Makeovers

Finishing Touches

Using builder supply materials to give your home architectural interest

by Sarah Richardson,

Webisode Living and Dining After - Sarah Richardson Lowe's Renovation

AFTER: After photos of the living room and dining room

Webisode Living and Dining Before - Sarah Richardson Lowe's Renovation

BEFORE: Before photos of the living room and dining room

Webisode Mudroom - Lowe's Renovation

AFTER: After photos of the mudroom

Webisode Mudroom - Lowe's Renovation

BEFORE: Before photos of the mudroom

Webisode Downstairs Living Room  After - Sarah Richardson Lowe's Renovation

AFTER: After photos of the downstairs living room

Webisode Downstairs Living Room  Before - Sarah Richardson Lowe's Renovation

BEFORE: Before photos of the downstairs living room

Webisode Master Bedroom After - Sarah Richardson Lowe's Renovation

AFTER: After photos of the master bedroom

Webisode Guest Bedroom Before - Sarah Richardson Lowe's Renovation

BEFORE: Before photos of the master bedroom

Episode 10

Trim details and interesting architectural features add huge value and impact to a home, but what if yours is bland and boring? Embellish and get creative! By installing inexpensive exterior panelling, high baseboards, chair rail, and even crown moulding, you can make your home look like a designer masterpiece. With a bit of know how, you can give your rooms the character you always wished they had!

Timeless Treasures

Look for classic details when selecting your door hardware. A simple, round knob is a timeless choice and can be brought up to date with the finish selection. An aged pewter tone can easily be mixed with black, steel, or antique brass accents, so it's a good choice for any home!

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Weiser RP Hancock Passage Knob - Item #315564

WOW Factor

Add some wow factor to your storage area. There's no universal rule that says your doors have to be painted plain white. Since doors get a lot of wear and tear on a daily basis, it's practical AND pretty to treat them to any bold and fun hue you choose!

Colour

Think of your panelling as another opportunity to experiment with colour (it doesn't have to be white!). You can create a more noticeable contrast in colours if you accent the chair rail and baseboard with white trim paint, and use a warm grey for the panelling.

Durability

To create a durable textured backdrop to your tub, consider installing pine beadboard panelling. Once painted in a glossy paint finish, the panelling provides an inexpensive yet effective alternative to installing tile.

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C&C Wood Products Ltd. 48 Pine Wainscot Beaded 9.33 sf - Item #261975

Versatile

Embrace the versatility of chair rail and select the height that gives you the most flexibility. It's easy to create a dramatic effect by setting the chair rail down 20" from the ceiling. Since rolls of wallpaper are tradtionally 21" wide, this space allows you to run a single width of paper around the perimeter of the room with the minimum number of seams.

The great outdoors

When trying to achieve great results with minimum investment of time and resources, look for ready-to-go solutions. The panelling in this family room is actually intended for exterior use and is sold in 4' x 8' sheets. Each sheet overlaps the adjacent one seamlessly, so you can get the effect of wide plank panelling with minimum installation effort (just saw an 8' sheet in half vertically and you'll have 4' tall panelling to run around the room at a price that won't break the budget!

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Georgia Pacific 3/4" Thick 4'x 8' Sheet Exterior Plywood Paneling with Groove - Item #12957

Size Matters

The rule of thumb with trim and baseboard details is that bigger generally looks better. Underscaled trim details make the architecture of a home look cheap, whereas chunkier profiles will help frame your home in style! Even in a home with standard 8' ceilings, you should still use a baseboard at least 7" in height.

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Evertrue 19/32" x 6-1/4" MDF Baseboard - Item #165037

Evertrue 1" x 2-7/8" MDF CHRL (L300) chair rail - Item #85834

A Money Saver

A bit of chair rail can be a money saver in the long run. If you are dreaming of installing a decorative wallpaper to add pizzazz to one of your rooms, think of how much less paper you'll need if you divide the wall with a chair rail.

Want the look?

EverTrue 1" x 2-7/8" MDF CHRL (L300) chair rail - Item #85834