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MarilynandRon

04:20PM | 08/05/03
Member Since: 08/04/03
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We are remodeling an old farmhouse. The house looks very nice so far with stained 6-panelled oak doors, glass door knobs, white oak floors, etc.

All I have left to select is the moulding around the floor, doors, and windows. I want to keep the plain old farm house look to tone down everything else we have done. The plan is to stain and finish it to match the doors. I don't want anything fancy and lean toward the plain 1x4s (or wider) that I have seen in other old farmhouses. What have others of you done?!!

[This message has been edited by MarilynandRon (edited August 06, 2003).]

k2

07:11PM | 08/05/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Greetings Marilyn and Ron,

Years ago we had a traditional house, and even back then it was tough to find old fashioned moulding. We ended up stacking 2 pieces of wood together and it looked great. At the base was "brickmold" (a simple, thick profile) and put a layer of trim (a style we liked) on top of it. We painted it in gloss eggshell color, and it looked great against hardwood floors.

This really looked good--but I've seen other people use a similar arrangement but do even more with it. For example, they might put a 1x4 between the brickmold and the top trim. Or a piece of contrasting hardwood between in a natural finish. Awesome looking--thought perhaps a bit 'much' for a farmhouse.

It was a good solution for us: easy to find, and not all that expensive. It also worked great in our case as we were trying to cover up carpet tack holes near the edge of the floor, and the brickmold was wide enough to make this work.

Anyway, just something to consider. Keep us posted, and good luck!

-k

MarilynandRon

02:47AM | 08/06/03
Member Since: 08/04/03
4 lifetime posts
Wow! Thanks for responding so soon. Okay, I know I've heard of it before, but I can't for the life of me remember what brickmold is!

I've also thought about putting the 1x4s on and adding a piece of quarter-mold (is that what it's called) to the bottom along the floor.

k2

04:22AM | 08/06/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hi again,

I found a couple of sites (just through internet searching--I don't have personal experience with these companies) where brickmold is pictured so you can get an idea.

Depending on the look you want, you can see that the brickmold has a flat top and is a nice 'foundation' for adding quarter-round, 1x4s, or (use your imagination! It may not be the look for everyone, as it is fairly wide at the base so juts into the room more than most--but it can still be a pretty dramatic way to make for a fancy looking trim. Anyway here are the URLs:
http://www.royal-wood.com/brickmold.html
http://www.qsmdoors.com/prod/millwork/products.htm

Good luck and happy "remolding"!
-k.

MarilynandRon

05:15AM | 08/07/03
Member Since: 08/04/03
4 lifetime posts
Thanks again! I think I'll go to the millwork shop and ask to see some brickmold in person. I know I used it somewhere in the other old house I remodeled some years ago. As you say, it may be too wide, but I'd still like to check it out. Thank you so much for your input!

k2

05:42AM | 08/07/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
You're very welcome. Also, got to thinking that if you have access to a table saw you might be able to shave about 1/4" or so (whatever works with your "upper" moulding) off the brickmold's depth. If you don't have tackstrip holes (or other floor imperfections) to cover, it would protrude less into the room this way.

You're in a house where you can have some fun with this...enjoy! Good luck, and let us know how it turns out!

MarilynandRon

08:28AM | 08/07/03
Member Since: 08/04/03
4 lifetime posts
Hi, again!

I went to the store today and checked out their brick mold. It did look too wide, but now I remember I used it on my other house as trim around some exterior doors. The store said it is primarily used for exterior purposes.

They showed me some nice flat baseboard that is 1/2" x 3 1/4". The salesman thought it would look fine along the floor, windows, and doors. It will also be easy to stain and varnish. It has an ever so slight rounded edge. If I feel industrious enough, I can add a base shoe along the floor. The more I think about it, the more I think this will work. After staining and varnishing the six-panel doors, I am not looking forward to going through that again. At least it will only have to be done to one side and no corners!

Thanks again!

k2

08:55AM | 08/07/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
There's a lot to be said for "EASY"! Yes, a base or something with some more profile might look good, but you're right; it's that much more work! Sounds like you're on the right path.

See you on the next post!

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