Molding and Trim - Make a Big Difference
I pressed in the code and the gate opened, inviting me into a very impressive neighborhood. The homes were all beautiful, custom masterpieces that had spectacular water views. My destination was at the end of the Cul de Sac down a steep driveway. The home was large and had a commanding view of the bay. It was a truly gorgeous site. Upon entering the home, there was immediately the feeling that something wasn't right. The stair case was hideous and tight. The doors and windows were trimmed with 2 1/4" Colonial Casing. The base molding was 2 1/2" Colonial base. Nothing fit with the home or the setting, it was actually disturbing and unsettling.
The upstairs family room adjoins the kitchen and a dining nook and are all open to each other. It forms a great room, where the family naturally tend to gravitate and gather together. The ceiling of this large area was flat and unadorned. I really wanted to put in a coffer beam ceiling and match the wood and finish of the kitchen cabinets.
The owners gave me the go ahead, so I proceede. The Maple lumber and Crown Molding were purchased from Continental Hardwoods in Kent, WA. In my shop I fabricated the beams and pre-finished them. Maple is a hardwood that does not accept stain like other woods, so it requires a lot more work to finish than most other hardwoods.
I pre-sealed the Maple with a coat of water based polyurethane. Next I mixed colors into the polyurethane until I had a good color match with the cabinets. I brought a cabinet door to my shop to use for a color match. It was a lot of work, but the end results were very satisfying.
Posted by The Cranky Codger