Whenever I walk into a new project, I immediately check for moulding. Is it there? Is it to my standard? Does it need to be ripped out immediately? There is nothing like cheap moulding to undermine an entire project. It doesn’t matter what you put in the home, how expensive it is etc if you have cheap moulding, your entire project suffers. Lipstick on a pig comes to mind.
For #MHDBrownstone we couldn’t cope with the 1980’s builder’s colonial moulding special that was put in. The previous owners had upgraded a few of the areas when they put in newer hardwood floors but unfortunately, they matched what was there to start with with a bit more height and crown moulding in a few areas. Anna who works with us, used to work for Alexandria Moulding so to say that she’s a WEE bit of a moulding snob would be a gigantic understatement. Of course we thought that we could rip out narrow ugly casing but soon discovered that said casing was part of the door jambs so it all has to come out.
The house itself feels contemporary so colonial moulding doesn’t work and it will never ever leave if we didn’t prioritize its removal from the start. Sometimes a renovation is a game of inches. I know that many projects get deferred when a client has to replace eaves, roofs, furnaces or windows. Those are always painful and ungratifying projects. I totally get it. Trim however, makes ALL the difference. It can transform.
I should also mention that we wanted to raise our doors to 90” but then we got a quote of $7000 to do this to a few doors and we couldn’t justify that cost. Anna and I put our heads together and we’ve opted for an “Over Door” We are going to extend the casing up to the ceiling and then instead of an architrave, we are going to apply a raised panel visually increasing the height of the door.
This Over Door by Joseph Dirand is basically what we are looking to recreate. The circle just does it for me. Gah.
Both with the Brownstone and with our #StGeorge project we have doors that are in tight areas and therefore we had to get creative with casing. This bolection moulding from Steven Gambrel was our inspiration for both projects and we purchased it because the bolection gives a projection that narrow mouldings fail to provide in many instances. We don’t want a flat moulding to just lie there an underwhelm or reinforce the tight fits.
I knew that I didn’t want raised or recessed panelled doors for the same reason we chose the bolection. Too many stops and starts and definition would define the smaller areas - our one hallway off of the office area has a powder room, a linen closet with two doors and my office door plus two stairways. That’s a lot of up and downs, stops and starts, ins and outs in a tight space. Flat Slab Front doors were for sure what I was after and the king of my favourite doors is of course Jean Louis Deniot. We are doing Solid Core doors to help with sound control - side note the house is SO SO Quiet from the outside world. AMAZING. The high gloss lacquer is a must if you are going with this option.
We don’t have the same ceiling height as this foyer by JLD but it is serving as our inspiration. I’m just trying to decide if I want polished nickel hardware or the brass and black one I shared the other day. When I see this, I lean to polished nickel if I’m being perfectly honest. I’m open to your thoughts of course. Our doors will be a pale robin’s egg blue - smoked- in a super luxe gloss. This woke me up early the other morning as I realized that I couldn’t just leave the door that colour and paint the casing like the trim elsewhere in a white. If the idea is to make the doors feel taller I have to paint the casing and the over door out the same as the door. The opening photo - which is actually a shot taken by Nam Dang Mitchell that I grabbed to my inspiration file on instagram a few months ago was my original palette inspo for the doors but I think I need to revert back to a paler version of it like in JLD‘s foyer so that it’s a subtle watery gloss. If we are lacquering the doors I’ll use Farrow and Ball’s Light Blue as inspiration for the lacquer mixture and then use their modern eggshell (which has a lot of sheen) for the casing and the panel above the door but not as much gloss as the door. Make sense?
Now back to the hardware - thoughts?