Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Trim & Ceiling Design Revealed

The trimwork has been installed!  I am soooo happy with the way it turned out, it's amazing what a difference it has made.  It still needs to be painted, but you can really start to see the vision coming together now.  The picture above is the ceiling in the dinng room where the chandelier will eventually hang.  The ceiling is one of my favorite parts of this renovation because of how much character it adds to the space.  And it all started because of the ugly attic pull-down....

This pull-down was in the old hallway, but since the wall was knocked down, it is now in the larger dining room area.  So, after a lot of brainstorming, Matt and I came up with the idea to hide it by adding a pattern of trim on the ceiling.  I wanted to keep it pretty traditional, so we stuck with basic squares and went from there to make it fit the odd dimensions of the room and still cover up the ugly opening.  Here is what the attic pull-down looks like now...

Once it is all painted, you won't even notice that it's there! 

Here is another angle, see how it just blends right in???  Love it!

So, outside of the ceiling, the main trim work was around the opening.  These pictures came out a little blurry, but here is what it looks like.  You can see how it goes all the way from the opening to the ceiling like my first inspiration photo.

Here is a close-up...

The crown that wraps around the top is new as well, and it goes around the entire living room now.  We used to only have the original picture molding, but I decided we needed to add some more depth to the living room since so much was going on with the dining room.  The new crown molding is actually not the standard, it's called "cove" molding because of the shape. 

Also, see the unfinished piece of trim just below the cove molding?  That is new picture molding which we added to help maintain the original style of the house and tie it into the other rooms that still have the original picture molding.  We re-used some of the old picture molding by installing it in the one room that didn't have it, the hallway to the bed/bath area. 

Here is the look of the molding going around the room.  It's hard to tell from this picture, but once this is painted, it is going to be beautiful! 

Well, that's it for now...



  1. oh my gosh! i love the ceilings!! i need to show my husband...that will make that room look so expensive! nice!!

  2. Hi, I really like your ceiling and am considering the same idea to hide the attic hatch. How are you able to open it now?