WindsorOne offers a nice selection of Craftsman style molding designs for window and door casings, door headers, crown, window stools, and more. You can’t purchase directly from their site, but they seem to have plenty of local distributors across the United States. I like their crown and picture molding combo and the door header has a nice classic look as well, but I don’t think their other trim options have as much detail as the Craftsman trim variations showcased in Reader’s Digest Online, which I’ve already covered in a previous entry.
They do provide detailed drawings that include measurements for each type of Craftsman molding they offer which is great for those who like the style but for whatever reason decide not to buy from WindsorOne. I gotta tell ya, I applaud companies like WindsorOne that strive to keep classic architectural details alive and make them accessible to everyone. They make my life loads easier simply by showing me the way things used to be.
Reader’s Digest has this section within their website called RDLiving that actually has some pretty good home and garden articles. After digging around a bit I found this great article that shows step-by-step, how to install simple, yet intricate Craftsman style trim. From door and window casings, to base boards and even a plate rail. This is stuff that anyone with even the most basic craftsman skills could do. It’s just a matter of piecing everything together. In some cases you’ll need to feel comfortable using the miter saw, and of course ya gotta be handy with a tape measure (which believe me, isn’t always as easy as it sounds), but for the look you get, that’s really pretty easy. Not sure if I’d use oak even though that’ll provide the most classic look. If I were to use oak I’d probably go with a dark walnut stain. My wife and I both love the richness of a dark stained wood. Especially when you contrast it with a lighter shade of wall paint. I have some excellent examples of this in our current Dutch colonial, which I’ll share with you in future posts.
I need to do a bit more research, but I really like some of these trim designs and may end up using some of them in the craftsman home we’re planning to build.