Holey Moley

Our attic conversion, what can I say, it’s been an uphill climb. Ya think you’re ready to check something off the list and then BAM. There it is laughing you in the face again. Take our insulation, or our drywall, and now, our built-in. It just wasn’t quite ready to depart from it’s moment in the sun, so it decided to stick around a bit longer and become a problem child. Oye. See what I’m talking about?

Fixing Gaps with Trim

A bit too gappy don’t make Mary happy. Since we had so many other problem areas in this room, we really didn’t even notice all the jankiness on said bookcase until we started our final round of close up painting and started scratching our heads. Yes, that will not do.

Don’t believe me? How about a close up …

Adding Trim Around Bookcase

Mmmhhmmmm. Now that is a gap if I ever saw one 🙂 The good news was that we had a lot (a LOT) of spare pieces of wood left over from all the other constructing we’d been doing upstairs so we were able to repurpose a few pieces to help with our little problem.

For the gap above, we found some quarter round that we used in the bathroom.

Installing Quarter round trim

Well lookey there. By George, that pretty much fixes it! We still had to slap some white paint on it, but for the most part, the quarter round and some caulk fixed our first problem area.

On to the second.

Adding Trim to Bookcase

Whomp. Whomp. We fixed this section in no time flat with some extra trim as well. It still needs a bit of caulking to smooth out the lines, but it’s well on its way. It’s pretty tricky to get back there to paint, since your arm is at such an odd angle. This area will be choke-full of books and accessories, so those back angles will be harder to see any way. Or at least that’s what I’m telling my self. 😀

Adding Trim Around Carpet

Remember our closets? Now take a close look at the photo below. Do you see how the closet on the far left has some extra space up above. Believe you me, this was a big aaaahhhh sshhheeeetttt moment in the Sell household, cause quite frankly, your closet framing is not supposed to look like that. Not at all.

Adding closets to knee wall

Here is a close up shot of all that loveliness to refresh your memory. This photo was taken during our initial construction phase, but I think you get the idea. One of these things is not like the other …

Adjusting Bi-fold door

Truth be told, when you have an old house and old walls pretty much nothing is straight. So, you roll with it and you try to improvise enough so it looks like “character” and not like “jankiness”. Our solution? Some hunka hunka crown molding. No weenie stuff, chunkcalicous stuff. Go chunky, or go home.

Putting Crown on Top of Closets

Since the crown was so large, we were able to essentially bend it up toward the ceiling in order to cover up the problem child area. We used our nail gun to get the piece installed initially, but because we were twisting the wood up so much to cover our gapalicousness, we had to also come back through and screw a few spots in for added support. Not ideal, but we made sure to “sink” the screw in so we could come back through and cover everything up with caulk after.

Adding Crown Above Closet

Here is how the crown looked after the install. So. Much. Better. Not perfect, but waaayy better.

Adding Closets to Knee Wall

And here is another shot of the front before caulking and painting the top section.

Board and Batten on Doors

Even after we’d fit the crown as tight as possible to the ceiling, there was still a decent amount of caulking that had to be done to help fill that ginormous gap. You can see in the shot below that we still had an eighth of an inch or so that had to be caulked after the crown was installed.

Caulking Top of Trim

Our last trimming detail pre-carpet install was adding a section right along where the stair banister and the wall meet. This was uber easy – one cut at the base of the steps and another for the corners and we were ready to get these bad boys installed.

Adding Trim Around Stairs

Here is how the stair trim looked the night before our carpet installation. Umm yeah. That’s right. I just said CARPET INSTALLATION!! Stay tuned for the big old reveal on Friday!

Adding Trim to Top of Steps

Trim to the Brim

We’ve had some unfinished business up in this joint and trim work was the main culprit. Walking around the house, there were still a few lingering locations that just never looked quite right after the floor refinishing. The most offending locations? Our french door and the foyer. Let’s start with the later. This room never had quarter round in it before, so it just didn’t look up to snuff compared to the rest of the house. Like the black sheep, kinda chillin’ by itself up front.

Dark Walnut Mixwax

I mean it didn’t look bad persay, just different. Since we already had most of the quarter round hanging out in the garage, we opted to just pop some up last weekend since we knew it would make the space look that much more spiffy. Virtually free home improvements are my favorite kind. So we got to painting.

How to Paint Trim

And Jay grabbed his favorite tool. Gajunk. Gajunk. This nail gun and compressor is pretty much the best tool we’ve ever bought. Jay loves it since it makes his honey do list that much easier, and I love it since the nails are virtually invisible. With a speck of caulk over the hole, they disappear completely. Before, the hammer just did a number to the trim and you could see spots where the wood got dented from an overzealous whack or two. No good, amigo.

How to install quarter round

Here is how the front entry looks post quarter round. Beauutiful. But man do those floors look DARK. Like the outside of an oreo cookie and the trim is the hydrogenated soybean oil filled cream. Yum. You can see how much extra light comes into our dining/kitchen space now, too, with the french doors on the back of the house.

Minwax Dark Walnut

While we were at it, we decided to pop a bit of trim on the french door off the dining room. Since the screened in porch was added onto the house later, it bumps up a bit, so you have a few inches of rise between the wood floor on the interior and the exterior outside. Which led to this happening.

How to add trim around door

There is probably 2″ of difference between the door and and the floor in this room, which is a bit of a trip hazard, in all honesty. There is nothing we could do about the height difference, but we could definitely take care of the big chunk of stain filled trim under the door and make it look a bit better aesthetically.

Installing Trim Under Door

So the first iteration we just installed a flat piece of painted trim below the door. It looked better, but you could still see strip of the brown trim from below the door. So we uninstalled that trim, bummed it up and centimeter or so, and added quarter round. Zinggggg. Now that is what I’m tallking about.

Quarter Round Below Door