On Wednesday, I told you all about cutting panel mouldings using a jig. Today, I show you the install and end result. With all the mouldings pre-cut, I used a square tool to mark all the corners of the panels I mocked up using painter's tape.
Next, I removed all the tape. Some of the paint peeled off but no biggie, as I needed to paint the mouldings once installed anyway.
To install the mouldings, you'll need:
Before putting any glue on the mouldings, I recommend doing a test fit on the floor with all four pieces that make up a panel. Once I double checked my (ahem, Adam's) work, I applied glue to the back of a piece, placed it on the first corner mark, and leveled it. I then nailed the piece at each of the outer edges to keep it in place. I did the same for the remaining 3 pieces, and once I had my panel up, I added more nails at spaced intervals. PS - this is a time where I wish I was an octopus and had more hands to hold the moulding, level AND nailer. I felt like I was in a circus, using random body parts to juggle everything all at once.
The corners should look something like this: Note: I wouldn't want to show you a closeup of the baseboards I've done in the past. All I can say is I've come a long way (hint: caulking does a wonderful job of hiding massive gaps).
I don't have pics to show it, but once the panels were up I used paintable caulking to fill all the nail holes and corner seams.
Last step, I painted the mouldings in the same color as the walls (Benjamin Moore, Newburyport Blue). As you can see from the next pic, painting a moulding the same color as the wall adds subtle texture and feels so elegant.
I'm SOOOO pleased with how the mouldings turned out. In fact, I love it so much that I hope to do the same to other rooms in the house, when time and budget permit. Again, I purchased these mouldings via Metrie - I may be mistaken but I think their mouldings are only available through designers and trade professionals, though.
The dining room is still a ways away from being considered complete, but let's take a trip down memory lane to see how far we've come, shall we?
What remains for the dining room:
- creating a brass chandelier to replace the stylish but lonely light bulb (yes, you heard right - I am going to build one from scratch)
- furniture (sideboard and possibly new table/chairs)
- accessories (rug, artwork)