Monday, March 26, 2012

Getting Caulky

I was a little cocky going into the weekend thinking we'd wrap-up our DIY Door Casing Project we've been working on, boy was I wrong! But that's how most DIY Projects go, now that we have a little one again & a tween working on a big school project. The good news is, all the framing of our doorways is complete! The last time you saw our doorway casings, we framed our doorways with thick molding (almost 4 inches thick) and added a simple header using a 1x1 and a 2x1. You can read more about our inspiration for the DIY Casing Project here. Here's how it looked the last time you saw our door ways.



And the bottom of our baseboards looked 5ike this (not cute) 



Since then, we added a top trim piece to our doorways using two 1x1s and 2x1 in the middle section. I love how simple the doorway headers now look, to me they really fit the style of our California Rancher. 




Then we trimmed out the bottom of the doorway piece with the 4x1 piece, with mitered corner cuts. To hide the inside seam of the doorways, we used pieces of lattice. Again we mitered each corner cut. Oh, when I say 'we' I mean Hasani! I marked all the cuts using a 45 degree angle and he made all the cuts. 





Can I just say how much I'm also in LOVE with the bottom of our doorways! They look so polished and nice next to our existing baseboards! I like I said I'm in love! 


After the doorways were finished being framed out, it was time for my to get caulky. I had a ton of wood to caulk, a ton! For all the seams, I used caulk to fill in the nail holes and knots in the wood I used wood filler. Our doorway casing project has started a snowball effect around our house. As I've already mentioned, I plan on repainting the our baseboard trim (too bad I didn't get to it over the weekend) So with that said, after seeing how amazing our doorways were looking we decided it was finally time to replace our old dated small front door trim. We like our existing doorway trim that surrounds our garage door, so we bought the same trim. 




While Hasani was removing the old front door trim, he discovered a key hidden in the wall. Crazy huh? 


Next Hasani trimmed our existing baseboards to fit our new wider width door trim. Then I measured the miter corners and Hasani did the mitered cuts. Before Hasani nailed the new doorway trim in, I cleaned up all the drywall with a broom. It felt so good, it get to clean behind the old door trim, lol.  If you've ever removed an old piece of trim, you know exactly what I'm talking about, lol. Yup, I just added another project to my re-painting trim project and I'll be touching up paint on our front door surrounds. 


Here's how the door looks right now, pre-caulk and glossy white paint. 




Another snowball affect: we're finally getting around to added a new floor transition piece between the living room and dining room doorway. We bought an unfinished oak transition, I stained the piece Early American with left over stain from refinishing our hardwood floors last year and then applied a clean coat of polythene (also a left over from our hardwood floors) The new transition piece will help add a cohesive look between our original hardwood floors and our faux-wood floors, we installed two years ago replacing our ugly cracked tile. I'm really happy about this 'snowball affect,' because floor transitions are a good thing.




Next we need to sand, prime and then finally paint our new doorway casings and install our new doorway transition piece. Even though there's still a lot to do, I'm super excited about how doorways look! Oh, how I can't wait to see our DIY Door Casing completed and our baseboards glossy white again. I hope by Monday night, after the baby and tween head to bed, I'll be sanding and then priming our doorway casings and new front door trim. 


What do you think of our DIY Door Casing Project so far? Are you in love with the bottom of our doorway baseboards like I am? What do you think our our doorway headers, perfect addition to our little rancher? 


Any snowball effect projects happen in your casa lately? Have you found anything odd when your removed baseboards in the past like we have? 


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13 comments:

  1. Go you for doing this project. I haven't done anything like it but I'm sure it is rewarding!

    Yes the baseboards look good!

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  2. They are looking sooo good! It may be a hug undertaking, but I'd say it'll be worth it in the end! :)

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  3. Love the mitered edges by the floor boards. Great job adding trim to spiffy up the place.

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    1. We were so nervous about the mitered corner cuts, but they turned out amazing! :)

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  4. Lovely work! The Baseboards are very neat and do add a special pop! I cant wait to see them all completed!

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  5. Looking good! They will be awesome once painted!

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    1. Thank you, I'm so looking forward to painting! :)

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  6. Hi! Loving the new moldings! There is something about nice, clean, glossy white moldings that makes a house feel dressed, right? Looking forward to the finished project.

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    1. Very well put! Your right, now my home feels more dressed up:) and that's a good thing! :)

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  7. This is looking great! Can't wait to see it all complete.

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  8. I just love that trim, the style is great and it looks so much better chunky!

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  9. Looking good, Katrina! You guys have made great progress!

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  10. Wow! I love the trimwork. It is a lot more work than you think but I think it's worth it.

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Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts! Best, Katrina

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