|Project by Thepps||posted 08-03-2014 05:02 PM||2205 views||6 times favorited||7 comments|
This past fall I decided to ‘upgrade’ our contractor grade trim. There was nothing wrong with it, just felt like having something different. I really like the traditional trim used in older houses when quality really meant something. My wife also wanted to add a breakfast nook to our kitchen to fill in an empty, awkward space. I wanted to add wainscoting. This is what we agreed upon:
Added wainscoting to our foyer and kitchen:
‘Trim’ around opening was just white paint on the wall.
Much larger traditional trim really pronounces the opening.
Plinth Block: Made of solid Birch to withstand a lot of wear and abuse over the years. Constructed in shop (3 sides mitered at corners and glued up) and installed in house. Resulted in a much better look than trying to glue it in place in the house. Previous base trim had corner blocks installed at every inside and outside corner. These were the first things to go!
Previous window trim had picture frame trim. I removed that and added a traditional stool and apron.
Closeup of stool and apron mitered at corners:
Header: Mostly made out of mdf. Bought the mdf crown. Made everything else. Neck trim made out of poplar.
This was one of the largest projects I have worked on. Took a couple of months to build working on it when I could. Hand primed and painted everything.
I really learned how to paint by hand a lot better! Not easy!
Still want to add some more wainscoting up the stairs and a three piece crown in all of the rooms.
I would like to thank the site: http://www.thejoyofmoldings.com/
Really had a lot of informative information on it and gave me the direction to do this on my own.
-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL