Duplicating Antique Wood Moldings

Carrie from Hawthorne Street shared with a great how-to for making replicas of antique moldings. One of the challenges of restoring an older home is finding original details or re-creating them. Replacing wood elements is extremely difficult and many times cost prohibitive but if you’ve have existing pieces to create a mold you are halfway there.

From Hawthorne Street:
Our house was missing two pieces of an ornate carving when we moved in. It’d be all-but-impossible to find an identical replacement, short of stealing one from a neighbor. So I called Van Dyke’s Restorers and asked if they sold anything I could use to create a mold. Yes. Yes, they did.
I needed two products: Silputty, which allows you to make a (negative) mold of the wood piece. And Por-A-Kast, the stuff you pour into the mold to make a (positive) replica.

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Timothy Dahl

Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
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