Who here loves wall treatments and molding? Well, I can say that I do, normally! I am a huge fan of adding different wood treatments to add character and interest to a room. Now, why is this a post on removing molding you ask….. well, I just wanted to add different kinds of wood treatments than the existing ones. When we purchased our house I knew I wanted to shiplap the wall in the living room that you can see when you first walk in. It had two boxes under the windows, that I knew would have to go before getting started.Our entryway wall also had the same boxes floor to ceiling.
At first, I loved them because they added interest to the large blank wall but over time, not so much. They collected dust and dog hair, but they also made it really hard to hang anything on the walls. It always felt off balanced and kind of out of place since we don’t have anything like it in the rest of our house. So we decided to take them down, here’s how.
STEPS TO REMOVE MOLDING
I would like to apologize in advance for the awful photos but we were on a really bad time crunch and I had to work with what I had on hand. Sorry friends!
1: Cut around the edge of the molding with a utility knife.
2: Use a molding bar to try to pop the molding off of the wall. This is the one we have, it works really well and doesn’t mess up the molding if you plan to use it again. This one is almost exactly like it if you are looking. Go along the entire piece starting in the corner or edge and work the molding off slowly.To avoid messing up the drywall sometimes you need to put a small piece of wood against the wall. This also helps get more leverage as seen below.
3: Pull the molding off of the wall completely and pull the remaining nails out of the wall with your molding bar or hammer.
Ta Da, three easy steps and you removed the molding. Now normally you would be done but whoever put these on glued them with construction adhesive. Upon removing them they destroyed the drywall beyond any repair that we could do ourself. Time to call in the professionals!!! Side note, please don’t glue things on unless you have to. Speaking from experience future homeowners will thank you.
I’m sure you might be thinking it can’t be that bad, well let me show you. This is the wall with all the squares removed.This is the damage up close that was caused because they were glued. We called in Tommy Joye Drywall Co. out of Clover, SC. He was recommended to us by a good friend in the Home Renovation line of work that we trust. He came out and gave us a quote that we agreed to. He then came out three times to skim coat the walls and do a lot of sanding. This is what the end of the first day looked like. He put a single coat on and then sanded the entire wall. Below is what the wall looked like at the end of day two.They did a second coat and put a fan on it to dry overnight. On the third day, they came back and sanded it really well. Overall they did a really great job and if you live in the area I would be happy to pass along his information. It made a pretty decent mess but that was to be expected. When the painters arrived they put two coats of primer on it to make sure that we didn’t have any problems in the future, as well as hide any small remaining imperfections.
Now we are finally ready to have the painters come in and put the house back together. Not having my downstairs in order was about to drive me crazy! In two weeks I’ll be sharing how I picked paint colors and hopefully a few before and afters.