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Molding Makeover

By: Danny Lipford
The Pippins installed new floors, but the living room had dated wood paneling and lacked consistent moldings.

The Pippins installed new floors, but the living room had dated wood paneling and lacked consistent moldings.

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Chris and Lauren Pippin

Chris and Lauren Pippin

Chris and Lauren Pippin share their neat cul-de-sac home with their daughters Charlotte Ann and Chloe. The family has lived there for 12 years, but a few months ago a heavy rainstorm caused flooding in their home.

The Pippins made the best of an unfortunate situation and replaced the damaged floors. However, some of the baseboards and other moldings were mismatched or missing altogether. Plus, the living room stood out with painted paneling.

To make the rest of the living area look as good as the new floors, we helped Chris and Lauren disguise the old paneling and gave the space a molding makeover.

Disguising Wood Paneling and Adding Molding

Danny Lipford uses a miter saw to cut the crown molding.

Danny Lipford uses a miter saw to cut the crown molding.

Paneling is more durable than drywall, but it can be a chore to cover. The first step to disguising the paneling was sanding and wiping down the walls. Then we applied drywall joint compound to fill in the paneling grooves, followed by more sanding, more joint compound, and more sanding.

After lots of elbow grease and a few coats of paint, you’d never know the paneling was there. Watch How to Fill in Grooves in Paneling Before Painting for some tips on this process.

We used the TrimPuller to remove all the baseboards and shoe molding, case and corner molding that were damaged and mismatched. In addition to replacing all of those, we added crown molding to the dining area so it matched the living room.

Now the new floors really shine because the crisp, clean moldings that frame them all match, with consistent margins and finishes.

Watch Installing Crown Molding and check out Tips for Cutting Moldings for ways to add character to your home with molding.

Installing a Rustic Wood Accent Wall

Chelsea Lipford Wolf and Lauren Pippin install the boards for the accent wall.

Chelsea Lipford Wolf and Lauren Pippin install the boards for the accent wall.

To create a rustic focal point for the dining room, we cut sheets of 1/8-inch luan plywood along their length to form the boards. For the width, we decided on 7-7/8 inches so we could get six pieces out of each sheet. The idea was the make the wall look like exposed siding, so we stained the boards gray to look like weathered wood.

Next, we marked each stud in the wall with a vertical line and used these lines to mark the cuts on each board. Random vertical seams were part of the look we were aiming for, but they still needed to land on studs so we could secure the edges. Then we applied construction adhesive to the back of each board and drove two finishing nails at each stud to secure them to the wall.

Once all the boards were in place, we applied a coat of sealer to the whole wall.

Watch Creating a Wood Accent Wall for step-by-step instructions on this project.

The Pippins' finished living room and dining room.

The Pippins’ finished living room and dining room.

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  • Official Comment:

    Lindsay Hughes Says:
    December 13th, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Hi, Larry. It’s Wet & Forget Shower. Here’s a link:

  • Larry Says:
    December 11th, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Missed your tip for cleaning shower stall. Could you give me the product name. Thanks for great shows!

  • Russ Carrier Says:
    December 10th, 2017 at 11:47 am

    End results looked great as usual. I am kind of surprised you didn’t just cover the paneling with 1/4 drywall to minimize the joint-filling labor and dust.

    December 9th, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Mudding the grooves in the paneling is a great idea that I plan to try. How would you go about mudding an outside corner on the paneling wall?

  • Barbara Beaulier Says:
    December 9th, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Dear Sir. I just watched your show with Chris & Lauren. Wonderful new look. Just I would say go back & put in new gutter’s for them . As the flooding comes from where the two corners meet. The water runs off the roof so fast at that section. & runs close to the foundation, When you put the gutter’s up the water won’t be going right straight down. I know as I had water get into my home. Once I put in new gutter’s , All was well. If you go back & watch at the end of this show. It will show all that water from the roof .

  • Shelly Says:
    October 7th, 2017 at 5:34 am

    Do you have any pictures of the German Smear technique used on the old brick behind a wood burner?

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