December 20, 2006

to mold, or not to mold....

So, I am spackling the entryway. Well, not this very minute. I mean, I was about five minutes ago. Right now, I'm waiting for what I patched to dry, so I can sand it and put another layer to blend the screeny bits in to the wall. While I am excited for it to have a new pretty coat of paint, and I know the red will be GORGEOUS, I am dreading the numerous coats of paint I will have to put on.

In the meantime, dear readers, I need some opinion action. some of you have seen our place, others have not, but either way, use your mind's eye to picture my options, and tell me what you think our course of action should be.

Because we are in the "garden level" unit, we have a suspended ceiling. This is so that all the necessary lines can be accessed for the building, since it is a converted house. We are replacing the existing (ugly) acoustic tile with pretty faux pressed tin tiles. Originally, in the kitchen and entry way, we were going to replace the existing moulding that looks like this (only oak coloured) with simple wall angle type moulding, that would look like the rest of the grid. However, I started to think about the pain-in-the-ass factor and extra cost, and began to doubt this course of action. We are installing white cabinets with slate style porcelain floor tile and a granite coloured countertop. The kitchen walls will be white, and the entry will be red (like a Coke can). So, here are our other options, please tell me which you think is the best, if you like, why, or if you have a better solution we have not thought of, tell me!

Option A: Leave the existing moulding up as-is. Mounting the cabinets so they butt up against the bottom of the moulding, leaving about a 1"-1 1/2" gap between the cabinet tops and the ceiling. (option A, part two, paint the moulding white--which we may have to do anyway if I can't get the paint off where the previous peeps didn't tape off)

Option B: Same as Option A, but add crown moulding around the tops of the cabinets that would hide said gap. We would for sure use white crown moulding, and would paint the other moulding white as well.

Option C: Remove the moulding where the cabinets will be installed, and use wall angles there. The cabinets would butt right up to the ceiling, and the edges of our existing moulding would butt against the cabinets. Again, we could paint or not, but the sloppiness of the previous owners may take this choice out of our hands.

Option D. Leave the moulding alone and hang the cabinets in the manner the old ones were up, leaving space between the cabinets and ceiling. Not enough space to be useful, but enough that a very determined cat would fit there. The cabinets would be at random heights, to spice things up. In this option we could either use a stud finder, or drill test holes until our drill hit a stud.

On second thought, just ignore option D. Actually, on third thought, ignore option B, as well. Cutting the new crown molding to fit over the existing crown molding for where the two meet would be a nightmare.
So, A or C or new-unthought of option.

Thanks kids!

Posted by raven at December 20, 2006 12:15 AM
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