Trim, Ceilings and Moldings Oh My!
To be honest, I tend to forget these types of posts. I get so busy sharing the pretty stuff that I forget to share the details! So today I am talking about wood, wood and more wood… from doors to trim, molding, shiplap and even wood plank ceilings. I have gotten a bajillion and one questions about what we used so here. you. go…
First, let’s chat about WHAT we used and why… For our baseboards, door casings and window casings, we used MDF ripped down to different widths. We used it because of “paintability, affordability and straight lines”. Translated that means 1) we needed a ton and since Brittany spent a lot of money on lots of other things, we needed to cut costs somewhere so trim it was! Well, kind of. And 2) paint goes on smoothly and eliminates the rustic wood look that we did not want for all of the molding. And finally 3) with such large rooms and hallways and long spans of molding, MDF can be cut straighter so you avoid all of the warping of real wood.
Next, let’s chat baseboard and crown…
For our baseboards, we used 3/4″ MDF and ripped it down to 12″ widths. With almost 12′ ceilings and the fact that it is a historic home, I wanted the moldings to be hefty. And since price was a factor of course, it was easier to go bigger and still stay on budget with MDF. For the crown molding, we used 7″ pine cove molding and a base cap molding underneath to widen the look of the finished crown.
On to door and window casing! For the windows and doors, we ripped a 3/4″ MDF down to 4″ widths and…
Doors!!!! I am SO pumped about our doors. Like OBSESSED. I went around and around and around selecting our doors but finally chose a Molded 5 Panel Smooth Bead & Cove style. I love the nod to the historic style and the fact that they “match” our pocket doors.
Ship. Lap. Yes, I rarely get “trendy” but I decided to jump on the shiplap bandwagon with my own spin on the newest rave. Once again, we chose MDF for it’s smooth finish and affordability. Our house is not rustic. At all. So this was a great choice for achieving the look with a very paint friendly material. For Addison’s room I chose an 8″ width and for our hallway I chose a 12″ width. The horizontal lines really accentuate the size and ceiling height of these spaces which I LOVE!
The beams… Although the beams in our living room may look original-ish they are actually new and not really even “beams”. We used 3/4″ thick 1 x 8 cedar to create the “faux beams”…
And last but definitely not least, one of the projects I love MOST so far, the playroom ceiling! For this look, we used tongue and groove pine which we later whitewashed…
Now let’s take a peek at what it all looks like today! Like literally TODAY (as in Tuesday night while I am finishing up this post) ;-)… Oh and there is a FULL paint color chart at the bottom of this post AND I wrote it out detailed under every image below. An exterior update is coming Friday so stay tuned!
P.S. If you are loving the tile and new hardwoods as much as I do, check out Shaw Floors! More on all of my flooring choices and details on the installation coming next week!
Walls- Gossamer Veil by SW, Trim- Alabaster by SW, Pocket Doors- 1/2 Uncertain Gray & 1/2 Stardew by SW, Ceiling- Inkwell by SW,Window Sashes- Inkwell by SW, Ceiling Beam Stain- Dark Walnut by Minwax
Walls- Inkwell by SW, Trim- Alabaster by SW
Shiplap Walls- Alabaster by SW, Ceiling- Inkwell by SW
Walls- Gossamer Veil by SW, Trim- Alabaster by SW, Window Sashes- Inkwell by SW
Walls- Alabaster, Trim- Dorian Gray
Walls- Alabaster, Cabinet- Wisteria by SW
Walls- Alabaster by SW
Walls- Alabaster by SW, Window Sashes- Inkwell by SW
Carriage House Bathroom
Carriage House (A Corner of My Office)
Walls & Trim- Alabaster
Walls & Trim- Alabaster, Ceiling- 1/2 Stardew & 1/2 Uncertain Gray
Walls & Trim- Alabaster, Door- 1/2 Stardew & 1/2 Uncertain Gray, Window Sashes- Inkwell by SW
For more details on our whitewashed flooring and playroom ceiling, read “They Nailed It! Or Maybe Stained…”
Full House Paint Chart