Last Updated on December 24, 2015 by Kristi Linauer
I’ve finally made progress on the pretty stuff on my entryway wall! I still have loads of sanding and mudding to do on the other walls (getting walls perfectly smooth, since I won’t be texturing, takes forever!), but I decided that I needed to take a day and work on something fun and pretty. It’s just what I needed to motivate me to get the rest of the drywall done! Here’s how the entryway wall looks so far…
And of course, I was anxious to see how the buffet looks against the wall.
I haven’t done any wood filling or caulking on the trim, so up close it’s still looking kind of rough. And the wall is only primed so far. The wall color I’ll be using (Behr Polar Bear) is white, but it’s a much warmer white, so the wall is looking a bit more bright white than it will when it’s finished.
And of course, I can’t do my crown moulding until I get the taping, mudding, and sanding finished on the ceiling. In this room, I’m also going to try a suggestion that someone gave me several months back on another post where I mentioned drywall. The commenter said that drywall pros in her area no longer tape and mud the corners where the walls meet the ceiling if crown moulding will be installed. Instead, they use a caulk called Big Stretch. Caulking those corners sounds so much easier and faster than taping and mudding, so I’m going to give it a try. I found Big Stretch at Lowe’s.
You may also notice that I only added the top moulding on the two outer sections so far. That’s because I haven’t yet decided if I want to do three sections to match the lower sections (as this poor copy-and-paste hack job of a mock up depicts 😀 )…
…or if I want to do one large section on top, like this…
It would help if I knew exactly what I wanted to put on the wall above the buffet, but of course, I have no idea at this point. And as far as the moulding goes, I think either way would look really pretty. This example shows a larger section in the middle, and I like how that looks.
A larger section in the middle, like on the left wall of this bedroom, would allow for one large piece of artwork or a large mirror to be hung over the buffet.
And here’s another example, although I don’t think I like the artwork to be quite so precisely custom-sized to fit inside the large section. Or I suppose they actually custom sized the moulding to fit the artwork.
I much prefer the size relationship of this artwork to the large middle panel.
But the whole “larger middle panel” idea seems to be quite common, and since I have no idea what artwork I want to use right now, it would certainly be the safe way to go. And I really do think it’s beautiful.
But then I always come back to this picture…
For so long now, that picture has been my go-to inspiration pic for the whole-wall wainscoting/picture frame moulding look. And the designer of that room certainly didn’t let that picture frame moulding get in the way of hanging artwork! I’m not sure that I would actually hang mine on the moulding like that, but I could hang a series of pictures inside the framed sections, just like I did several years back in John and Alice’s living room.
So, three sections or one big section in the middle? That’s the question I need to decide on ASAP if I’m going to get this wall finished today.
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