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Easy & Affordable Ways to Add Character to A Builder Grade Home- Part 4: Unique Details

Updated on October 29, 2015

Molding & Trim

When going for character in your home, upgrading your trim and adding crown molding is a great place to start. Little details do not have to cost a lot of dollars to make a huge impact.

DIY molding and trim is fairly simple, it can be done quickly and will not break the bank.

Andrea from the Yellow Cape Cod blog has a great trick to making her molding look super expensive at a fraction of the cost.

Applying this trick to the floor molding is another great idea to create a charming look for cheap.


It is often overlooked, but remember that these little details do not have to be white.

There are many elegant and stunning color choices.

Molding can be gray...


Or even match the wall color...

Adding decorative trim and molding will really add a lot of architectural charm to the blank canvas of boring drywall that is found in new builds.


Adding thick molding and trim around doors and windows, is another quick way to make a big statement. It helps contribute to the farmhouse vibe found in many older homes.


Wall Details

Architectural wall details such as picture frame molding, board and batten, and wainscoting are fine details that will tip the scales on the charm-o-meter.

It will take your home from builder grade to beautiful with just some lumber, a brad nailer, and wood glue.

Picture frame molding is probably the most difficult, but the fine details will offer the biggest splash.


Board and batten is fairly simple, with measuring correctly being the most difficult task, and this project is easy on the wallet.

Adding more detail and raising the height can offer a dramatic flair not found in most homes.

Once again, do not be afraid of color here. Board and batten does not have to be just white.


Beadboard wainscoting offers classic cottage charm.

Installation will be fairly easy but may end up being pricey depending on the room size.


Adding planking to walls using recycled materials is another way to add character throughout your home.

Painted, white washed, or natural are all beautiful choices.



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