Replacing Your Old Moldings With Custom Moldings Is Easier Than You Think

If you are looking to give the interior of your home a fresh, new look but don't want to endure the stress of a large home renovation project, then consider just replacing your home's moldings. New, custom moldings can give the inside of your home the new appearance and feel you desire quickly, easily and with less effort than you may expect. 
Read on to learn more about home interior molding and the basic steps it takes to replace old molding with fresh, custom molding. 
5 Types of Interior Home Molding
Before replacing your home's molding, it is a good idea to learn about the types of custom molding available. You may be inspired to add a new molding to the interior of your home after you love the appearance of your replacement molding. 
The main types of interior molding are: 
  • Crown molding. Also called "cornice molding," this molding lies right at the joint where walls and the ceiling meet. Replacing crown molding can make a huge impact on the appearance of a home.
  • Casing. This type of molding surrounds doors and windows, and it is often used to hide the joints where door jambs and windows meet the walls. 
  • Base molding. Often referred to as "baseboards," these moldings not only cover the joints between walls and the floor, but they also protect the base of walls from damage. 
  • Rail molding. Also referred to as "handrail" molding, this interior trim is typically run horizontally across walls to add visual appeal and/or cap wooden wall paneling. 
  • Chair railing. Chair railing is similar to handrail molding, but it serves the important function of protecting walls from damage that could occur when furniture or other objects bump into it. 
  • Threshold molding. Sometimes called "transition" molding, this molding lies flat against the floor where two floor surfaces meet and lines the bottoms of doorways. 
  • Astragal molding. This molding is often positioned between two doors to help them shut tightly, but it is also used decoratively to add visual appeal to a room. 
Now that you can identify the type of moldings you have in your home and which you do not, you can decide which you would like to replace and if there are any additional molding styles you would like to add to your home to protect your walls or simply add great visual appeal to them. 

3 Steps to Replace Interior Moldings

As you can imagine, the process of removing old interior molding and replacing it with new, fresh molding varies depending on the type of molding being replaced. However, the basic steps to take are as follows:
1. Take measurements of the molding you are replacing. When replacing just a section of damaged molding, make sure to measure the length, height, and thickness of the section you are replacing, so Larsen Lumber can create custom molding that matches up well with the molding you currently have in place.
However, if you are completely replacing a type of molding in your home, contact our staff who will be happy to tell you the additional measurements of your home you will need to take to ensure your new molding fits your home perfectly. 
2. Remove the old molding. To remove base molding, you can simply insert a putty knife or pry bar between the molding and the wall and gently pry it loose. If you work slowly and carefully, you may be surprised when each section of old molding comes off in one solid piece. 
Nails used to secure the base molding to the wall should stay secured to the molding as you remove it. For instructions on how to remove other types of molding, reach out to the staff at Larsen Lumber, who will gladly provide you precise instructions. 
3. Replace with new custom molding. Molding installation is also very easy, and after cutting molding to size and creating any needed joints, you can simply nail it into place. 
The molding experts at Larsen Lumber can create fresh, new custom moldings and provide you with more detailed installation instructions.