Decorative Corner Blocks and Moulding Cheat

September 4, 2015



Our house was built in the 1920's and has some really lovely woodwork and trim that was commonly installed during that time period. Unfortunately, when we moved in, we noticed that it was not consistent throughout the home. The windows and doors were framed with thick flat boards, but the ceiling mouldings were skimpy and very uninteresting.

As we renovated the house, room by room, my husband added more prominent trim to the ceilings and I think it makes a huge difference. Of course, I am not a fan of renovation and rip out, so he cheats and lays moulding over moulding to get the job done in a fashion that makes this girl super happy!

He's been doing it for years, but I've never documented it before. This time, I grabbed my camera and captured the process.

The walls started out pink with some very thin moulding.


My husband purchased corner blocks at Home Depot and notched them to fit over the existing trim. He predrilled pilot holes into the the corner blocks so the wood wouldn't crack, one in the center, two in the sides. Then he nailed them into the corner, using 3 inch finishing nails, catching the wood behind the sheetrock.


Next, he added a thicker moulding right over the old. He used nails, no glue. Each nail was countersunk and wood putty was applied to fill the holes, for a perfectly smooth finish. As you can see, the new moulding covers the notches on the block. 


Since the trim was going to be painted white, he grabbed the pre-primed pieces. The blocks were painted with a primer/ paint mix. They required two coats. 


Here's a close up and a long view. 


It's exactly what the client requested. 


It's a small detail, but the moulding makes a big difference in the room's finished appearance. It raises your eye, which makes the room feel larger and adds a bit of elegance and charm to the space. I love the final product, but even more than that, I love the fact that there was no rip out, no damaged sheetrock to repair and it was completed in a day.

Now that's my kind of renovating

Here's to the handy husband. 

Again.

Does your home have ceiling trim? 








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56 comments:

  1. I have never seen blocks like that in the corners. They really do add interest!

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    1. Thanks Carol! We really like the way they finish the room.

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  2. And no complicated miter cuts in the corners! Great job. My house has no ceiling trim but I have always coveted it. I have become increasingly aware of what a significant design element trim can be.

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    1. Exactly, Lorri! Those cuts are always troublesome. The blocks are a great way to avoid them! :)

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  3. LOVE IT!!! What a super cozy room - I want to snuggle right in!!

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    1. Thanks Debbie...my daughter is pretty happy with it, too! :)

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  4. Hi Kim, the added trim looks gorgeous and really interesting. Love the block corners, Your hubby did a great job and the paint pulled it all together. Just beautiful!
    Yes our home has lots of trim and moldings in all the rooms and chair rails too. We love it for the character and interest it brings.
    Enjoy a great holiday weekend.
    cm

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    1. Thanks so much, Celestina Marie, I think it does add character, you are right!

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  5. Hi Kim, I love how pretty the room looks with the trim your husband put up in the room. Great job.
    I hope you have a nice weekend.
    Julie xo

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  6. You are now the lucky lady of the manor, with these marvellous, new mouldings! Kudos to both you and your hubby!

    Poppy

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  7. Good job! I have no ceiling trim... It would sure look better if there was! Want to send your hubby down to GA?? I'm tired of working on houses. lol

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    1. You are one energetic lady...I bet your GA house is lovely!!

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  8. That looks lovely....what a great idea! Your husband did a very neat job....and like you I hate the mess of ripping out if there is an alternative.
    Happy weekend.
    Helen xox

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    1. We’re always looking for the easy way out of a mess, Helen!

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  9. We have the same molding and corner blocks in our home. It really adds some "zing" to our 1950's architecture!
    Your room is looking beautiful!
    Have a wonderful holiday weekend!!
    Blessings,
    J

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    1. Thanks J! That's so neat that we share the same decorative trim. I like "zing"!!

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  10. You can never have enough molding!! I love what your husband did. We need to add lots more molding to our house.

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    1. Thanks Stacey! This is an easy way to do it. We like easy around here! ;)

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  11. He's one clever guy! He's kind of....Remarkable! :)

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    1. Thanks Deb! I'll tell him you said so! ;)

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  12. This is neat...I wish I could borrow him!

    Jane x

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    1. I actually hear that a lot, Jane! ;) He’s a very handy guy!

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  13. Very nice! So nice for you to have a handy hubby! Looks professional and a natural part of the home.

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    1. Thanks AnnMarie. It really suits the house much better than the old trim.

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  14. It looks beautiful. Well done!
    Visiting from Harvest Lane Cottage,
    Laura

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    1. Thanks for the kind words and the visit, Laura!

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  15. Really . . . REALLY . . . changed the look . . . Adds an elegance and I agree . . . seems to add height and makes the room larger . . . I liked the all white too . . .
    Is your handy, dandy husband for rent??

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    1. Ha! Probably, Lynne! He loves to travel!

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  16. That looks so nice, Kim. Hubby did a fantastic job. I like those corner blocks. Sometimes mitered edges are hard to get just right. Our 1879 house has a lot of fancy wood mouldings but only in the main rooms, not in the bedrooms and baths. We were fortunate to find a couple of old houses being torn down in the area so we bought enough wood and trim to do all of the rooms except the kitchen. I wanted it to stay more simple..Your room looks beautiful..Happy Weekend..Judy

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    1. Thanks Judy! :) 1879? Wow, that sounds like a dream home to me!

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  17. Yay for handy husbands. I snagged me one too. We added molding to each room when we did them but we never tried this. It looks great!

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    1. The blocks were all his idea, Kristi. I think it was his way of alleviating the need for mitered corners! It's a crafty cheat and I agree, it looks great! :)

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  18. It's all in the details and this corner block adds a lot of interest. And now you have a blank canvas to play with, lucky you.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thanks Amalia! I have to say I am really in love with the white...a blank canvas for sure!!

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  19. Brilliant! What a smarty pants he is! Well done, Mr. Remarkable! We don't have ceiling trim. Not because I don't like it. I do, and yours is exquisite,. but we have a lot of windows with craftsman trim that stops 8" from the ceiling, and in our tiny cottage the ceiling moulding would be over kill. It's perfect in your precious cottage, Kim. Hugs, Nancy

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    1. Thank you Nancy, he is pretty remarkable. I have to agree! :) I think your cottage is totally perfect just the way it is Nancy. You guys thought of every charming detail the first time around. I think that is pretty remarkable, too!! xo

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  20. What a great solution! The corner pieces really add so much!

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    1. Thanks so much! I always argue with my husband, telling him we don’t need them (I am not a fan of construction), but I love them when they are up!

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  21. It looks like it's always been there! He did a fantastic job, Kim.

    Oddly enough, I don't have any trim. I guess because of the detailed living room ceiling? I never though to look it up, which is weird for me, but maybe it wasn't in style when my house was built. I think I'm going to look into that...

    I hope you've had a great weekend :)

    xo,
    rue

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    1. It's so weird. I am not sure when trim was big and not...or maybe it was a money thing? Our old cottage was built during the same time period and is literally located across the street...um...no trim. This house, tons of it. The only difference is that the old house was built as a summer cottage and the current one was touted as the first year round home in the hood. Who knows, but I like it!

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  22. I think your hubby did a great job! I love the moulding and corner pieces. Those corner pieces also keep from having to miter corners! Another great idea!! :-) And they add so much interest and high-end detail! I can't wait until you show off the final finish!! We have crown moulding in the new house, but not in that bathroom I want to work on. That will be one of the things we add.

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    1. Thanks Benita. I bet that bathroom will be fabulous when you are done with it! :)

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  23. Hi Kim,
    Thanks so much for sharing this DIY trim that your husband made. It looks great.
    We love having you share with us each week at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    I hope you have a nice week.
    Julie

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  24. Well done. It looks great.
    No our home does not have corner pieces, but I think I will be changing that. ;-)

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    1. Thanks! It was so easy to do, Carla and not messy at all!! ;)

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  25. Wow, what a difference that made! He did a great job! I didn't realize your home was that age. My hubby added crown molding to every room in our previous home.....none had existed before. He talked about doing the same here, and has added it to certain rooms already; but our ceiling are so high with lots of transitional places.....too much work! He has kind of replaced that idea with adding larger baseboard molding.....still a lot work, but at least he wouldn't be way up on a ladder!

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  26. We have low ceilings in the bedrooms, but the kitchen has high ceilings with transitional places, too. I agree, not the place for this kind of trim…and I am not a fan of my guy on a high ladder either. I’m with you…stick to the floor! ;)

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  27. Wow, it looks really nice Kim, and what a great timesaving tip/trick to cover up the old with the new! :)

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    1. Thanks so much, it really adds to the room.

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  28. I so want to put molding in the nursery, someday I will, and will remember your tip!

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    1. It's so easy, Vel...I say go for it!

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