Making New Plinth Block Moulding Look as Good as Old

Over the last several weeks I’ve been trying my best to replicate the historic moulding in our Foursquare.

This has been a difficult task overall as I’ve been dealing with several variables at once. Wonky walls, weird depth, modern doors, and chunkier wood than you find in stock moulding has made this somewhat more complicated than expected.

Our house is in rural Maryland and is technically a 1908 American Foursquare. At least, that’s its style from the outside. But inside it’s a house with a slight identity crisis. If you look up photos of American Foursquares from roughly this time you’ll see a lot of interiors with dark wood, paneled walls, and flat mouldings that look more like this.

Photo Credit: Hooked on Houses

But in our home, it seems the exterior style was a little bit ahead of the interior. Our home retains most of its original mouldings, and I would certainly put them far more squarely in the late Victorian period than what is most commonly associated with early 20th century.

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