Saturday 26 May 2012

Guest Blogger Week 16 Thistlewood Farm

I would like to say a huge welcome
to Karianne

I think there is a myth about old farmhouses that were built in 1918.
I think it was started in 1922 by a farmer who really wanted to sell his farmhouse.
Somehow the rumor got started that old farmhouses are full of moldings and decorative details and beautiful old trim.
Uhhh.  Negative.

Now maybe there is a farmhouse built somewhere in a land far far away by an overly exuberant farmer with a fine decorative eye who was light years ahead of his other farmer friends.
But he sure didn’t live here.
I think our farmer was too busy….well….farming.  You know….milking the cows, feeding the horses, cutting the hay, checking on the crops and all that.
Which didn’t leave much time for crown molding.

But you see, we don’t farm, or milk cows, or cut hay.  So we have plenty of time for moldings.
Crown moldings and door moldings and ceiling moldings and floor moldings.
Let’s just say….we never met a piece of molding that we didn’t like.
And after the house was all “moldinged up.”  I was so happy.  Which made my husband so happy.
Because he thought we were done.
He should have known better.
I was just getting started :-)
I mean, we hadn’t even begun to address all the empty spaces over the windows.

If you have ever priced out molding, you know how expensive it can be.  Especially 10″ window moldings.
Really?  We have four children to put through college one day.
And n the world of molding two key things to remember are (1) paint is your friend and (2) a little plywood goes a long way.

So here’s our $22.00 molding solution.

(1)  We had Home Depot cut down a sheet of 1/4″ plywood to 8″ strips.
(2)  My husband cut down the 8″ strips to 36″ in width (you would cut it to whatever the width of your window is) and then he nailed them above the 5″ piece of pine that was already on the window.

(3)  Next we added 3″ crown molding to the top.  And then noticed all the gaps.
When you are built in 1918, nothing is ever level.
And there is always an extra space here and there.

(4)  So no worries.  We just added picture molding to cover the gap.
(5)  Then we caulked.
(6)  Then we primed.

(8) And painted the moldings with one coat of glossy white paint.
(9)  We let it dry and painted it again.

(10)  After you finish the project, add burlap curtains, count your pennies and buy a milking cow with the money you saved.

I think it’s a lot of window drama for only $22.00.
I wonder what that farmer would think of his front parlor windows now?
Probably not too much.
He’d probably just shrug his shoulders and tell me the plywood should have been used to patch up the barn :-)

Wow doesn't it look fantastic & all for such a fantastic price!
I hope you will pop over 
& see more of Karianne's ideas.

If your would like to be a guest poster 
there are slots free in June & July
Just email me
susand1408 at googlemail dot com


  1. Susan,

    Thank you so much for featuring my project today! It was so much fun visiting over here! I am off to shout it out on Facebook and Twitter and the blog!


    1. Karianne,

      Thanks ever so much, your post is fantastic and your house is beautiful!


  2. I just love this post and this moulding idea is pure genius! That Kari has some serious design vision ... and her husband has some serious follow through!



    1. Thank you ever so much for your comments, I have forwarded them to her

  3. enjoyed this feature...impressive results!

    1. Thank you ever so much for your comments, I have forwarded them to her