Saturday, February 4, 2012

How to Hang Molding

 

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This is one of those projects that I was scared to do. I’ve never hung molding before and was a total newbie.

 

First of all, don’t be scared to do this! I did it all by myself. Translation: the husband didn’t help. I wanted to give it a shot on my own and I am super proud of how it turned out!

 

I used Thrifty Decor Chick’s advice a lot. She has a great tutorial too. I’m going to give you my version, which is quite similar. I’m blessed that we have a miter saw and nail gun but this could easily be done with a miter box and an old fashioned hammer!

 

The hardest part is the measurements. Well, let’s just say it was the hardest part for me. I’m slightly mathematically challenged. I’m going to try to break this down as easily as possible.

 

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So standing in my living room looking at the front door is the left side and the right side. I’ll explain the left side and the right is the same scenario.

 

First of all, I decided how many boxes I wanted before measuring. I don’t know if this is technically how you should do this but that’s what I did. I wanted 2 boxes on the left and 3 on the right.

 

The left side measured 70 inches. I knew that I wanted 3 inches to be between the middle of the boxes and on the outside where the boxes start.

 

Helpful hint:  When you measure, round to the closest inch. Unless someone has a super trained eye, they aren’t going to notice a 1/2 inch. TRUST ME this will make your life easier!

 

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I subtracted 6 (for the sides) from 70. That left me with 64 inches. Then I subtracted the remaining 3 inches for the middle. That left me with 61 inches. All of those remaining 61 inches would be the boxes. Divide that by 2. That leaves the boxes being 30.5 inches in length (horizontal).

 

Whew. Are you with me? I hope that wasn’t to complicated!

 

Now it’s time for the width (vertical). From the bottom of the chair rail to the top of the base board measured 35 inches. This time you just need to subtract 6, 3 inches from the bottom of the chair rail to where the box starts and 3 inches from the bottom of the box to the top of the base board. That leave 29 inches for the width (vertical) of the box.

 

Ok, so now that we have the measurements let’s start hanging the molding. Each edge of the molding is cut into a 45 degree angle. It’s really easy to cut the angle the wrong way, so make sure you double and triple check. Yes, I did cut 2 pieces the wrong way!

 

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You will want to find something to use that is 3 inches. I used a dowel and cut it down. If you don’t use something then you will have to awkwardly hold up a tape measure. Start at the top and put your dowel up.

 

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While holding the molding in place, move the dowel to the top of the molding. Try your hardest not to move the molding. I then took the dowel and moved it back and forth from the left to the top several times to make sure everything was lined up correctly.

 

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Put a nail in the top. This will hold the molding in place while you grab a level. You will be able to move the piece of molding around until it is perfectly level. AKA straight. Now you can put a nail in the middle and at the bottom.

 

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Remember my helpful hint of rounding to the nearest inch? Here is an example of how it is a little off. No one will notice unless they keep a tape measure in their back pocket!

 

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Now you are ready for another side. Fit your angle together and then grab your dowel. This is just to make sure you’re on the right track. Put a nail in on the side closest to the angle.

 

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Grab that level again and move your molding until the magic bubble is in the middle. Put a nail in the middle and on the other end.

 

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Don’t worry about the gap. That’s what spackle or filler is for!

 

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And there you have it! I sure hope that this helped.

 

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Now go forth and hang some molding!!

 

Thanks for stopping in :)

 

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