Baseboards + Winter

Baseboards! We have them!

In the nook room, anyway. Out of all the things to do in this home, our funny little room has quickly become the one that’s taking priority – not out of necessity, no. But for a room so small, in all honesty, it’s just easier to tackle. Our first adventure in a really bold color? Yes. A new light fixture? Yup! Art for the walls? Okay, you get it. And when it came to baseboards, the smaller cost was easier to swallow in addition to our first practice go-round.

We picked up the total length we would needed last Friday evening (in addition to the same amount in quarter round), I painted everything on Saturday morning, and by early evening (while also juggling a few other projects), we had everything cut and installed. On Sunday, Scott caulked the seams, and I spackled the nail holes and finished it up with a final coat of paint. (We used Behr exterior paint in Ultra Pure White semi-gloss.)

For now, we brought the baseboards around the corner, but the living room is still trim-free. Add to that the studio, the studio storage room and entryway – all of which adds up to one pretty, shiny penny. We’ve hit a series of road bumps in this last week (one of them being an emergency visit to the vet for our Libby girl; we’re counting our lucky stars that she’s fine now!), so we’re a little unsure of which room makes the most sense to tackle next. The foyer? (So we can then paint the stairs?) The living room? (So we can move forward with other design decisions?) The studio and storage room? (So I can finally start getting my systems in place?) The impatient nut job inside of me screams all of them!

We’ve been working on retro fitting sturdier shelves for the bookcase in this room, and we gave it a good rug attempt that didn’t work out in the end. (We’re thinking maybe our Flor may work though?) We’ll also need to add a window sill in here – since we’ve spied Jack trying to rest his chin on the inner window casing – but in the meantime, we also need to focus some energy on lower-cost projects that’ll make a big impact now (i.e., painting rooms and organizing the messy zones). Scott and I both hit a wall this past weekend – each of us at different times, naturally, adding to the feeling of chaos. There are still so many unpacked boxes, a room that’s literally been dubbed The Scary Room, and I’ve grown (beyond!) frustrated that my clothes are still in bins.

We blame winter. (Right?)

Despite this, we’ve been making a lot of progress, and although we’ve been really, really trying to stay mindful of working thoughtfully and slowly, it’s just as easy to get caught up in doing everything all at once! I do have a hard drive full of photos and other works in progress to share, but I must admit, this week has been a strange one (for too many reasons to count). So with that – and with a seemingly unassuming post on baseboards that turned a corner! – we’re saying TGIF. Even though it’s Thursday. And we’re wishing you a happy, happy day full of love tomorrow, this weekend and yes, every day afterwards.

See you next week!

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  • angela2.13.14 - 7:01 AM

    Love seeing your progress and I can imagine how overwhelming it all is. Can’t wait to see what you tackle next!

    Angela @ Number Fifty-ThreeReplyCancel

  • Marie2.13.14 - 8:04 AM

    I really wish Libby is ok now. What happened to her ?
    For now, I can feel you’re tired guys but look at all the work done, all those amazing things you’ve been improving since you moved into your new house. I can truly understand there’s still so much to do but you’re both so lucky to share your projects, not only with us but as husband and wife. We can see how you love working together and how things do work well. Take time to rest a little, share great moments with the kiddos and everything will be ok. TGIF ;-)ReplyCancel

    • Kim2.13.14 - 8:33 AM

      Thank you both!

      Marie, our little girl is getting old, and we had a scare that resulted in a day at the vet. You wouldn’t know it now – she’s back to her sweet cuddly self, so rest assured that all is well again in Libby Land. Regarding the big to-do list ad with winter outside, it seems only right to tackle what we can indoors, but we are itching for some warm sun right about now! Your advice is spot on though. Thank you!

      Longest. winter. ever.ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square2.13.14 - 8:58 AM

    I like that you’re doing just one room at a time with the baseboards. That’s encouraging to me – we’ve been staring at our need-to-be-repainted baseboards and trim and doors (ALL over the house!) and feeling overwhelmed that maybe it should be done all at one time. And that would be such a giant undertaking! If we just tackled one room at a time, it would be much more manageable. And I LOVE how your first room of baseboards came out – it really polishes that little room off!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey d.2.13.14 - 8:59 AM

    Question — why use exterior paint on the baseboards? Durability?ReplyCancel

  • Kim2.13.14 - 9:01 AM

    Laura, yes, MUCH more manageable. It’s so easy to be overwhelmed (as referenced in this post!), so breaking it into smaller chunks can help. We hope!

    Lindsey, absolutely.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer I2.13.14 - 9:11 AM

    The room looks so pretty! I really like watching your house unfold.

    Sounds like a nice little break is needed for you guys, then when you are ready, you can tackle your next project. And don’t discount the emotional toll of having something happen to your pet — that is stress in itself. Have a good weekend.ReplyCancel

    • Kim2.13.14 - 9:47 AM

      Thank you, Jennifer :) Funny how you have to hear it from others to remember to take a break every now and then!ReplyCancel

  • ann2.13.14 - 10:00 AM

    Kim – Are you getting muscles like Nicole Curtis the “Rehab Addict”?ReplyCancel

  • Kim2.13.14 - 10:07 AM

    Ann, too funny! I don’t think I could ever be as teeny and muscley as Nicole. Love her.ReplyCancel

  • Julie2.13.14 - 10:14 AM

    I totally get the small zone approach. (I’ve even been known to paint just one wall at a time vs a whole room.) It’s so much less daunting. That, and I like to see a finished product quickly, even in small doses!;) Baseboards look great! Love how you are transforming your old home.ReplyCancel

  • misie2.13.14 - 11:35 AM

    looks great guys! Baby steps right?! The list we have for our new place is daunting so, like you said, I think I’m just going to start painting stuff so I feel like it looks different because everything else just has to wait. have a fantastic weekend, rest up!ReplyCancel

  • Haley2.13.14 - 11:42 AM

    So glad Libby is okay!

    You have done so much already, so it is about time for a break. Maybe a hot bath, a fluffy robe, and a movie with your favorite snuggle buddies. Or bake cookies and have a flour fight with each other. Flour is easy to clean up and the levity is worth it.

    Take care!ReplyCancel

  • Kim2.13.14 - 11:47 AM

    Haley, that’s awesome. Never had a flour fight before, but I wonder if my OCD will get in the way? ;)ReplyCancel

  • Glad to hear that Libby is OK, vet visits can be scary and pricey.

    I think it was smart to start with a small room, by getting it finished it gives you that feeling of accomplishment!ReplyCancel

  • Alexis2.13.14 - 12:08 PM

    I can’t even begin to imagine how you guys are doing and how you’ve made it this far living in construction. But you’re doing amazing job, your home is beautiful, and this will all pass and you’ll be laughing about it soon.
    Blame the weather, breathe, and reboot!

  • I think you have to tackle home renovation the same way you eat an elephant – one bite at a time (and a lot of breaks in between, because ‘Hello! That’s a lot to take on at once.) Cold days and dark nights definitely don’t help. I hope you’re enjoying your early weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Kim2.13.14 - 2:45 PM

    Heather, I always say the same thing! Ha, my old boss used to tell me: How do you eat a whale? One bite a time.ReplyCancel

  • The baseboards look great! I like how tall they are!ReplyCancel

  • Traci2.13.14 - 9:38 PM

    I love that room, and especially your floors! The whole scene is light and bright and a brought me a nice bit of cheer in this never-ending winter!ReplyCancel

  • Janet Aguirre2.20.14 - 7:18 AM

    Hello. Love your site. Congratulations for nomination.ReplyCancel


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