Favorite Google Search – “mid century modern crown molding”

by lesley on August 4, 2011

I love looking at the stats on my blog. I can see the exact search terms that people enter into google that eventually land them on my blog. I’m just a tiny blog, but it’s still entertaining.

I just saw someone find my blog by googling “mid century modern crown molding”. Really? If you typed this, please come back to my blog. Can I please introduce you to all of the fabulous mid-century modern resources and blogs that I have on my blogroll/google reader? And, I promise that no where in any of those fabulous websites/blogs will you find anyone installing crown molding. You will probably find that people are ripping out any crown molding as fast as humanly possible.

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Stephen Meade August 5, 2011 at 8:55 am

LOL…Sadly, based on some of the homes I’ve been in lately, for every 1 person that reached your blog with those search terms there are 100 who never got there and actually installed crown molding in their MCM.

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lesley August 5, 2011 at 8:58 am

ha ha! That was definitely the first time I saw that in my search results, so I couldn’t resist. And, I was drinking too much wine, too.

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Sisi December 26, 2011 at 9:55 am

Here’s the issue for some of us in mid century modern homes though….gaps between the top of the wall and the ceiling. We just ripped out hideous crown moulding that including, I kid you not, a brass strip that made it all shiny on top of tacky. What we found is a gap between the ceiling and the wall. I google Mid century Crown Moulding out of a desire to find something modern and unobtrusive that would look more appropriate than the traditional stuff that’s out there in the marketplace.
Honestly, I didn’t need to be insulted. I think that many people do what they feel is necessary to cover up flaws in the shoddy workmanship of mid century modern builders (a tradition that continues to today’s builders).Our house was designed by one of FLW’s disciples and possesses all of the negative attributes of his designs including a tiny kitchen, low ceilings, flat roof with an A/C on it, and hideously small bedrooms without closets. I’m so tired of MCM and keeping to it. I wish we lived in something turn of the century or newly built, but we’re stuck.

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Lesley December 26, 2011 at 10:18 am

Sisi, My sincere apologies for the insult. You have a great point and we’ve had to do a lot of creative “trimming” in our house to deal with various issues, too. (And, everyone I know with vintage homes gets to deal with these creative challenges). I guess that I associate the word “crown moulding” with the big lunky beveled or multi-layer things (I don’t even know the right words for them) that I associate with very different houses.

So, with that, I’d maybe try using search terms for “modern trim” or something like that. You might get better search results or ideas looking under those terms. I do know that wherever we must have some sort of trim, we try to use the tiniest/flattest strip of wood trim, which we paint/stain in the same color.

Another idea that I’ve seen—I’ve seen several houses that have soffit like things (wish I knew the right terminology) built at the top of the rooms where the wall meets the ceiling). The soffits are used to hide lighting and electrical in a subtle way. I’ve seen it in several houses in our neighborhood.

In our own house, we had to do a crazy (and very painful) thing to the top of our drywall walls. When we ripped off the roof of our house and all of the tongue & groove (because it was rotted), everything moved a little. So, when the new ceiling was put in, we had all of the crazy, jagged gaps at the top of our walls. We noticed that the original construction did not have the drywall go all the way to the ceiling. Actually, where the wall met the ceiling, there is a strip of wood (Maybe about an inch). So, the strips were right under the ceiling and then the drywall was placed under it. I think they did this originally so that they weren’t dealing with drywall tape (or plaster) against a wood ceiling. It was an utter pain because my brother went around every wall/ceiling and cut out the drywall and inserted the wood and then re-did a chunk of drywall, etc. But, it let us get rid of the gaps/jagged stuff.

Again, my sincere apologies for being insulting. We definitely are not purists and just try our best to deal with any challenges that follow the modern “spirit” of our house, rather than the specific feature.

Also, I have a few photo sets on Flickr from houses I’ve toured. I MAY have gotten pictures of various details and trims that you could incorporate into your inspiration.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lealotus/sets/72157622189967227/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lealotus/5162153524/in/set-72157625460254976 – This house has grasscloth or bamboo ceilings, but you’ll see a tiny strip of wood as trim where the ceiling meets the wall.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lealotus/sets/72157620819709617/ – This house is from a Denver historic house tour – I think this house shows a lot of trim where the ceiling meets the wall. It’s pretty subtle.

My entire Denver modern photo set is here – there may be other pics where you can get ideas.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lealotus/collections/72157619599627221/
Also, you can look at my contact list and other people have lots of pictures of modern houses and details that might be helpful, too.

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Beagsie October 14, 2012 at 9:17 am

I have the same problem as Sisi. Natural settling helped by a very dry summer has produced gaps between wall and ceiling – the drywall tape is tearing and peeling. I cringe at the even the thought of crown molding but want something that will accommodate contraction and expansion and possible future gaps. Also something clean and minimalist that won’t totally ruin my MCM house – which I love!

Thank you for the searching tips

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JoeDad April 19, 2014 at 10:14 pm

My beautiful MCM had a kitchen fire before we bought it (we found out after purchase from a neighbor). After the fire, I believe the ceiling drywall was replaced in the kitchen and adjoining living room and hallway… because… cracks developed in the living room and hallway between the walls and ceilings, and when I went to repair, I noticed the ceiling drywall was not tucked on top of the wall drywall. I have repaired the cracks, and repainted the walls and ceilings twice (about every 4 years). A simple and modern looking cove molding would fix my problem. It’s not ideal, but I do not want to replace all my ceiling drywall, and the blown insulation that is on top of it, and I’m don’t want to fix/paint again because of some stupid cracks because of shoddy work by lowest bidder insurance workers.

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Katie August 11, 2014 at 9:20 am

Hah! My husband and I are in the process of purchasing a 1955 ranch that has been beautifully maintained, but sadly updated with stuffy “traditional” styling like granite countertops, tufted velvet window treatments and… dentil crown moulding! My extended family thinks I’m nuts for wanting to rip it out (along with a fussy froufrou front door with a floral beveled glass lite. Ick) . Would be lovely in a Victorian, not so much in this modest ranch!

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jason August 6, 2015 at 3:25 pm

Haha! we were one of those people who googled something about molding and MCM. Thanks for the info and we will keep our house free of molding. I found your comments humorous .

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Lawrence Naff August 4, 2016 at 7:15 am

This is funny. I actually found this page by searching the same thing. I grew up in a mid century modern home, after I went off to college from highschool, my mother got married and we both moved out of the house. It wound up being abandoned for about ten years and now I am getting ready to move back into it. I’ve just recently got to understand what MCM means and I am tasked with a lot of work trying to fix it up to move back in. Of the three bedrooms, only one of them has a flat ceiling that is super low. I plan on using crown moulding here but after considering the slant in the rest of the house, I raelized that this would look so odd and I Googled “Mid century modern crown moulding” to figure out if anyone actually does this and what it would look like.

Judging by this post and an article on Houzz, this is a no-no and insults the style. RIght now, the only moulding in the house is around the interior beams. I am starting to wonder if it was always there.

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Eliza December 28, 2016 at 10:35 pm

Pretty sure the reason I (thankfully!) ended up here is because there is such a dearth of any ‘anti-crown-molding” sentiment to be easily found anywhere, even on ye olde interwebs.
I was actually starting to wonder if I’m a bit crazy for wanting to yank the crown molding from the humble 1959 Texas ranch we just purchased but my god! It feels soooo cheesy
Thanks for this and I’ll be following some links !

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