Before + After: Why We Added Picture Frame Moulding

Last January, I felt an itch to take on a small home project.  My friend and neighbor showed me the new chair rail she put on her stair case and also added molding/wallpaper to her dining room.  I was shook–it looked SO GOOD and I needed to know how/why/who.  

I love the details of moulding; it adds dimension and character to a space.  I also like that you can often find these details in older homes, which we have.  With these mouldings, I don’t feel the need to fill up walls–millwork is like art work in itself!  One year later, I’m SO happy we did it.  I think it will be great for re-sale, too, since it’s pretty classic looking.

I called in a professional for this one.  Eric and I aren’t very handy and I wouldn’t even know where to start.  A local carpenter is your best bet.  Or, if you’re willing to take on a DIY, they sell pre-made mouldings at places like Home Depot and Lowes.  You can even buy a kit off Etsy (I mean, Etsy has everything). You could even buy it off Etsy and have a handyman install it!  Don’t forget–you’ll have to paint it afterwards.  (Paint it to match your woodwork, the same finish and all.)

I had no idea what to expect in terms of pricing but the quote I received for these two rooms was about $1200 (give or take–it was a year ago definitely in that range).  These rooms are quite big (living room is 24×16 and dining room is 16×14) and that included labor, materials, and installation but not painting.  It took the person I hired two days.  

Would i do it again? YES.  Cover my whole home in picture frame moulding!  I considered extending it upstairs, but I didn’t want to interfere with my gallery wall that I love so much.   I do know that in our next home, I will definitely be installing more mouldings like these.

Questions?!  Ask away in the comments below.

BEFORE picture frame moulding

living room

DURING – It’s a messy job!


AFTER picture frame moulding

why I added picture frame moulding

 picture frame moulding DIY

millwork older home

moulding in dining room

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