We are just wrapping a fabulous renovation project on what was a typical 1990’s two story home. In a few days, our clients will move into what is now a jaw dropping beautiful shabby chic masterpiece. One of the least expensive yet most ‘mood’ changing details that we did on this home is to add plaster and polyurethane mouldings, medallions and wall carvings.
This is something you can do yourself as a weekend project. All this project requires is a creative eye, a tube of caulking, painters tape, wall paint and of course, the architectural adornment pieces.
Traditional, transitional or contemporary, I love to employ ceiling medallions. They make every light fixture feel grander and more important in a room, they can also help to make a fixture feel more proportionally correct for the room as all too often I find that the light fixture chosen is bit too small for the scale of the room and the other pieces of furniture that have been brought into the space. Remove the fixture, add a little PL to the back of the medallion and rehang the fixture, it’s as easy that. Ceiling medallions can also enable you to move light fixtures or replace a pot light with a hanging fixture as they can hide ceiling damage or mounting holes. Not only do they look fabulous but it is cheaper, less messy and much faster than bringing in a stippler to refinish the ceiling.
When it comes to wall features using plaster or polyurethane pieces, find the center of the wall using your tape measure and mark the correct height and location with a pencil (don’t use pen as it will bleed through the paint) by tracing the corners of the piece. Then a few dollops of PL on the back of the piece place on the wall and hold in place with the painters tape. When the PL is dry, remove the tape, caulk the edges and paint with your wall or trim paint.
In this renovation, I wanted to give the living room a sense of greater height so I added plaster details to the top of the window frame, they sit just under the crown molding so now, when I can hang my drapery from the ceiling the room will feel as if it is blessed with high ceilings and wonderful architectural bones. More plaster detail was added to the plain arch detail between the living and the dining room and its supporting pillars. Honestly, I couldn’t be happier with the results, simply yummy!
Speaking of yummy details, in the kitchen, I didn’t want to use a valance or drapery on the window behind the sink so I simply added more architectural moldings to refine and finish the look. To quote my client when she first saw it ” I nearly lost my marbles”!
Add some molding to your rooms this weekend for a fabulously chic look and feel.