Moldings are spice of home-improvement life

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Moldings are one of those fun home-improvement projects than can really spice up a room makeover or help you achieve just the right feeling in your new home or remodel. From baseboards to crown moldings, door casings to window trim, there are enough sizes, styles, colors and material options available in stock and by special order to satisfy most homeowners. But what if you still can't seem to settle on the perfect look for your room, or you want something a little different from what the local home center carries? With a little creativity and maybe some woodworking prowess, you can have it. COMBINING MOLDINGS The first possibility to expand your horizons outside the norm is to combine stock molding patterns to create something different. With a little imagination, there are an endless number of combinations you might consider. Some basic suggestions include: Mix and match: Take a standard piece of 1x3 or 1x4 hemlock or MDF (medium-density fiberboard, a common material for paint-grade ...