Step One: Pick a wall and look at it. I picked this wall. Please excuse the Christmas decor. Funny story the night of Dec 23rd I took all of that down, even the tree and totally redecorated this room for Christmas in slivers and white and snow. Yup I am just that CRAZY. I guess I was just tired to the same old same old Christmas decor I had been putting out for years.
Step 2: Get an idea of where you would like your molding to be. After a lot of thought I decided I wanted thin molding forming rectangles the height of the niches. I knew I wanted them on either side of the tv and 3 on the sides. That was about as far as I got on the planning stage before I went and bought the supplies. I guess you could draw it out, pre-measure, and stuff like that, but my mind doesn't craft that way.
Step 3: Get your supplies:
I got the molding at Home Depot. It is not the wood stuff that you buy by the foot. If you walk all the way down the molding aisle and then look to your left or right on an end cap thingy you will see these sticks of molding. It is usually white, but the shape I like kinda had a wood color look to it. Best of all it is like $3-4 for a
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You will need caulk and a caulking gun. (Can I just say that after this project caulk may have replaced spray paint as my new best friend.)
Umm and you will also need nails, a hammer, measuring tape, level, and the all important miter saw. Oh and paint and one of those sand paper sponges and other stuff you may need for painting.
Step 4: Pick a place to start. I picked here. Holy Cow how did picking a place to start end up as step 4. I could have sworn that was step 1.
Step 5: Cut your molding.
Back to cutting wood. Lay the molding flat on the base of the saw. Turn the saw table to one of the 45 degree angles and leave the blade straight up and down. Can I just tell you that using a saw is F U N!
Step 6: Use a level, make sure it is straight and nail those bad boys on the wall.
Repeat Steps 4-6 Measure and cut and hang and measure and cut and hang. By the time I got to the 3 rectangles on the side I was feeling pretty good about my abilities so I cut them the pieces in groups (like four 36 inch cuts, twelve 25 inch cuts and so on.
step 6.5 where your baby spills a gallon of paint on the carpet and you spend hours cleaning it up.)
Step 7: Caulk. Load caulk into the caulk gun, snip a little off the top at an angle and get to work. This may be breaking thing down a little to much, but just pull lightly on the trigger and run the bead of caulk along the edge of the molding then use or finger (or I realized I like to use a wipey) and run it along the caulk so it is nice and smooth and fills in the little crack between the molding and the wall. If you skip this step, ,when you go to paint the wall and the molding there is be a dark not so good looking line where the paint runs under the molding.
Step 8: Sand any ugly spots. See the lines by the nail there? I maybe should have sanded that better, but other than look at it super up close in this picture I don't think anyone will ever notice.
Step 9: Paint.
Step 10 Enjoy!
Happy molding! Next up CROWN Molding.