|Super awesome parents and dutiful husband|
|craptacular iphone picture|
Might sound hard - but that was the easy part!
Since this was "my project", once the mouldings were up, it was my job to caulk and paint. And caulk I did! (That's what she said!). To make everything appear smooth and finished, I caulked all the nail holes, all along the edges of the trim, and the corners where the chair rail pieces meet. I would say I probably spent 5 or 6 hours doing this, over the span of a week.
And then the painting. I primed, twice. Then, I painted everything white. This is where things got stupid. Since we didn't paint the baseboards and door trim (and it was done only 5 years ago and I didn't feel it needed to be done again), it was my best guess as to which of the ELEVENTY BILLION different whites was already on there. Turns out it was Benjamin Moore Cloud White. But I didn't know this at the time.
|The people's trim colour of choice, BM CC-40|
(I'll just say this: OF COURSE IT WAS. If you are touching up your baseboards and you don't know what colour of white they are, I will save you the hassle and tell you that they are probably Cloud White. People love them some Cloud White. See discussions on this here, and here, if you're interested.)
But first I tried SW Westhighland White. (I like Sherwin William's more, because their store is closer)
It was so bright white next to the baseboards it made them look filthy. Fail. Then I tried SW Roman Column (on the chip it looked positively yellow next to Westhighland White).
Still, it was shockingly white next to the (unbeknownst to me) cloud white baseboards. So, after priming, and then painting - twice - I was at a crossroads. We figured out it was cloud white when my husband went digging in the basement and found an old paint can from previous owners labelled the ubiquitous CC-40.
Why yes, I am an idiot for not looking first, thank you.
I had two choices, I could head over to Ben Moore and pick up some of their famous trim colour and paint a third time, or just slather my Roman Column all over the baseboards and pretend like none of this ever happened. I went with option two, because I am very, very lazy. But I'm glad I did. The trim around the doors is still Cloud White, as is the trim in the adjacent living room, but I don't feel like you can really notice. Besides, Cloud White is VERY creamy. It goes really well with the colour that's on the walls now, but I'm going to change that soon, and since I'm more a fan of gray based, cooler colours, I think the Roman Column will complement it much better.
In any case, it's done now. I love it, and I have extra satisfaction from the fact that it was all my idea and (mostly) my sweat and tears. I high five myself every time I walk past the dining room.
|Yuh-huh, the mirror is crooked.|
Next up for the dining room - painting OR wallpapering (!!!) above the trim.
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