I’m not a complete liar, after all

It was over two years ago when I got the bright idea to widen the doorway between the kitchen and dining room. I had just ordered (some) custom cabinets, jacked up the house and had several supports put in the basement, new appliances, electrical upgrades and installation of walnut flooring in the kitchen.

No concern was given to the vent pipe (the sink was on the other side of that dining room wall) or the fact that it was a load bearing wall. Or… matching the existing moulding in the house.

When the carpenter who was installing the cabinets offered to open up the wall – for a reasonable price – I jumped all over it.

Turns out that I should not have done that, it ended up being a super stressful experience with lots of lasting issues that give me night terrors and a severe case of avoidance to the point that I don’t even want to finish the kitchen (like… dry walling the ceiling.)

That project started after I had ordered the cabinets, there was a 3+ month turnaround time, so I figured I would install a temporary ikea sink cabinet until I ordered the matching custom cabinet.

Major LOLZ.

I ran out of large chunks of money to order the rest of the cabinets.

I guess I should rephrase – I decided to scrape together money and use it to make other areas of my house prettier. Because I don’t actually want to deal with the problems in the kitchen, just pretty stuff. Priorities.

Plus, I’ll never actually have large chunks of money.


That’s not the point right at this moment.

The point is: after the drywall went up – the moulding did not.

It became quickly apparent that I was not going to be able to locate stock pieces that matched the crown and decorative egg and dart. The crown is no longer beefy and solid, and the egg and dart profile is no longer manufactured – anywhere.

I gave up on it.

It looked like this: IMG_1473Sad little misplaced thermostat.

Until I proclaimed my intention to work on the dining room and put the trim back, and by the grace of god, I have wonderful and supportive readers that I don’t want to be a liar to.

One thing I did find readily available at the lumber yard was the casing. Hooray! I purchased, brought it home, and realized that it was 1/4″ less wide than the existing. Fuckkkkk. Oh, well. I used it.

Ok. So.

This likely won’t make any sense to anyone outside of my own brain.

The existing crown is solid, and rests on the top of the 1×6 – projecting 3/4″ underneath for the egg and dart, and a total height of 7″.IMG_1486

Current crown matching the profile projects 3/4″ less, which if placed on top of a 1×6 would not allow the space for any decorative egg and dart.IMG_1489IMG_1491





My solution was to use a 1×8″ board (7 1/2″ actual), and have the crown flush with the top of the board – which would then project 3/4″ underneath.

The whole height is now 1/2″ taller, but, shit. We do what we can. I didn’t feel like ripping it down 1/2″. What.

I hope it doesn’t haunt me in the afterworld.

It was around the time that I had made all my cuts and had it all put together, but not on the wall, that my stupid pneumatic nailer quit on me. What the hell, driver?! Why aren’t you retracting and loading a new nail?!

I ran to my local ace for a metric allen wrench to try to open it up, but 3 of the 6 screws would. not. budge. And, tbh, I have no idea what I would have done with if, even if I did get it open.

A curse filled trip to Home Depot and I have a new one, and the (door? opening?) header is up! And casing!IMG_1478 IMG_1487

That sad little thermostat got moved!

I am still on the search for a comparable egg and dart moulding. I have been to two lumber yards, ordered some from home depot (only to be returned), and have two on order from online to see if they will work.

Since I’m having such a blast cutting those 45 degree angles, I’ve decided to try my hand at some wall moulding? ALL THE MOULDING!

Now, to spackle a thousand nail holes and purchase another $99 gallon of paint – because of course I just barely ran out.

In other news. I am taking a ridiculously long time making simple decisions and stalling on ordering anything else. Do I want an all black modernica planter? A black and wood one? White and black? Do I want to have a ceiling medallion, or no ceiling medallion with the new light fixture? Like, seriously. Not real problems.

I have a week off coming up, it’s become my annual staycation the week of my birthday, and I’m hoping to get some decisions made and some progress. Hopefully the new light fixture will be part of that! It’s been almost 6 weeks since I’ve ordered, but unsure when it will ship.

One last thing, I used to have an Instagram widget and then it broke or something and I have not been able to find another one to put in my sidebar. I am not code savvy. What have other people used to help? Please, save me.







9 Replies to “I’m not a complete liar, after all”

  1. It looks great so far. I hope you find the egg and dart moulding soon! Have you checked Metrie? Their website is a bit of a pain, but maybe there’s something there. Sometimes craft stores have small pieces of mouldings. I would also check the restore or any salvage yard that’s nearby. Lumber 84 can do special orders so they might have something as well, if you have one nearby. And one last place: if you live in a town with a lot of older homes, the smaller hardware stores like Ace do a nice job of stocking stuff to repair older homes.
    Ps. I love that paint color so much!

    1. Thank you, Emy! I really did not anticipate it being this difficult to find. Le sigh.
      I’m going to check in on your kitchen progress. I hope all is well.

  2. I love that your moulding and walls are the same color. Avoidance, followed by bursts of productivity, then months of no work because we’re enjoying the fact that we accomplished something is also how we remodel. 🙂

    What IG plugin were you using? They all needed to be updated last month because IG changed their rules. I use Instagram Feed by Smash Balloon for myself and clients, and it still works after the update!

    1. Thanks, Christina! I’m told that I’m a millennial, but technology is definitely above me. I figured out the Instagram feed plugin, is there a way to add it to my side bar where the other widgets are? See me pretending like I know what I’m talking about. I really appreciate the help.

      1. Ha! You had me fooled. 😉 Helping with tech is my favorite.
        * In your dashboard, hover over Appearance in the left-side menu and click Customize.
        * Click Widgets, then Primary Sidebar.
        * Click Add a Widget, then select Text.
        * Title the widget whatever you want (it will show above your IG feed). Inside the text area, paste this:
        * Save it, and you’re done!

  3. Madeline, Have you ever looked at Ekena mill work? They specialize in composite moldings that are replicas of old moldings. Home Depot carries it on their website and so does Amazon- although they don’t have a great selection.


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