Here’s the thing. If we weren’t constantly in full blown install-all-the-baseboards mode, I have a feeling that we’d be much, much farther along on our front porch and overall curb appeal (which, right now, is still non-existent. Better, but lacking!). In reality, however, these baseboards are taking forever. Forever!
We started on the living room last weekend, and throughout the course of this week, we’ve been spackling the nail holes, sanding them down and painting our doors. In-between all the trim chatter, we spent an insane amount of time finding the perfect ceiling fan, Googling the merits of deck stain versus deck paint and nailing down a surveyor before we install an exterior fence. All of these are very exciting developments (ha!), but the good news is this: we have baseboards in the living and dining rooms!
You can still see slight gaps where joints meet, but we haven’t yet caulked or painted anything – although my hope is to knock it out over the weekend and just move on with our lives already! (After which, we’ll need another little break before starting on the studio.) There’s also green tape on the walls marking where we’ll need to touch-up paint, and there are a lot of areas of trim that are still raw or have been sanded down to a smooth finish.
For all the doors, we’ve decided to continue adding tall headers, and now that they’ve been finished in semi-gloss white (we continue to use Behr’s Ultra Pure White), the almost black oil rubbed bronze hinges and knobs provide the right contrast. (We had “upgraded” to the darker hinges when purchasing the doors – an extra $6/door.) As much as we (I?) gripe about the task itself, it never ceases to amaze us how much of a difference all this trim makes! Like a frame for the walls. (If the doors themselves look crooked, we assure you they are not [although my wide lens does add distortion] – but is the ceiling slightly angled? Yup. Old house charm.)
All of these photos are caulk-less and paint-less, but man. I told Scott that the bright white trim makes me love our paint color even more, and the raw oak is no longer competing with the warmer wood tones in the room.
Looking back towards the living room (my back is to the dining area, below), we also opted for the same thick headers above our large front window. We’ll still be layering in floor-to-ceiling curtains (they’re on the way!), and we went with a 7″ window sill (which is deeper than any of the others we’ve done):
After tiling the entryway, our wood floors were ever-so-slightly raised in comparison – about an eighth of an inch. To compensate for this, we used an inside corner plinth block to separate the shorter board with the 6″ trim that continues around the entire room. This old beast of a house is crooked in every imaginable, so this was only needed here; the other corner of our arched entry matched up without a hitch, eliminating the need for a plinth. (Go figure!) And finally, we added a seam binder to create a smooth transition from tile to wood. Binders were also placed between the nook and living room, and a new one was installed to the guest room, too. Side note: they came to us as raw wood, but after applying two coats of Cherry Minwax + two coats of satin Polycryclic , they matched our existing floors perfectly!
In other news (!), one other change is happening in our funny little nook – more like, a tiny step backwards. Not really loving our yellow velvet chair against the dark green walls, we moved it upstairs and pulled out the Flor tiles. Something about the whole combination just felt… off? (Or maybe that’s just what happens when you’re watching Orange Is The New Black and staring into the nook every night. The distractions had to go!) We always knew that the yellow chair and the carpet tiles would be temporary (and to keep it from feeling empty, we moved in the chair below for now), but in a moment of ah, what the hell!, I just pulled everything out.
We did order this chair, received it, and sent it back. It was too firm, defective (the arms didn’t align properly) and wasn’t as conducive to lazy day reading (this is our dream scenario) as we’d hoped for. I’m now starting to think that the baseboards are making us moody and overly picky! (Is that a thing?) In the end, we decided we’d rather wait until we found The Chair (something neutral) and The Rug (something soothing). Patience, patience.
Now, to tie up the loose ends on Operation Baseboard and then, can we just play outside some more?! We have porch swing plans printed, a deck to stain and plants to plant. Yeah, summer!