The Moulding Saga, Part 1

The Moulding Saga, Part 1 via

Those of you who’ve been around awhile might remember that four years ago (FOUR!!!) I worked really hard to put new moulding into my daughter’s room.

Today? Today, I ripped all of it out. Which I admit is pretty shocking. But here’s the thing. When we put that moulding up four years ago? I knew within days that it was the wrong choice, but I didn’t know what to do about it.

In fact, I’d say that’s part of why things do go at such a glacial pace around here–we hit obstacles. Obstacles that we don’t know what to do about. So we ponder, and then the pondering gets interrupted by life, and somehow four years goes by before we get back to said obstacle.

I’d like to think that’s normal.

But back to the moulding. Our home is a 1954 rancher. It has what’s called “clamshell” moulding. You can get a fairly good look at it in this very, very old post where I changed out the moulding on the front door. When we moved in, in 2007, I hated that moulding and I planned to rip it all out and replace it.

But that old clamshell moulding? It’s solid wood! It’s beefy, 3/4″ thick, 3″ wide mouldlng. It’s extremely nice. And here, I’m ripping it out and replacing it, at considerable expense, for MDF? I mean, no offense against MDF or anything, but it just makes no sense. I was so caught up in that 2008-era renovation craziness that I that I had to have the perfect moulding to have the perfect house and nothing else would do, even if I had to spend a fortune replacing solid wood with fiberboard and throwing the wood trim away.

What a sad, colossal waste.

I got as far as the front door, a couple of doorways in the hall and the baby’s room before I came to my senses. I literally woke up one morning a couple of years ago and said, “Oh my goodness, what am I DOING? This makes NO SENSE.”

I needed find a way to make the original moulding work for me.

But once I’d made that decision, with the house in a patchwork of moulding including old, new, and no-trim-at-all, what the heck was I going to do?

Tune in soon for Part 2!!

And meanwhile, I am curious. Do you love the trim in your home? Would you change it if you could?

~Angela :-)

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  1. We replaced all the trim in our little townhouse. It was very ugly 80’s plain oak. We replaced it with a very pretty pine that has a lovely profile. I then painted it all white. Best decision! (We also replaced the hollow core doors with a paneled pine that I painted white also.)

    • Sally, that sounds so pretty!! I have been collecting up doors to replace our hollow core, doors, too, but it’s not making the “A” list yet. Someday! ~Angela~

  2. Oh, you’ve got your work cut out for you Angela, but in the end I know you’ll appreciate that old wood molding. I love the old molding in our home, but it does prohibit us from putting up beadboard or planking walls. It’s so old that if we tried to remove it, it would splinter. We’ve made some repairs by borrowing molding from inside closets, so we know how fragile it is. Good luck with your project!

    • Thank you, Vickie!! Things are progressing, but slowly since Mr. Magpie got a wild hair about the office. We’re a bit haphazard around here, but hopefully we stumble forward! ~Angela~

  3. Barbara H. says:

    My house was built in the 50s, too, and much of the shoe molding is missing and/or wood stained against the white clamshell baseboard. At least it’s my guess that it’s the clamshell molding you are talking about. I was lucky enough to find some of the shoe molding stored in my big shed and finally, last fall, got around to putting it back on. Some of it is still missing but finishing it is a project farther down the road. I’m not madly in love with the molding but hey, that’s the least of my worries! Too many other things to do. The good thing about procrastination is that it gives my mind time to adjust to what’s here and shift into acceptance.

    • Barbara, I think you are right about acceptance. The longer I live here the more I think, “Heh — it’s fine the way it is!” 🙂 Our shoe molding is all gone, so we’ll have to replace it, but fortunately I came to my senses before I’d torn out more of the original moulding! ~Angela~

  4. I can definitely relate to the halfway-through-the-process regret – honestly, it’d be weird if you HADN’T done that at some point! Hoping things work out well for you – can’t wait for part 2!

    • Ha! It’s so true! Thank you and I am hoping to tell Part 2 of the story this coming weekend. ~Angela~

  5. I love the fact that you can change in mid-stream without any looking back! Our sixties-vintage ranch home has clamshell molding, too. We primed and painted it white and – so far – we love it. I had dreams a few years ago of changing it all out but there were (and still are) more important changes to make. I love visiting to see what you are doing with your home. Can’t wait to see more.

    • Oh, thank you Adrienne, you are so sweet!! I’m not sure I’d say I never look back, but hopefully we are still moving forward. I have seen so many pictures of houses and realized they had clamshell moulding, too, that I finally realized that it didn’t matter all that much what kind of moulding you have. It’s the rest of the stuff that gets noticed. ~Angela~

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