky Junk today.

PPS  Thank you to Debbie over at  Bungalow for the incredible feature!  You made my entire weekend!

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Comments

  1. clever moulding trick.
    PS- I heard the diapers were for Lisa’s lips, they were leaking!
    Happy Day my friend!
    laura

  2. Well Hello, I used to follow you sooo long ago and lost touch……..saw your name over at at Kim’s, so nice to re-connect…..can’t wait to poke around on your site, always loved your style…..

    And LOL to above comment about Lisa’s lips……..

    All the best,
    Kathy :)

  3. Love what you guys came up with! Absolutely beautiful!

  4. Penny @ The Comforts of Home & Flea Market Makeovers :

    Oh How Wonderful! I love that look and I will store that away in case one day I am lucky enough to find an old farmhouse and live happily ever after in….love it!

  5. Wow, what a great transformation! Once it’s all covered with paint, nobody would guess what the moulding is made from. Well, unless they read your blog, of course ;-) I love projects like this that don’t cost a lot of money but look like they do :-)

    Have a great weekend!

  6. Karianne, Beautiful up grade. You are turning it into a grand ole farm. Mrs. Farmer would have been more impressed I think. Have a wonderful weekend.
    Joyous Wishes, Linda

  7. This is suck a great affordable trick. Just as you said, that’s a lot of window drama for $22.

  8. Karianne,

    So when are you coming to Indiana? Because you KNOW you are just dying to make a trip!! ha ha!! And your mouldings….oh darling I am practically swooning, okay let’s be honest I am swooning, no practically about it! :) OH the flutterings… sorry I’ve been reading Jane Austin at night since no one wants to watch any of the movies with me. What is wrong with boys these days? ;)

    I know my husband isn’t going to thank you but I do believe we are going to have to try this out somewhere…. only they will be tiny because when you have shorter than standard ceilings (I mean really whose bright idea was that!) you have to get creative.

    Once again splendid job! I just love, love, love what you have done to the old girl! (and mr farmer well he probably wouldn’t have even noticed as mrs farmer would have done the work herself while he was out in the fields… it would have been winter and by then he would have been so used to it that he would still be scratching his head trying to figure out where that sheet of plywood went…) Have a wonderful weekend!

  9. I love a good molding trick! Turned out beautiful!

    –Katie

  10. Beautiful! I have lots of space in my family room above my windows. I will be sharing your post with my husband very soon……..
    Love it!
    Tammie

  11. Brilliant AND beautiful… and did your ceilings just get taller?

  12. Great idea and it looks like expensive molding! I love your dining room and now want burlap curtains. I hadn’t heard about Lisa Rinna and the adult diapers—too funny! Have a great weekend in your beautiful farm house!

  13. That looks fantastic. What a clever idea.

  14. Looks awesome! Caulking is my best friend. I’m working with trim installed by a do-it-yourselfer biologist who never did it himself prior to this trim job and it shows, blatantly!

    I have high hopes of achieving a look that is at least half as awesome as yours before the summer is up!

    xox

  15. Lisa Rinna? Really? How did I miss that one? I love your moldings and as always you were so clever to use the plywood :)

  16. I hear ya loud and clear. The farmer who built our farmhouse almost 100 years ago was quite literally a “thrifty scotsman” I know because he was my thrifty grandfather. No bells, no whistles, not even a root cellar which most old farmhouses are known for. However, the house is built with real 2″ by 12″ oak planks that will be here long after me. Trying to put details in an old house can be very frustrating!!

  17. Love it! I did a similar look to my windows, but I don’t have the gorgeous old farmhouse. I have the cookie cutter, builder grade house I’ve been trying for years to make look old. Crazy, eh?

  18. Okay, you know how crazy I am about this! So much so that I had to call you the minute I read the last word … I’m just giddy with excitement!

    I love a cheap and easy DIY!!!!!

    :)

    Linda

  19. Gor-Geous!!!! Love the end result. Always amazed at the afters… Looks like a kajillion-million bucks ;)

  20. Oh my WORD – that is an absolutely amazing transformation and tutorial.

    WOW. Quite impressive and omg does it ever make a difference!

    You two stun me!

    VERY VERY WELL DONE!!!!!

  21. Thank you for the PS, that is so sweet…was wondering where all the extra comments came from. The scenery on the Coquahalla is spectacular, all I did was click the camera.

    Love your molding, sigh…oh for big ceilings, and more molding. What an amazing idea, and it looks so wonderful. All for only $22.00 I am blown away. Guess who is dragging her husband over to the computer to see some wonderful transformations, and how easy they are to do…..hello hubs?

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

  22. How did you think of that? Your window molding is knock down gorgeous!

  23. Yet another simply STUNNING project. You constantly amaze me with the things you’ve put together. Love this so much!

  24. I want to do this above our front door. Love it!!

    I ordered a custom quote pillow this morning. These are wonderful!

  25. Hi Karianne,
    Another home run! Your molding looks amazing! Thanks for the tips and tutorial. I’m pinning this. :)
    Nice way to spend $22 bucks! You got a lotta bang.
    -Revi

  26. I can’t believe that you guys did that moulding for $22 yourselves!!! I thought for sure that you had purchased that old farmhouse complete with gorgeous afore mentioned mouldings in place! Gah! SO jealous that you can get your hubs to cooperate with your visions. I have to call Billy, my handyman for such tasks.
    It looks truly gorgeous, K. You know I love your style! So don’t be surprised if I steal this idea to implement in my family room! I will of course, link back to you! It could take me years at the rate I am going though, so don’t hold your breath! ;-) I have to get though my kitchen repair/reno that starts next week, thanks to my nasty leak upstairs.
    As for Ms. Rina…I think judging by the size of the lips, I’m not sure wise choices come naturally. Although, I hear she may regret making them as big as they are… Living out here in LA – LA Land, really provides an interesting perspective on these things. I feel like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz.
    To that end, thanks for showing us what’s behind the curtain! ;-) Your windows look like a million bucks!
    xo
    -Lisa

  27. I am totally pinning this. Look at you giving a tutorial, with numbered steps and all. ;) Great solution with the picture molding … caulk is always my best carpentry friend.
    Now I need to go check all of your links!
    Karah

  28. Genius and gorgeous!!

  29. Oh Lordy, now I have another thing added to the list of things I want to do in my home! Thanks a lot Karianne! ;-) Truly, though, it looks just incredible and makes such a huge impact for so little money. So, have you gotten your milking cow yet?
    Vanessa

  30. So brilliant, and SUCH a huge difference! The farmer would love it. Or he might not, but then he’d be wrong, and he should stick to cow-milking.

  31. Oh, I do wish you hadn’t found my to do list… I forgot all the things that were on it, and then I remember them when I see you actually do them… So when I post my smocked curtains with my super awesome window moldings, not only will our hearts look alike, but our family rooms as well…

  32. I love your moldings, such a great idea.Your original moldings were already wider than ours, so I think we definitely need to upgrade!

  33. Holy cow! This is seriously amazing. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! Such a HUGE upgrade. I think my husband may cry when I tell him about this, because he’s going to know that I’m gonna want it..

    I’m a new follower!

  34. Now, back in the day of 1918, they were not paying much attention to the molding…with chickens running back and forth through the house, they thought it was a good thing that they had feathers sprinkled here and there for that soft, fluffily, freshy texture in their decor…who needs moldings when you have chicken feathers!!!

    Now, you know…WE MATCH!!….most of my doors and doorways have the same trim over them!!!…but YOU PAID $22…now I really need to have a “conversation” with my trim carpenter….

    The windows look fantastic…..So glad you have enough money left for that cow…Please don’t tell me that you will be milking and making butter!!

  35. Oh, your windows look BEAUTIFUL! And I love that it was such an affordable fix! Great inspiration!

    P.S. Unfortunately, I know EXACTLY what you mean about un-level old houses. It’s so frustrating, isn’t it?! :-) Thank goodness for caulk. And wood filler. And paint.

    Have a great weekend!

  36. Old Farmer Brown (I just named your farmer!) could buy lots of cows with all the money he saved if he’d put molding up….seriously, ya’ll did a fabulous job and I’m so jealous. Now I’m gonna walk around the house and see where I can add some of that molding..

    xoxo,
    Judy

  37. Wow I like what you have done such a big difference and to have done it so cheaply is great, I have a habit of adding photos to the space above the windows…………..

  38. Ok…. I don’t show just anything to Brawn, but I showed him your $22 crown mold. Excellent!

    Running over to see your sisters pillows, those Thistlewood ladies are talented.

    Bliss

  39. Sherry Woolever :

    Love ALL of it! Sorry if this has already been answered and I missed is, but can you tell me more about the burlap curtains, did you purchase them already smocked or did you do that yourself and do you have directions or blog!! Repinning now!!!

  40. WOW!!!!!!!! Can I come live with you!?! LOL! That is amazing. It makes your room look like a whole new place! You are amazing!

  41. there isn’t a single thing in your home that i don’t just love–this molding is so awesome, karianne!

  42. Serendiipity Designs :

    I did the very same thing at my new “old” house once I learned that paint and caulk can make everything look good. Yours is GORGEOUS and the scale of the room is FAB! Congrats!

  43. Kari,
    I hear you – when we bought our 100+ year old house, it had no architectural interest whatsoever! The bookshelves looked like someone that plowed a field all day found 4 minutes of time to build them! So I hear you on adding interest whenever possible! Love this!!
    Kelly

  44. Okay, when I saw her commercial last night, I too was like “really? Isn’t she a little young for that?!” :) So I’m glad I’m not the only one questioning her advertising sponsors these days. Jeez. Must be slow in Hollywood.

    But more importantly, the moldings are beautiful. Well done girl!

  45. What a perfect solution…. the plywood and trim add SO much! I am in love with this idea and for sure have it pinned for the future! I can’t wait to start doing projects like this at my new house!!! :) Thanks for the inspiration!
    Jaime

  46. Came back to pin… you tell you web chicken to get you a favicon…now. Or I’ma hack in and do it for you!

  47. Kari, that trim is fabulous. I wish we could add more here. It makes such a world of difference. Yes, hard working farmers didn’t care much about mouldings.

  48. Your moldings are fabulous Karianne; love them!! I also enjoyed how you told your molding tale, especially because I can soooo relate. Not because I have a wonderful farm house like you but because I have what I call a working man’s cottage. Just like those hard-working farmers, working men – and women – were just too darned busy! In our wee and lovely cottage the only room with embellishments (coved ceiling, inlaid walnut in oak floors and a quaint fireplace [which we remodeled to make fab!]) is the living room ~ originally with a door to close it off from the rest of the house. All the other rooms are practical and that’s it. As we’ve remodeled each room we’ve made a point adding special touches… like great moldings around the windows. A perfect way to make a room… and a house/cottage… special!!
    Victoria

  49. I love this Karianne! There is something that drives me crazy and that’s the large space between the window and the ceiling. It seriously makes me nuts! I have often thought of trying something like this. I’m so glad you did it and posted all these great pics for us! Thank you! I LOVE your dining room!

    Angie

  50. Wow-ow-ow, KariAnne! That looks SO wonderful. I thought it looked great before and couldn’t imagine you thought it looked too bare, but I do love the new and improved trim. Fantastic!!

  51. Saw your link on addicted2decorating and loved it! I’ve been trying to think of something for my two windows in the family room, and I think this could be the perfect solution! Great idea!

  52. I always feel stupid being the seventy-fifth commenter, but you are right about old farmhouses. When I was in graduate school (which my family still refers to as ‘antique camp’, I learned all about it, most of which I have forgotten. Anyway, I grew up in an 1876 farmhouse and there was no crown molding in sight. But the main house on the property (the village grew and filled in the empty lots between ours and the main house) had beautiful moldings. Generally, farmers weren’t formal.

  53. Wow, Wow, Wow, just beautiful! I would love to have this look, y’all did a fabulous job with the molding. This should be in a magazine, seriously! I’m bookmarking this for my husband to read and maybe down the road maybe I’ll do something like this. I have to say I Love the smocked curtains. I want them somewhere in my house, gorgeous!!!! Great post……..

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

  54. Yet ANOTHER amazing transformation, Karianne! I’m looking at my windows as I type this to see if I can give them the “Karianne” treatment! I can’t believe how much of a custom, expensive look it gave your windows, which are in one of my favorite rooms in your house! Thanks for the idea!

  55. It is beautiful! I love molding…and luckily, married a trim carpenter! They use all kinds of good eye-tricks like this. It adds so much to a house. Once you have it and become aware of it, you can’t help but notice it everywhere you go. Now our adult children, after having a carpenter dad, when they go into a house or consider buying a house etc…they look around……..seriously? no crown molding, cheap baseboards? ha! It does add so much! And yes, don’t ever underestimate the power of caulk…….so many leave out that important step. Great job! I do still sooo love those curtains too :)

  56. Karianne, this looks fabulous! Wow, what a transformation! My grandmother had a seven bedroom farmhouse, from 1848. You’re right, it didn’t have moldings like a plantation home would have had. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing it! You always amaze me with your creativity! You’re sooooo- talented!

  57. Wow KariAnne, This project turned out beautifully!! The deep molding makes such a difference!

    Great savings. Excited about the cow purchase to start your herd! Ha!

    I am having a $100 Gift Card Giveaway from Soft Surroundings If you would like to enter.

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karen

  58. Angela Recker :

    The molding idea is awesome! If you hadnt told us it wasn’t original I’d never have guessed! Thank you for sharing your ideas & this blog!

  59. I have admired those gorgeous windows and molding ever since I first saw your beautiful dining room. And you accomplished it for $22? You are amazing, that was a fabulous idea. I wish I could do something like that with my windows, but I can’t paint the wood moldings, so it probably wouldn’t work. Oh well, I shall be content, then. But I sure do love yours!!!
    Hugs, Cindy

  60. WHAT!?!
    sometimes life just isn’t fair!
    you.are.a.genius!.
    SO.NOT.FAIR.

    and how did i miss this amazing post yesterday anyway!?

    well done, girlfriend! {and i love your toe pics, BTW} i gotta find you on IG!

  61. Hi Kerianne, those would have been gorgeous at twice the price! Although, you wouldn’t have any extra money for the cow–so sad.

  62. Love the moldings and your blog! My husband is cringing, seeing how I am now adding more to our “we should do this!” list!!!

  63. So beautiful! So brilliant! So resourceful! Our house is a 60′s rancher with no mouldings around the windows. I’ve been wanting to add some drama, and thanks to this inspiration, I have a plan!

  64. Now ya’ll did an excellent job making that molding look like it has always been there! It is so beautiful and gosh the price just can’t be beat!

    As far as Lisa and the commercial…I too was surprised to see her selling Depends. On the one hand, I guess it is good to bring it out into the open because it is a problem for so many, but on the other I know she is gonna take some flack and I agree with another poster…..things much be slow out there in Hollywood Land!

  65. oh my! I love this room… everything is gorgeous! Those curtains! I want them! Can’t believe how great the crown molding turned out… and for so cheap too! Love love love it all!

  66. The molding looks fantastic! And your room is absolutly gorgeous!

  67. You are the bomb girl!!!!!! You never cease to amaze me with your transformations. I love this look!

  68. I love this idea even for newer homes. It looks great…now I want to walk around my home and see if I could do this anywhere!

  69. I have a seriously genuine question about your molding idea. We do not have high ceilings–standard 8′. Our windows are tiny–35″ wide in the living room and dining room…one along the front of the house and two along the side. Would the inverse of your treatment work? Adding the molding to the bottom of the windows to make them appear taller? Leaving the crown off, but finishing with the undersill molding? I dream of taking the windows off of the “carport” wall and adding them to the front of the living room, but just don’t see that happening. Would love some ideas?

  70. Wow. The molding really changes the room for the better. Looks great.

  71. Oh, I really love the mouldings! Thanks so much for the great tutorial!
    I would also LOVE to know where you got those smocked burlap drapes! I adore them and would love to get my hands on some!
    xo,
    Jilly

  72. Awesome…. and for $22 bucks… I can’t believe it. I’ll be doing this in my new place fore sure.
    P.S. Saw your post on BetterAfter.blogspot.ca

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