Cornices of old were made strictly from wood, but you contemporary metrosexuals have a choice today of cornices made in everything from fiberglass to gypsum. Regardless of what material the cornice is made from, they all serve the same purpose: making your home look like you in the next income bracket up from the income bracket in which you actually live. Today’s upwardly mobile person has to have an iPhone, PS3 and large screen TV. Upwardly mobile people of more than 50 years ago sought to make their home look like something they couldn’t really afford.
Cornices still have that power.
The cornice is a decorative object that is located between the walls and the ceiling. You could go for a plainly decorated cornice, but what’s the point of that? Go for the gusto, pal o’mine, and invest in richly adorned cornices that just may have the power to make people think you are pulling in a good ten-large more per year than your 1040 would indicate.
If you are looking to replace a cornice because it has become worn or damaged or discolored, you need to give serious consideration to replacing all your cornices. Unless you can match the existing sets exactly, an out of place cornice sticks out pretty badly. If your taste in interior design hasn’t been corrupted by all those home décor shows, you can always go with a new design and when anyone raises an eyebrow of doubt, just say it’s all the fashion in the cornice capitals of Paris, Munich AND Rome. This will shut up anyone except that darn person who’s just not afraid to remove all doubt about being thought a fool. (Hint: Most people will nod their head when you tell the big lie that there even is even one cornice capital, much less three.)
Get out the chisel and rubber mallet because in almost every case know to man or dog, removing a cornice is ugly bidness. Drive a flattened chisel behind the cornice and in front of the wall. Do this on both sides and work it like a chicken dancer in Afghanistan. It will come loose and you can replace it.
Remove any leftover decorating paper and fill in the cracks and holes left behind by your chisel work.
Cut the cornice with a fine-toothed saw and make sure to properly miter the ends. I can’t give you instructions on proper mitering because I have significant spatial disabilities; I like a spatial spastic. You want your saw work to miter the ends and cut down away from the facing. This will keep the edges from breaking.
After the struggle of getting the original old broken-down cornice down, you temporarily consider using an adhesive for the new cornice that isn’t less that jake. That will be a mistake. Go ahead and use the best adhesive you can find and spread it onto the back of the cornice. You’ll want something more than glue holding it up there, so bring in the relief pitcher known as driving a few nails into the edges to make sure the next time you or somebody removes that cornice that you or they will have one sumbitchin hard time.
Wipe away all excess adhesive and sit back with a big grin on your face: You just increased the value of your home by some as-yet- unknown figure!