I could not get this child to sit remotely still or even stand by our tree, so I put a cookie on the branch of my mom's tree and told him he could eat it if he could find it. Success! I had to act fast though, he can sniff out a cookie like a bloodhound. So, back to our baseboards! We started our installation in the dining room because it seemed like the easiest space to handle.
It was exactly as I had envisioned it with the pale gray walls. We had this space between the back of the cabinet and the floor that needed to be addressed.
We got a simple lattice trim to cover it, I will either paint it white to match the trim, or paint it the color of the cabinets. I'm thinking it will be the cabinet color - whenever those get painted! I'm not even close to deciding on that.
The problem we have on the main level is all the tile next to the hardwoods in the entries and kitchen. We don't have a table saw, or any other way to rip the trim to fit over the tile, so I'm not sure if we will buy the tools we need, or hire it out.
I was a little worried about the area butting up to the coat closet door.
Luckily, the little piece on that side fit fine and the door was not a problem.
Every little piece of trim that goes over the ugly bare spots is a victory! I was worried about the white trim looking weird with the white tile, but I think the paint color I chose (Behr Popped Corn) looks fresh without being too stark against the creamy tile.
The real test of how this was going to look was in the hallway. There are a lot of doorways with original 70s casing.
I was unsure about keeping the casing and doors dark when this was going in.
But when it was all in, I liked it much more!
I think it will be even better when I get more things on the walls, and a new brighter light fixture.
The next thing up was addressing the stairs. While I really like the rich look of the wood, I knew the risers and stringers needed to be white to match the baseboards.
I used my absolute favorite primer, BIN to prime everything. It looked terrible but was ready for paint!
I freaked out a little because when we refinished the treads, there was a little build up of poly on the edges, so it made a clean line with the paint almost impossible. Also, these stairs probably weren't meant to be stained, the treads are cheap pine and not super even along the edges.
Even still, it looks pretty good after two coats of paint! I still have to buy and stain some cove trim for underneath the lip of the treads to make it look more finished. I also have to figure out how to transition the top of the stairs to the hallway trim. Oh, and restain the handrail.
Here you can see I also have some caulking to do! So, that is what I've been doing since December. I appreciate everyone reading the blog, even though I don't post very often. I have been working on other spaces over the holidays, too...I hope to post about those sooner than a month from now this time! Does anyone have any tips on ripping the base trim to fit over the tile?