By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Much of the appeal in an older home is the moldings and other woodwork that add character and charm to the rooms. Many new homes are built without those defining details, but they can be added to transform a room. A good example of a small detail that adds charm is wooden brackets installed in an alcove or passageway between two rooms.
It's an ideal DIY fix-up even for a first-timer because it's so easy and inexpensive. First, choose brackets that complement your decorating scheme and coordinate with any existing molding in the room. Then paint or stain the brackets as appropriate. When the paint or stain is dry, fasten them to the wall with construction adhesive.
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A handyman will charge $172 to finish and install two decorative wooden brackets, which includes labor and material. You can buy two unfinished wooden brackets, paint or finish, finishing nails and construction adhesive for $125, and do it yourself, saving 27 percent. You'll also need 120-grit sandpaper, a measuring tape, carpenter's level, hammer, nail set and caulk gun (to apply the adhesive).
Before installing the brackets, test fit them in the location to make sure you know exactly where you want them. If they're lightweight, you can use double-stick tape to hold them in place while you step back and take a look.
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The average price to install wood brackets noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. Tweak the data by adding your ZIP Code to find a local cost.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020