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Creating an Archway »
If you're ready for a change—and a full-on renovation is out of your budget—a fresh coat of paint or new window treatments can go a long way. For a more dramatic impact, consider adding some architectural interest to the rooms in your home. Here, we transformed an ordinary rectangular cased opening into a beautiful elliptical archway featuring fluted columns, and an arched header with keystone accents. We used a prefabricated 4-foot Model B poplar elliptical-archway kit from CurveMakers. On day one, we prepped the existing opening. On day two, we completed the installation and painted.
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    Tools List

    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • hammer
      Hammer
    • utility knife
      Utility knife, for scoring around casings
    • flat prybar
      Pry bar, used to remove casings
    • drill
      Drill/driver, for driving drywall screws
    • hand saw
      Handsaw, for cutting 1x4 blocking
    • drywall saw
      Drywall saw, for cutting drywall
    • drywall knife
      Drywall knife, for applying joint compound

    Shopping List

    1. ARCHWAY KIT

    2. ½-INCH FINISHING NAILS

    3. ½-INCH DRYWALL SCREWS

    4. DRYWALL

    5. 120-GRIT SANDPAPER

    6. PRIME AND PAINT

    7. DROP CLOTH