400

11 Mar

Linear feet of baseboards that is. Last weekend, Mike and I measured the remaining spaces in need of baseboards and placed the order on Monday. Everything was delivered just a few days later! As you can see we officially began the final phase of this 2 year long process this weekend!

Our mission was to take this:

to this:

Of course we still need to putty, caulk, sand, and paint the trim, but we were able to get the trim installed in the dining room, hallway, kitchen, and pantry this weekend!! I started the puttying process, but only got about half of it completed. Fortunately that’s easy enough to get done during the week.

Do you notice anything else different between the two photos?

I’ll give you a hint:

It may have been hard to see, but we had to replace the metal air return vent in the hallway because it interfered with the trim height. As you can tell the trim comes right to the bottom of the hole for the vent, and it screwed into the wall just below that point. We decided it was time to upgrade it to something that looked a little nicer. We found a great tutorial for DIY-ing one here.

We were able to buy the pieces and get the frame made this weekend. Supplies alone cost us ~$100, but we did have to spend around $45 on clamps that we can reuse on other projects in the future. Despite that, it will still cost us considerably less than the 20×20 size we’d need from here, and we can frame it in a way that it won’t interfere with our baseboards or require us to cut out a piece of the trim to fit properly. Now we (Mike) just have the tedious task of measuring spacing for the slats, cutting the slats, and adhering the slats to the frame. I’ll be sure to share the finished product once we get there!

Here’s another picture of the trim all up and ready to be made pretty:

A view of the pantry door in the kitchen. You can see Mike to the left checking the fit on our vent frame.

It’s amazing how much more finished our beautiful kitchen feels with those pieces up on the wall!

We also spent time this weekend picking up a couple of picture frames so that we could finally get some stuff hung on the wall! I’ve always envisioned a gallery wall of sorts on the wall leading to the stairs using wedding photos now (and then changing it up down the road). I wanted to include our guest book (our thumb print tree) here, but due to the size of that frame and our wedding photo frame, the wall was just too small for the both of them! I ended up cutting out templates from brown paper bags to play with a layout. Here’s where we ended:

I have a tendency to hang things a little higher than I should, so I’m still playing with the height of everything… and the spacing between frames, but I think this is a good start. You can see our large wedding photo below the templates. I also plan to print a picture of each side of the family, a picture of the girls, a picture of the guys, and a picture of the entire wedding party. I also want to frame parts of our wedding invite that I loved. And you can sort of see to the right of the picture, I decided to put our thumbprint tree to the right of our gallery wall in the little nook at the bottom of the stairs.

Here’s the start to the rest of the gallery wall:

A stack of IKEA frames we picked up on our way through Shaumburg. We still need to get 2 8x10 frames- but we'll probably get those at Target (much closer!!)

Here's the invitation looking fancy!

Now we just need to figure out which pictures to print and where to print them. Our wedding photographer printed the large print for us on nice thick cardstock(?), but it was expensive so I’m not sure we want to go that route again. My only concern if we use Shutterfly or Snapfish is it may look of notably lesser quality. What do YOU think we should do? Hopefully the rest of these decisions don’t take us too long, I’d like to have these up sometime before our second wedding anniversary! 🙂

Here’s how the rest of our March weekends will break down as we work towards our goal of FINALLY crossing the trim off our to do list:

  • 3/17 & 3/18: Off weekend to celebrate St. Patty’s day/finish puttying and building the return vent if time allows
  • 3/24 & 3/25: Sand, tape and caulk, and paint the trim
  • 3/31 & 4/1: Install closet doorway trim and putty nail holes and start installing baseboards in the bedrooms if time allows

Crossing our fingers we can stay on task and meet our unofficial deadline of completing the trim by the end of April! Wish us luck!

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7 Responses to “400”

  1. mike March 11, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    Looks great nice job!!!

    • mj March 11, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

      Thanks! we’ve just got to keep on chugging along

  2. Janice March 12, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

    That was an impressive weekend. Looks good.

    • mj March 12, 2012 at 9:49 pm #

      Thanks! Slowly but surely…

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