I have expressed in past posts about my entry way (entry way 1 and entry way 2), that I wanted to add more character to my home. Finish carpentry is a GREAT way to change the look of a space in your home for much less than you may believe.
The entry way started out VERY boring, and I have wanted to add some moulding ever since we moved in. (Scroll down to find before pictures). So, over the past couple of weeks, the Hubby has been an excellent finish carpenter. He has successfully added character and changed the look of the entry way for the better!
For those of you who may not know what finish carpentry is, don’t worry, you are not alone. In fact, my very own carpenter (my hubby) gave me a lesson. Basically, finish carpentry involves any moulding in your home, and this type of carpentry usually helps to create a “finished” look. For example, your baseboards in your home are part of finish carpentry and your door jams are also part of this category.
So, to spruce up your home, and for it to take on a more “custom” looking design, finish carpentry is a wonderful way to do this.
Here are a few great examples of finish carpentry that served as inspiration for me.
The great thing about moulding is that IT DOES NOT COST A LOT! Music to my ears. To put up the chair rail around my entry way (A chair rail is the piece of moulding that goes along the top of the white area in the pictures below) cost us less than $15.00.
With the use of a miter saw and a finish nailer, my hubby installed the chair rail across the top, and the other decorative mouldings underneath. Here he is hard at work in the picture below.
The look of my entry way is completely new, updated, and the character is exactly what I needed for the space.
We found the smaller decorative moulding at Lowe’s. In order to install the moulding boxes along the bottom of the space, it cost right around $36.00.
I think it changes the entire look of the house, and to my surprise, my hubby has decided to continue the moulding so that it does not end in the entry way! I was psyched! Stay tuned for more pictures of the moulding project soon.
I know some of you may wonder if I needed to prime the wall before painting it white, and the answer is yes. We used a KILZ roll on primer to prime the wall first.
For those of you who may have missed the before pictures of my entry way, here is a reminder:
Hiring a finish carpenter to come and install something like this can be expensive, but installing moulding yourself, is very thrifty. The great thing is that it is not hard to do, all you need is a little patience, a miter saw, and a finish nailer.
The entry way is coming a long. I’m starting to feel some weight coming off my shoulders as we get closer to its completion. Do you feel that way? Are you anxious for your “work in progress” spaces to be complete? I definitely get that way.
On the to do list for my entry way:
Change the color of the door (I strongly dislike it right now).
Add some accessories
Customize the ceiling