Its in the details

One of the projects that I’ve been busy working on is a quick remodel on a little cottage bath.

Although the structure was built sometime between the 1920s- early 1950s the trim work in the bathroom was lacking in character. Normally we would salvage the original mouldings but considering the existing is pretty lackluster, we’ll start from scratch.

The bathroom has now been gutted and I’m thinking about what style of trim I might want to put back. I need to find an image of some trim I’d like for my carpenter to replicate. Here are some of the styles I’m considering,

Simple window trim with the top piece extending slightly beyond the sides

cottage banquette Sunset


Window trim similar to style pictured above

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The Cottage Company

Beautiful trim work in a small rental cottage that got a little facelift earlier this year. Notice that curved crown moulding at the ceiling too.

molding detail Dining Room

Another example of the trim from above with the top cap. I’ve read that this style was commonly found in Federalist and Greek Revival homes built around the 1800s. I’ve found it to be common in family homes in my area built in the early 1900s through the 1920s.

molding door This Old House

This Old House

Beautiful arch in a mission style home.

molding mission style

This Old House

You can purchase arch trim kits from retailers like Curve Makers or purchase flex trim from home improvement and builder supply companies for a custom trim design.

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This Old House


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  • So fun to pick this stuff out. The trim in photos 2/3/4 is really common where I live – Midwest/Chicago area in houses built in the 1900 – 1920s. I do love the trim in photo #1 though — and also seems like it would be less expensive/simpler than any other option.

  • My vote is for photos 3 & 4 :) I love the arch door kit too, but that’s probably a lot more expensive. Thanks for the inspiration!

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