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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 03:19 pm
dining room

Is DONE.


I finished up maybe a week and a half ago, but haven't had a chance to post yet.

What I did:
  1. Removed the old trim, from the baseboard to the crown.
  2. Patched, texturized, and painted the walls.
  3. Replaced the trim, adding lintels to the headers above the doors and windows.
  4. Stained and finished the existing window and built-in components to match the new trim.
  5. Replaced the chandelier, window hardware, and window treatments.
It, um, took about a year between steps 1 and 2, and another two years between steps 2 and 3. Steps 3, 4, and 5 took up most of my free time this summer. Hope the next project has a quicker timeline.

For comparison, here are some "before" pics ... these were from when I toured the house before I bought it:


Close-ups of the condition of the old trim:






Some more pics of the finished product:


We're both pretty happy with the way everything turned out. I love the crown. The existing profile was a small, simple scallop, painted white to match the ceiling. The new one isn't much bigger, and the profile is still simple, but I like the line of color it provides against the ceiling.

I also really like the lintels on the headers. The original headers weren't topped, and I think the lintels make the headers seem a little more complete, somehow. They also feel a bit more formal, which I didn't expect. Compare:


The toughest part of the trim project was trying to force straight lengths of moulding against uneven surfaces, and trying to miter mating edges in corners that only approximated standard angles. Well, that and the fact that I had no prior experience doing finish carpentry.

The lintels were my favorite pieces to build, once I figured out how. Here's a quick summary:


The final pic in the group above is an example of how a lot of the work went. There's a gap of about 1/4" between the inner lip of the lintel and the front surface of the header, when it should be flush (the header was slightly warped). It's a reminder to me of two things about the fruits of careful labor:
  • No matter how fastidious and precise you can be with your work, factors outside your control can, and likely will, prevent you from achieving perfection, and

  • You're probably the only person who'll care, or even notice.
OK! Now on to the living room. I'll post about it in 2012.

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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Sunday, October 4th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)

Thanks!


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celaeno
celaeno
Igos du Ikana
Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 10:59 pm (UTC)

Very nice!


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Sunday, October 4th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)

Thanks!


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pandoranoir
pandoranoir
Pandora Noir
Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 11:48 pm (UTC)

Good job!


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Sunday, October 4th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)

Thanks!


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nemo_wistar
nemo_wistar
Nemo Wistar, Escaped Lab Rat
Sunday, October 4th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)

Goddamn, that looks great. Kudos.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Sunday, October 4th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)

Thank you!


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(no subject) - (Anonymous)
littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Sunday, October 4th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)

Thanks!

The wall texture took some experimenting. After the wall prep and priming, I used texture paint. If you've not used it before, it's a thicker liquid with a consistency somewhere between heavy cream and toothpaste. You apply it with a thick nap rolller to small (say 4' x 4') sections of wall, then mold it with your tool of choice to get the texture you want. I used a couple of plastic spackle knives. It's not a very good picture, but here is what it looked like when I did it.

The paint treatment was a two-step process. The base color was a warm, buttery taupe, in eggshell finish (center left color in this pic). For the glaze coat, I used a red-brown (bottom left color in previous pic). You don't need a lot, because you mix it with clear glaze (I used a 1:10 ratio of paint to glaze). I used a brush to apply it ... like the texture paint, you can really play around with how the darker color of the glaze coat catches the deeper areas of the textured surfaces until you find something you like. Again, best done in small sections of wall. Here's an example of what the finished surface looked like.

There are a lot of DIY tutorials online for various ways of texturizing walls. It was a pretty fun process. Good luck!

Edited at 2009-10-05 04:59 pm (UTC)


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circumambulate
circumambulate
Circumambulate
Sunday, October 4th, 2009 01:49 am (UTC)

Nice job, sir!


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Sunday, October 4th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)

Thanks!


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sistermaryeris
sistermaryeris
Bake, Love, Kickbox.
Sunday, October 4th, 2009 03:01 am (UTC)

Lovely!


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Sunday, October 4th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)

Why thanks!


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pynk_gyrl
pynk_gyrl
pynk_gyrl
Sunday, October 4th, 2009 03:04 am (UTC)

It's beautiful -- can you come teach my husband this when we can afford to buy a house? Of course, by that time, we may all be old and gray and have no more hand dexterity but... :)


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Sunday, October 4th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)

Thanks! Um, I think I can teach are a few choice expletives. I can share some insights as to what I learned along the way, but really what it took was patience, research, and the right tools. :)


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kathyrhino
kathyrhino
kathyrhino
Sunday, October 4th, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)

Wow, Tim! You did such an excellent job! That looks beautiful.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Sunday, October 4th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)

Thankya!


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drjeff
drjeff
Raoul Duke
Sunday, October 4th, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)

Love it... and I dig that you broke out the camera!


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Sunday, October 4th, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC)

But of course!


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drjeff
drjeff
Raoul Duke
Sunday, October 4th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)

Have you been taking pictures lately? I want to see some!

I'm demanding! Do shit!


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Sunday, October 4th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)

I just posted all the ones I took! Patience man!


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drjeff
drjeff
Raoul Duke
Sunday, October 4th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)

:)


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kimie
kimie
KiMiE
Sunday, October 4th, 2009 04:02 am (UTC)

Great job! You should give wood working lessons to my husband!


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Sunday, October 4th, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC)

Thanks!


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crackmonkey
crackmonkey
Hue hue hue
Sunday, October 4th, 2009 05:44 am (UTC)

Awesome work man :)


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Sunday, October 4th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)

Thank you!


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cienna74
cienna74
cienna74
Sunday, October 4th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)

Wow! What an impressive result!!! I love it...it's gorgeous!! Especially love the pics of you and Nicole by the door. :)


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ellettra
ellettra
Na zdraví
Monday, October 5th, 2009 09:35 pm (UTC)

absolutely beautiful work!! y'all really worked hard and boy does it show!


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