more picture frame molding & slipcover progress

by | Jun 9, 2020 | All Things Home, Decorating, Room Makeovers | 30 comments

I have planned on adding picture frame molding and chair rail to the sewing room and master bedroom for a long time.  Well over a year!  It kept getting pushed aside, though, and there was no way I could do it when my shoulder stopped functioning properly last summer.  My shoulder is getting better all the time, so when Jeff decided to take the week off for a stay-cation to help me on some projects, installing the trim was at the top of the list.

I have to admit that neither of us really felt like doing it.  It’s a pain to move all of the furniture out of the way, but it was time to just make it happen…take a deep breath, put on some motivating music, and start pushing the furniture away from the wall.

We installed all of the trim in the sewing room in one day…

I made a “map” of cuts for Jeff and he stood out at the table saw making cuts and labeling each piece and then I ran down the steps, picked up the pieces, and installed them.  I got over 18,000 steps on my Fitbit that day!

It was definitely my exercise for the day and it was all worth it.  This is a small, awkward room and the trim makes it special.  I can’t wait to see it all finished.

picture frame molding miss mustard seed

We opted to install the trim in the master bedroom over two days.  The sewing room can stay in a state of disarray for a while, because no one is trying to live or sleep there.  I’ve left the furniture pushed to the middle of the room, so I can finish the caulking, priming, and painting over the next couple of weeks.  Since I’m painting all of the trim and doors in this room, it’s going to take a bit longer and I want to pace myself.  I also am going to starch the fabric up on the walls and that will be much easier with the furniture pushed out of the way.

We actually live in the master bedroom, so we divided it into two days.  That way, we could move the furniture off one wall, install the trim, caulk, prime, and paint all in one day and move the furniture back at night.  I still have some caulking, priming, and painting to do in a few sections, but what is done looks great!  It makes such a difference in a room that is a large box.  (I am going to move the plates up a bit, so they don’t crowd the chair rail.)

You can find a tutorial for installing picture frame molding HERE.

I also finished the cushion covers for the chase.  Obviously, I still need to make the slipcover for the body of the chair, but the cushions are the most annoying part of the project, so it’s nice to have those done.  While I love ticking, it’s not quite working with the other fabrics I’ve selected for the room.  The neutral linen will “quiet” the chair and allow the other fabrics to shine.

slipcover miss mustard seed

The back cushion was originally attached to the back of the chair.  I pondered how to handle this potential issue and ultimately decided that I wanted to separate the back cushion so I could make a cover for it.  If I covered the cushion with the chair, it would be more complicated to make and, in the end, I don’t think it would look as nice.  The cushion helps to hold the slipcover in place, so giving the cushion a separate cover will also help the slipcover fit better.


So, I took a pair of scissors and literally hacked it off.  I shared it on my Instagram Stories and one follower asked, “Did you really just cut it off with scissors?”

Yep, I really just cut it off with scissors!  

slipcover progress miss mustard seed

I hesitated before I did it if that makes anyone feel better!  There may come a time when I want to remove the slipcover and have the ticking showing again and that gave me pause.  Since it’s the back of the cushion, I figured I could sew a patch on it if that was ever the case.

If you’d like to make your own slipcover for a similar chair, you can follow this video tutorial series.  It’s easier than you think!

I still have more sewing and projects to do in this room, but it’s really coming along!


  1. Rebecca - NC

    So much talent!! Love it!!

  2. Diane Orciuoli

    Amazing, what teamwork! It looks great.

  3. monique denoncin

    Amazing that you can tackle all of these projects after the surgery! I am impressed by the advance of surgery miracles we can depend on and recover from!
    I would like to know how you attached the moldings on the walls and if the pieces were primed before you installed them?
    Off with the ticking, it had its moment, the other looks will have more charm.
    All the best,

    • Marian Parsons

      I have been so pleased with how well my shoulder has done. I do need to work on building strength again, because I can tell how weak I am when I’m working with heavy things (like bags of mulch.)

      I attached the molding using a finishing nailer and they were pre-primed when we bought them.

  4. CarlaS

    Wow, it’s beautiful! You are so incredibly talented! Love it!

  5. Soraya from California

    This slipcover progress is exactly the inspiration I needed this morning to get started on my own slipcover – a huge sofa! Thank you Marian!

    • Marian Parsons

      Making slipcovers for sofas does require a good pep talk! That’s a big project, but you can do it. One bit at a time!

  6. Joy Tipton

    Love your fabrics! They are so my personal taste as well! …its almost eerie yet entirely wonderful!
    I would’ve whacked the semi-attached pillow-back off of the chaise too! Like you, I would definitely want to preserve that wonderful ticking for future use. Slipcovers are great, aren’t they?!
    Marian, you and hubby did a beautiful job with your trim! Kudos! 🍃🌸🌿

  7. Abby

    Everything looks amazing! I prefer sewing the cushions to slipcovering, I find fitting cutting the pieces for the body terribly frustrating!! Cushions are easy for me, lol!

    • Marian Parsons

      Well, we need to work on slipcovers together and you can crank out the cushion covers and I’ll work on the body. 🙂

  8. Linda

    Is this room also painted Stonington Grey at 50%?

    Everything looks great!

    • Marian Parsons

      It’s full strength. 🙂

  9. MaryLisa

    You are on roll and your projects are amazing! You always inspire!

  10. Brenda

    I’ve been wanting to put picture frame molding in my bedroom as well. I really want to do the molding on the top part of the walls as well. However, I have a large bedroom set. Would you suggest I place the molding to frame the furniture as it’s placed or place the molding as if there is no furniture in the room? I hope I’m making sense, because I can’t figure out how to ask the question any better! It’s beautiful, by the way! 😉 Thanks!

  11. Beth

    I have blue in my bedroom also and it is so calming and lovely.

  12. Jessica

    The trim work looks so awesome, and I love the neutral linen fabric. You and your hubby obviously make a great team!!! Can’t wait to see the finished garden projects! I love seeing before and after pictures!

  13. Cathy

    It looks beautiful! It’s nice to do something as a “team”, isn’t it?
    The fabrics are “just right”. Where did you find them? Thanks for your inspiration.

  14. Michele M

    Oh, my gosh! I am a human slug compared to one hour of you. Seriously. I am a true and sincere unachiever.

    You are my hero. I really can’t believe all the difficult things you tackle and finish with perfection. Just wow.

    I am hanging my lazy head in shame.

  15. JC

    The chair rail and moulding add so much charm to the space. Beautiful. You are the slipcover queen! I love your attitude to just take a scissor to something when it isn’t working for you!

  16. Renee

    Everything you do is fabulous. Your decorating taste is very similar to mine. I have that exact same linen you are putting on your chase. I am making a slipcover for a gooseneck rocker. You mentioned that the chandelier in your dining room was a $4 yard sale find (deal of the century!!!). I have noticed the chandeliers in your sewing room, master bedroom and studio are also similar. Are they antique finds also? If not, are they still available for purchase?

    • Marian Parsons

      Yep, they are all antique/vintage finds. I bought them all over the place…at markets, antique shops, yard sales, etc. I have five in total!

  17. Patrizia Boszko

    Looks great…lots of work! It’s good to have a teammate to keep you going! How high is the molding from the floor and how did you decide on it?

  18. Bonnie

    I found your blog many years ago when searching for information on slipcovers. Thanks for all the inspiration and insight you have given all of us who have an interest in perking up our furniture that needs a facelift.

    This week I am working on cushions for an metal settee. The cushions are good but they could benefit from a little more fluff. Did I see in the past where you covered a cushion with batting before the cover was put on? If it was you, do you have any suggestions for what type of batting and how to keep it in place?


    • Marian Parsons

      yep! That was me. I wrapped the foam in high loft quilt batting and secured it in place with spray adhesive before making the new cover.

      • Bonnie

        Thanks You are always an inspiration

  19. Marian Weyer

    I love this trim so much! Reading your blog and Facebook posts always inspires me and lifts my spirits.

  20. Cheri Dietzman

    and I’m over here, across town, swooning over the fabrics, and the progress you are making!

  21. Wendy

    Your talent never ceases to amaze me!

  22. Erica H

    It looks lovely; everything looks better on nice, flat walls. Paint colors, fancy trim, you name it. I hate the knock-down texture we have all over TX. It’s even on the ceiling! Who the heck needs texture on the ceiling?

  23. Wendy

    Do you have textured walls? Just wondering because I noticed you didn’t use any backing board (not sure that’s the right term) to smooth everything out.


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