Our weekend of new molding got quickly sidelined when Tyson was pulled back into a work project and I came down with a bug. The beauty of not feeling well (especially when you are knee deep in a DIY that has left your home in chaos with tarps and molding EVERYWHERE) is that you kinda don’t care if it all comes to a screeching halt. In between naps, I was glad to catch-up on reading and invest an insane amount of time in “The Big Bang Theory”. I’m not sure I’m their target demographic, but I can’t not watch that show now.
And so our weekend project fell to Monday and Tuesday this week. Luckily the trim was all painted and it was just a matter of removing the old molding and installing the new.
A few things you should know:
- We LOVE big, chunky molding. Most of the modern homes in the Pacific Northwest have plain, stained wood for the base molding, door frames and doors. We looked at a ton of homes before moving up here and it’s a pretty standard feature. And it’s not one that we enjoy. So it has become our mission to slowly change out the molding throughout our home. It’s one of those projects that is so simple and makes a huge difference.
- My husband likes to tackle DIY projects like this in a “mass production” style. This means that since he was looking to change out the molding in the kitchen, why not take care of some of the door frames and base moldings down the hall too? If you’re gonna get the supplies out to paint 7 trim pieces, why not maximize it and do more? Me… I just want it ALL done, so let’s get to it.
The Kitchen Window and Slider
Before: Too much brown! I was ready to start painting the casings back in January just to get a little contrast going on.
After: So much better already!
Even though the frames need to be painted before this job can be checked off the list, I’m already happier to introduce white into this area.
The Hall Closet and Bathroom Doors
Before: The hall is long and narrow and a pain to photograph.
We’ve already updated the kids bedroom doors and getting the remaining doors done will be a huge step in finishing the space.
After: Although it’s hard to get the full effect, just adding the new molding has already bumped up the look of the space. I can’t wait to update the doors and change out the hardware.
The Master Bedroom Doors
Before: This set of doors sit at the top of our stairs and are one of the first things you see from the main living area. They are sad and plain.
After: Already a vast improvement!. They need to get finished quickly, because the molding only enhances their eyesore-ness.
Now that the molding is installed, it’s my job to begin patching and caulking the miles of trim that we’ve just added. Up first is the kitchen and I cannot wait! Now if only my body would return to it’s normal energy level.
How do you like to tackle DIY projects? What is a small change that you’ve made that has had a big impact? Everyone else keeping it healthy? Sheldon would be proud.