Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Powell River British Columbia, Canada
My wife and I recently did our hallway over with panelling painted a light blue. The rest of the house has a lot of cedar panelling in it, finished with natural varnish, so I wanted to tie the hall in by doing the base boards and cove mouldings in wood with natural varathane finish. We didn't want to do the entire hall in cedar panelling, because it has little light coming into it, so is a bit dark. I have a small planer, and small router table, as well as access to wood off cuts from my brother. So, I decided to give the trim a go , partly to save money, and partly just for my own satisfaction. I made the base boards out of 3/8 inch thick hemlock, 21/2 inches wide, with a 1/4 inch roundover on top. I made the door casings out of western red cedar 3/4 inches thick by 21/2 inches wide, rounded over on both edges. I made the cove mouldings out of wrc about 2 inches wide, with an ogee edge on the bottom. All trim was finished with natural satin varathane, and against the pale blue walls it looks terrific. Did I save any money? not too sure, but I am retired, and the satisfaction is terrific. I keep meaning to have a look at what trim mouldings cost these days, but haven't so far. As mentioned earlier, if you are just going to paint the trim, go with MDF. But, if you want the look of natural wood, then you will probably want to do them yourself.
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