I’m skipping the introduction, because I’m SOFA-KING happy to announce that this project was done indoors! The last two projects focused on downspouts and concrete cracks, both requiring us to spend most of our time in the miserable outdoors. Today’s post will revolve around mostly trim work that was unfinished during the initial renovation. Hopefully Eric will realize I’m much less cantankerous when I’m in central air. The areas that we’re focusing on are as follows: the study, the butler’s pantry, and our bedroom door.
We’re also working on the third floor attic ladder due to the damage caused by our neighbor’s chimney. Estimated time for completion is… 12 hours! Before we start with the bedroom door, let me get this huge complaint out of the way. Originally, there was no door where our bedroom is currently positioned; instead there was simply a drywalled opening. You see, our bedroom was originally staged as a walk-in closet from the bathroom so there was no need for a door. Now, I’m not saying our closet is on par with Heather Dubrow’s, but what I am saying is that for a 28 year old, I would have felt like a real housewife to have a 12’ x 12’ walk-in closet! Wouldn’t you?! Instead, Eric chose to turn the staged bedroom into a sitting room slash office. This 3-room section of the house now serves as kind of a “condo”. I’ll always be bitter about the lack of a walk-in closet, but I don’t think we’ll be switching things up anytime soon, because we’re currently thinking about purchasing a new wardrobe from IKEA.
So we started with the bedroom door which, looking back, would be the least complicated part of our project. We took the old piece of ill-fitting trim out and measured the width of the door. For the first several hours, Eric led by example on how to use the miter saw to cut the trim to its appropriate length. He also explained how to use a nail gun to nail it back in place. Both of these items were absolutely terrifying to me. I couldn’t fathom using them myself. I was NOT going to take a finger off or nail myself to the woodwork that day! However, I eventually did learn how to use both pieces of equipment effectively.
We then moved on to the more complicated parts of the project such as the butler’s pantry which is where our dogs eat their food and coats are hung up. We started measuring for the base shoe moulding. The first piece was easy as it required only a square cut on both ends. It got more difficult when we had to “cope” the ends of the rest. Coping is a woodcutting technique where you shape the end of a moulding to fit the contours of another moulding. In Cho-terms, it’s basically cutting one end of a moulding into a puzzle piece shape that will fit against the other piece of wood. We continuously had to do this coping technique for every corner piece.
We finally got to the study where a lot of trim had to be done. Apparently, Eric was done with me holding the flashlight being my main contribution of “work”. I let out a sigh and put on my best face. I realized quickly that bad miter saw cuts on the trim would be both costly and time-consuming mistakes. Eric wasted no opportunity to remind me that each length of trim cost us $6 and that my haphazard cutting was also cutting into our budget. I was more annoyed with the time consequence. I’ve lost count how many times I had to go up and down the stairs (the miter saw is in the basement) in that one day. I felt like I was at the gym doing the stairmaster, which by the way, is my FAVORITE machine to use at the the gym! After looking at the time, I realized it had already been 6 hours. We were nowhere near finishing the rooms kind of like how Sheree is allegedly nowhere near finishing her chateau. We called it a day at this point but vowed to finished the third floor attic soon after. I mean, we can’t be hosting parties in an undone home. Whatever would we do if some party guest noticed the lack of trim?! GASP! Could you simply imagine having a housewarming party with no house? Only Sheree could, allegedly.
We finally got to the main event on the 3rd floor entertainment room: the attic ladder, which was installed when repairing the damage from our super dramatic incident with our neighbor. Be sure to check out that link for details if you haven’t read it yet. Anyway, our goal was to cover the space between the ceiling drywall and the attic ladder. The process was pretty similar except for the fact that everything had to be done on ladders. Oh, and this time we needed to walk up and down 3 sets of stairs 4 stories. We ended up measuring two pieces incorrectly which made the project take even longer. Eventually, we would end up finishing after 4 hours… making the entire project take 10 hours! So we finished it with two hours to spare. I guess technically, this isn’t true, since we haven’t even caulked and painted what we messed up, but that’s where I draw the line. I’m moving on. Ha!
Where do you draw the line when it comes to home projects? Have you ever worked on something that took longer than 10 hours?! Eric and I argued about this, but why is trim even important in a home? As always, do check out my instagram post with additional pictures from this week’s blog!