Monday, December 15, 2014

Updating old trim and casings to Craftsman Style | PBJreno

Where have I been? Hiding in this monstrous excuse of a DIY project - that's where.  I know I've gone radio silent on the blog the past month but between power housing projects at night and then dealing with the winter flu... I haven't had time to document all our joys!

So kitchen aside - another little project we took on was our main bathroom, and by main I mean our ONLY bathroom.  I gave a little breakdown of the original state of this bathroom here.... and slowly I've been budgeting a makeover in it.  Already tackled is the floor, toilet, vanity, fixtures, paint, and trim.  So I wanted to share a little how I tackled the trim because it's the same process I'm using in the remainder of the house, including the room I already did, Baby Girl's room. 


I decided on Craftsman style trim and casings in our home because I liked the idea of doing large baseboards and the clean lines of butt joints (hehe I said butt).

My true inspiration started when I was pinning ideas for our "New Home Dream" and I saw this picture:

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Yup. I'll take it.

I already did this in Baby Girl's room and now that I was redoing our bathroom I had to redo the window and the door frame. I wasn't doing the 6" baseboards in the bathroom as I just did a quarter round from the vinyl floor we put down.

I'm pretty sure all the windows in the home are the original ones from the 50's and they look like they've lived a hard life... so as I'm updating the trim around it I also have to sand down the current paint job, and do a lot of scraping of old paint off the windows. Unfortunately when they painted the outside of the house they did NOT tape off the windows so even though I'm cleaning up what the windows look like from the inside - I'm still left with a ton of brown paint on the windows on the outside. sigh...someday we'll get to fixing the outside of the house too.

First I remove the original trim and sanded the window casing (the wood part of the window that see above -- not sure EXACTLY what that's technically called).  I sanded enough to get as smooth as possible and remove any chipped paint.

For the interior casing of the window I used just what's called a "stop" from the lumber department.  I install both horizontal pieces on the window (top and bottom), then the vertical ones (left and right).  For the whole installation of trim I use a Ryobi 18-Volt ONE+ AirStrike 18GA Brad Nailer.  This thing is my life saver during projects like this!!! It's soooo nice not having to deal with the plastic hose connected to the air compressor like with traditional pneumatic tools.   



This is the bottom part of the window - the "sill" and typically you'd want one solid piece that is flush to the window casing.  However, as with all our DIY projects in this house I'm dealing with very wonky "environments".  I used a stop on the bottom and then a separate piece of mdf wood trim to create the full sill because of different heights of the original window frame and how the prior trim was installed.    If this doesn't make sense hopefully it will in the "after" picture later.


Here's a before shot of what they had for casing with the right trim piece removed.  The original sill was almost similar to what I wanted to replace with it, however I was going to add the apron piece below the sill.
I removed the original sill and then assembled my sill/apron piece together before installing it on the window.


For all trim and casing I've made it as easy as possible for me - I'm using pre-primed mdf boards from Menards.  Using MDF instead of pine 1x4's is great because it has a slightly rounded edge which I prefer especially on baseboards.  The sharp 90 degree angle that pine 1x4's (and all sizes) would show dents and dings on them easier than a rounded edge does (maybe not though... maybe I'm just weird and totally made that up in my head).

So for the sill/apron I used 2 1x4 mdf cut to length.  I first dry fitted the sill piece on the window and then placed the apron piece up and marked where I need to attach it.  Then I just use a quick line of wood glue to the boards and use the same nail gun to attach the two boards together.

Next up is I create the header piece - this is the same for both window and door casings.  I use a 1x4, and then a 1x2 for the top and bottom piece.  Technically the top 1x2 is called a casing cap, and the bottom 1x2 is called a filet.  I assemble this whole part together instead of installing it one by one on the casing just for total convenience and ease!  Then my casings for doors are just a plinth block (I'll explain that later), a 1x4 for the sides, and then this full header piece and it's super quick and easy to install. 




SO SUPER EASY!
Then you just fill in all the nail holes with splackling and use window/door caulk to fill in all the seams.
The process I'm doing in each room for painting trim depends on the stage of progress in that room.  Ideally it's so much easier to paint trim after you've installed it and need to paint the walls too because then you don't have to do any taping.  So the order I'd ideally paint a room is:
ceiling, trim (baseboards & door/window casings), walls.  

I'm using the same color & paint for all the trim/casing in our house and it's Sherwin Williams ProClassic Interior Acrylic Latex in Greek Villa.



This paint has been awesome for the trim so far!  It goes smooth and has a very durable finish so will be great on our baseboards + two kids + toys!


And AFTER:





And because who doesn't love a good before and after:



Big shout out thanks to Sherwin Williams for providing me with the paint for all our trim.  I'm on a first name basis at my local Sherwin Williams, well to be honest they call me "PB&Jstories" but... close enough.  They're great and have helped me in so many ways with tips and advice on different paints I highly recommend them and their paints!   
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Month 6 #PBJreno House Tour

Sometimes I sit in our kitchen and day dream of it being finished and spending our days there.  It feels like we're almost there... so close. 
Then I look around the rest of our house and I see things like this....



That would be our living room.  

And here's our laundry room.



And the stairs to the basement..... aka the dungeon.


This eventually will be our "TV room"... right now it's the construction dumping ground.


Jackson's room is at least unpacked.


And Baby Girl's room is the most "finished" as I've updating the trim, painted and refinished the closet.  But still far from livable.  


It's been 6 months since we bought this house.... this is one long journey.

However, we have at least made some improvements!
See what we HAVE done here at the #PBJreno house:
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pull up a seat - at our beautiful breakfast bar | #PBJreno

Last I left you I shared our kitchen floor tiling process and with a similar image as below.

Except now I want to talk about this area...

That big ol' thang will be a big ol' breakfast bar!  I'm pretty excited about it. 
The final execution of it ended up being different than our original plan.  At first I envisioned it a little more "free floating" and open.  Something like this:

It's not really common to have a breakfast bar sit lower than the counter-top level but our kitchen and dining room space had a weird addition that made it be two different levels.  Where the kitchen is located - it's on the same level as the remainder of the house, but where we'll be having our dining room it's a 9" step down.  Some weird addition the previous owners did while they ruined lived in this house.  

PS. funny side story: My son J was at the house with me this past weekend and he was asking me, 

J: "Why did the people that used to live here leave?"
Me:  "Well hun because they wanted to live in a new house"
J: "So they broke the house first, then left, we got the house and now you're fixing it?"
Me: "HAHAHA, yup that's about right J:
Have to love those simple minded minds children have.

Back to our breakfast bar.  So our upper level kitchen layout is a combination of "L" shaped and Galley kitchen.  We decided we wanted to make the counter-top that was free-standing into the look of a big island, but since there was the step down we had to make it into a lower-level breakfast bar.  

After a lot of back and forth, and 6 months of watching our little girl climb onto EVERYTHING she possibly can, we decided to make our breakfast bar a little more sturdy.  Rather than just having the outer corner have a column support we opted for a hall wall for the side support. 


Plus, by doing a half wall we're able to sneak in an extra outlet... can't have too many of those!  


To keep it have a balanced look we did a half wall on the right side too.  We could have just used a long L bracket support drilled into the wall studs.  But, we just felt this would look more uniform. 


WHAAAAT.  What's going on up there...  :) Yup, that was the beautiful counter-tops being installed.

I'll be doing a little more trim and moulding work on this to make it look like the base cabinets.  I can't wait to have this big of a space up high at the counter-tops.  
It's a breakfast bar height which is 42" and traditional depth is 12" but we had the space and wanted it to be more of a comfortable work space so extended the bar out to 18".

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