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Craftsman Moulding: Easy How-Tos
Calling all DIY fans! Here’s how to create your own Craftsman-style look for your home’s doors and windows.
You’ve probably noticed we’re a bit obsessed with the Craftsman look here at Cottages and Bungalows. Gabled roofs? Swoon. Dormers? A total “do!” Wide front porches? Yes, please! In fact, Craftsman moulding can be seen in this year’s Cottages & Bungalows Project House. The Craftsman style dates back to the early 1900s, but this classic... READ MORE
Written by by Kathryn Drury Wagner

You’ve probably noticed we’re a bit obsessed with the Craftsman look here at Cottages and Bungalows. Gabled roofs? Swoon. Dormers? A total “do!” Wide front porches? Yes, please! In fact, Craftsman moulding can be seen in this year’s Cottages & Bungalows Project House. The Craftsman style dates back to the early 1900s, but this classic American look is again white-hot in popularity.

The look we’re loving doesn’t stop at the front door, though, but also extends into the homes’ interiors. Often, in historic Craftsman homes, you’ll see simple-yet-gorgeous, wood-trimmed interiors with recognizable hallmarks such as baseboards and crown moulding. Did you know you can get this classic look in your home as well? And that you can Craft(sman)-It-Yourself using moulding pieces? Here are a few installation ideas, courtesy of Woodgrain.

craftsman moulding detail

 

Let’s start by assembling the tools needed for these “CIY” projects.

  •      Moulding
  •      Pencil
  •      Level
  •      Measuring Tape
  •      Miter Saw
  •      Nails
  •      Nail Gun
  •      Wood Glue
  •      Spackle
  •      Caulk
  •      Liquid Nails (optional, but can be used for extra security)

Now comes the fun! The projects.

Craftsman-Style Door Frames

craftsman door frame

Add beauty and interest to a door by framing them with thick, Craftsman-style boards. For this look, you’ll want to use interior casing moulding for the boards and the header.

The basic C-I-Y steps:

  1. Measure and cut leg moulding
  2. Nail leg moulding
  3. Calculate the header moulding length
  4. Cut the head moulding
  5. Nail the head moulding
  6. Touch up as needed.

For more detailed step-by-step instructions, click here.

Framing A Bathroom Mirror

This elegant look really makes a bathroom looked polished. To achieve this look, use a thicker moulding profile, such as casing or baseboards. You can even add multiple pieces for a truly custom feel.

The basic C-I-Y Steps:

  1. Measure and cut moulding
  2. Paint moulding
  3. Frame mirror
  4. Touch up as needed.

For more detailed step-by-step instructions, click here.

The Cottages & Bungalows Project House features Woodgrain boards throughout the home. To find similar boards for these and other Craftsman-It-Yourself projects, click here.

 

 

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