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Molding & Trim

Molding, interior trim, columns, and similar woodwork are terrific for adding character and style to a home’s interior rooms.

Square columns and distinctive moldings add style to this elegant room.

Crown molding, chair rail, fireplace surrounds-these are the types of elements that give a home distinctive architectural style and character. And yet they are lacking in many of the houses that were built in the last 50 years. If this is the case with your home, maybe it’s time to add elements yourself.

The one caveat here is that it’s important to be true to the style of your home. Corinthian columns don’t fit with a ranch-style house. And intricate crown moldings can look odd in spare, contemporary rooms.

Many different types, styles, and materials of moldings and trim are available—and most are relatively easy for do-it-yourselfers to install. This section of HomeTips will help you make informed buying decisions, and give you step-by-step instructions and helpful advice about installing moldings and similar trim, as well as handling various types of care and repair projects.

Also See:

Buying Interior Molding & Trim
Interior Molding Basics
Repairing Interior Woodwork & Trim
How to Install Interior Trim

About Don Vandervort
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Don Vandervort developed his expertise more than 30 years ago as Building Editor for both Sunset Books and Home Magazine. He has written more than 30 home improvement books and countless magazine articles. He appeared regularly on HGTV’s “The Fix,” and served as MSN’s home expert. Don founded HomeTips in 1996.

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  1. Help! I’m renting a vintage unit with decades of horrible paint jobs on the baseboards, loaded with cracks, bubbles, areas where someone painted over chips and dirt, etc. etc. Years and years of unqualified all-purpose maintenance staff less-than-half-assing it, basically. I plan to stay a long time and would consider stripping and refinishing it myself because it is SO BAD but I know it’s not worth the time/money- esp. since I doubt it will receive proper care after we leave. However, if there’s a quick fix/workaround or an affordable way to just cover it up… some kind of hollow trim I can mask it with, perhaps… I’m handy, willing to be unconventional/improvisational and all ears.


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