Eco Brooklyn is a New York clay wall installer. We don’t use any brand name clay mixed but prefer to mix the clay ourselves depending on the use. We recently installed some cool clay concrete base molding onto a clay wall. The challenge was that the clay wall was not flat enough for salvaged wood base molding. There would have been gaps between the wood and the clay wall. The other challenge was even if the wall was straight how do you attach the wood to the clay wall (on top of a brick wall).
So we decided to make a base molding out of a clay and concrete mix. It was a classic green building moment where practicality, aesthetics and green thinking synthesized.
The aesthetics of the clay concrete base molding went beautifully with the clay wall. And the clay base molding matched perfectly the wood molding in the rest of the house.
So how did we do it? First we made a plaster mold from the wood base molding. We put oil on the wood so the plaster wouldn’t stick:
Then we smeared the plaster onto the base molding. Once solid we had a mold of the wood shape:
With the mold as our trowel we pressed the clay and concrete mix onto the clay wall:
Once done it looked like a rustic but very real base molding that mirrored the texture of the clay wall and also mirrored perfectly the wood molding it butted up against (see in the pic below):
The end result was a harmonious use of design for the space. It worked well with the salvaged wood floor: