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Refurbish the Bedroom With Interior Junkie

My Haarlem mansion dates from 1891. All ornaments are authentic and have been there for the 1.5 century. To give our bedroom an extra classic touch, I wanted to apply moldings. It was a job, but I really have the taste now. Have you already wanted to get started yourself? Below you can read the complete step-by-step plan.

Step 1

Determine the pattern

It was still a bit of a guess whether I wanted one large surface above and a small one below or two large and two small ones. The latter was due to the inspection because I think that’s the best. With four surfaces, our wall really gets such a beautifully classic touch. So it is up to you what you like best. I thought two large frames make the room look bigger than many small ones, but it also depends on your taste.

Step 2

Measuring is knowing!

This is really the most difficult job, because where do you start? I kept the line between the white and blue on the mantelpiece as the height for the top moldings. That way, everything runs smoothly. I then measured the total width of the wall, leaving 35 cm from the wall to the left and right to start with the outside of the moldings. This was the ideal size because that way both moldings became big enough and I still had space between the two.

Step 3

Lick of paint

Before sawing, I painted the moldings in a color of my choice. This because I already had the wall blue. Of course, you can also stick everything on it first and paint it later. Fortunately, I didn’t have to sand, because the moldings have already been primed. After three layers it was nice and opaque and I could continue with step four of these DIY moldings.

Step 4

Just saw

When I determined the width, I took my first trim and put it in the miter box. In such a box you can saw everything in miter. This can be quite an intensive job because you saw it by hand. Next time I would also rent an automatic saw. Then you have everything cut within a few seconds. Make sure you do not cut a mirror image. The decorative frame should be mitered in such a way that you get a frame that fits together nicely. After sawing, I sanded the outer surfaces well.

Step 5

Stick on the wall

The most exciting job! For this step, I picked up the first decorative frame. The spirit level was also used to ensure that the very first frame was really straight. Once it was straight I drew the corners left and right with a pencil. Then I smeared mounting sealant on it. You need two hands for this step because you have to be exactly on those pencil lines on both the left and right. Once it was correct, we glued it directly to the wall. Note: once fixed to the wall, it is really stuck. Just press firmly and your first decorative frame is finished!

Step 6

To repeat

We started from the bottom up, but of course, you can also start from the top down. It is an advantage to work clockwise or backward. So don’t do the top and bottom molding first and then the sides. Then you know for sure that it will be a straight list. We also repeated steps 2 to 5 for the other three style frames. Grab the spirit level with every decorative frame. For example, your wall can be skewed (like ours), so with the spirit level, you make sure that the frame is at least level.

Step 7


The moldings are on it, how beautiful it will be! Now it’s time to touch up the corners with paint. After several licks of paint, the style frame looks completely perfect. Nice huh?

The end result

With this DIY, measuring well and making everything level is crucial, otherwise, the frame will hang crooked or the moldings will not close together properly. I, therefore, recommend buying an extra decorative frame for when you do a wrong calculation. Saves another trip to the hardware store. The pros may be able to do this DIY on their own, but I was glad the two of us did it.

These DIY moldings definitely left us wanting more. I’ve wanted to do it in our living room for a long time, but my husband still has his reservations. Yet we now know exactly how to do it, so who knows, maybe a DIY decorative frame again soon, but for the living room… Or at home. Also, very beautiful, right?

The finishing touch: A good lighting plan

Now our bedroom was almost finished after these DIY moldings. I just wanted to have a good lighting plan, because this space previously only had one hanging lamp. Not ideal for when I want to read a little in bed. The light was too bad. Time for a good lighting plan.

In a room, you always have to deal with basic lighting (the light that you turn on immediately when you enter), functional lighting (for places where you really need light for eating or reading), and mood lighting (for extra coziness). As basic lighting, I had the hanging lamp, but the rest was still missing a lot. As a functional light, I chose two Nordin wall lamps as a night light. The golden jacket contrasts beautifully with the midnight blue on the wall and our denim bed. Finally, like mood lighting, I placed a table lamp, Finn, on a table stand on the floor next to the sideboard, because this used to be such a dark corner. Now our bedroom is really well before light and it looks so much nicer. I couldn’t wait for the dark.