The entryway (and all the way up to the second floor landing) has been painted. The studio has been painted. The living room and the nook room have been painted! Even still, they’re all missing the last piece – sort of like a frame for your photograph, you know? Trim!
I’ve mentioned time and time again (and for sounding like a broken record, I’m sorry!) that the lack of baseboards in our home have been driving us nuts; it doesn’t make sense to move in furniture and records, paint the stairs or start the studio planning without it. You know now that we’ve been pulling up the builder-grade baseboards as we tackle each room (with the exception of the outside walls, purely to help lower the old-house drafts we have), and there have been a handful of trim-window-shopping dates to get an idea of what’s out there.
This, as unassuming of a task as this is, has not been easy.
There has been at least one break down – one that I’ll admit to, anyway – in the baseboard aisle at the hardware store. (That particular incident forced us to drywall the gaps above our stairs.) There are many, many options, and on the one hand, that’s amazing! We can pick whatever we like. We get to decide. This decision is ours! On the flip side, however, it can feel overwhelming. We’re deciding. We can pick whatever we like! The doors need trim, our windows could use it too, and how tall should we go with our baseboards?
A good, healthy sort of overwhelming. But overwhelming, nonetheless.
I think that after a month of agonizing over every detail of this task – a task that now, when I think about it, was pretty fun in the end (go figure) – we realized that we needed to start making decisions. Any decision. So Sunday night, we went to Home Depot and started pulling baseboards from the shelf – big ones, little ones and everything in between. We cut off 1′ samples to bring home, and we started laying them against our walls, stairs and doors. And now? Now, we cannot wait to frame our photos, so to speak. Here’s what we’ve got:
FOR THE STAIRS: This was, by far, the hardest puzzle to solve. In the end, we chose modest-sized trim for the stairs themselves, which will run into a plinth (the raw wood in the middle, which will ultimately extend down to the floor). From there, our baseboards will begin, and the plinth acts as a transition. And believe us, this was a whole new world of understanding the intricacies of trim moulding; after spending countless hours researching online and scanning the aisles, the general rule is this: have fun with it! Do what you like. If it makes you happy? You win.
FOR THE DOORS: We love how big and chunky this trim is. In the store, we worried it might be too thick or stick out too far, but once we placed it along our big navy door, we were sold.
FOR THE WINDOWS: The windows will all be framed out using the same trim that’ll be running up our stairs. You can see in the photo below that the drywall directly around the window casing isn’t in the best shape, and we honestly didn’t worry too much about that when we were patching, sanding and painting. We knew it would get covered up eventually! Question! We’re still on the fence about adding window ledges/sills. Currently, none of our windows have a ledge, and while I’m totally okay with that, Scott is on the fence. Thoughts?
FOR THE FLOORS: Yes! This! This is what we’ve been missing in all these rooms. These baseboards are 6″ tall, and while I thought I wanted to go taller, Scott pointed out that anything much taller may dwarf our door and window trim. (And to be honest, our door and window trim can’t get much larger, since some of them are placed close to a corner and/or electrical outlet.) These baseboards are pretty meaty though, and we are swooning over them.
You’ll notice that all of our choices lean slightly decorative. They’re not over the top, but they definitely have a distinct flair. While we love clean and modern trim, it didn’t feel right for our home. Going into this old house of ours, we agreed that we’d spend our time here nursing back in the details that have since been tossed aside. And our current barely-3-inch trim? (Trim that was installed before the floors, leaving them at just over 2-inches tall?) It’s all about to go, room by room.
Our final choices haven’t been purchased yet (we still need to take out final measurements and tallies and decide on quarter round or shoe moulding that we can agree on), but we’ll be doing that in the coming week. We have a borrowed nail gun coming our way (courtesy of Scott’s parents – thank you!), and while we have other plans for this upcoming weekend (media wall, we’re looking at you!), we cannot wait to jump in. It’ll certainly take longer than a couple of days – weeks, even – with the amount of rooms on our plate (although a girl can dream), and that’s okay.
After a month of noodling on our thoughts, we’re just thrilled to be moving forward. That’s always important, isn’t it?