31 Days of Character Building: Picture Frame Molding


 Welcome to day three of my 31 day series, Building Character.



Yesterday, I talked about the board and batten wainscoting in my master bedroom.  Today, I'd like to share our picture frame molding in the dining room...


Like the bedroom, the dining room seriously lacked any hint of a personality when we moved in.  Since it is the first room you see upon entering our home, I wanted it to be special. 
(The baseboards and shoe moldings are not finished in these photos.  They were removed for the new floors a few days ago...just sayin').


Our home is overall casual but this room is mainly used for family entertaining.  I went with the picture frame molding treatment in this space because it's a little more formal than board and batten.


My husband was the artist behind this masterpiece.  The trick to this project and the most time consuming part is measuring.


This project was completed long before the birth of this blog so unfortunately we did not document the process for a tutorial.  


There are a ton of internet tutorials out there.  Rhoda has a fabulous step by step tutorial.  This is not the process we used however, it will take you through the steps she used to get the same look in her gorgeous dining room.  


This project is very cost effective and gave the room the character it lacked.  



The recent addition of our "wood floors" enhanced the white moldings and gave it a bigger presence.  
Here you can see what it looked like prior to the new floors...


Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow!


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19 comments:

  1. Very nice I love the rug under the table set.

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  2. Love the entire space. You've inspired me; I've never loved the stripes in my dining room. Now I know what I will be doing.

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  3. OMG, they look amazing!! I love them!! Awesome job!

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  4. I love the room! We are planning on doing something similar to our dining room. What paint color did you use for the walls?

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  5. Yes, what color,brand, and finish of paint, thx!

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  6. This is very nicely done, it looks "right". Did your artist husband by chance use any specific proportioning methods for determining the height of the moldings? If so, would he have an explanation to his method or a calculator? As I am close to beginning a project similar .

    Thanks

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  7. Hi there, thanks for the nice compliment. My husband mapped the molding out himself, no calculator. He is very talented that way :) There are many books on the market that can walk you through the project if you would like more specifics on measuring. I like Home Depots 1-2-3 series for trim and molding. It is a great resource for trim projects. Hope that helps! Sarah

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  8. hi there!
    we are in the process of doing this same project in our dining room and have searched high and low for the molding you used for the "squares". i really like the look of it and don't want the skinny, smooth trim that i've seen on other examples. i like the "chunkier" look. could you tell me where you got your materials for the top trim and the square moldings?
    are they MDF or real wood?
    thanks a million!!!

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    1. Thanks girl, the supplies came from Home Depot and it is real wood. Hope that helps :)

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  9. This looks great. I may be about to tackle this project in our formal living/dining. Can you please tell me what color paint the top is? Thank you!

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  10. I love this!!! What are the names of the colors you used for the walls and trim?

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    1. Hey Kat and Anonymous, both colors are Martha Stewart. The wall is Crevecouer and the trim is Tailors Chalk :)

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  11. Can you please tell me what you did with your window treatments? I hav the same windows, but the top windows are separate from the tall bottom one, and i always thought it would look strange to have that little section of wall showing between the windows... it looks like you have something over it

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  12. Can you please tell me what you did with your window treatments? I hav the same windows, but the top windows are separate from the tall bottom one, and i always thought it would look strange to have that little section of wall showing between the windows... it looks like you have something over it

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  13. I love everything you've done in your home! I have molding in my home that needs to be freshened up with new paint. Could you tell me what sheen of paint you used on your molding? I have used semi-gloss on some trim in other rooms of my home but it feels overly shiny for the large amount of molding that I have in my living room. Thanks for your help:)

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  14. i love this molding! is there a rule about having the same molding throught the house. I would love picture frame molding in our entry and office but seems to formal for mudroom. Can i mix moldings or should keep the same?

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  15. Hi there, so pretty, you have inspired me to do it as well in my DR. Can you tell me what your finished wall height was?

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  16. Where did you get your picture frame moulding? We installed in our home in WI but now that we're in the South, we cannot find the right trim pieces! So frustrating....can you advise and thanks!

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  17. Could you tell me how high the chair molding is from the floor?
    Thanks So Much

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