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?