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Door Trim,Wainscoting and Breakfast nook

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Project by Thepps posted 08-03-2014 05:02 PM 979 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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:

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Added wainscoting to our foyer and kitchen:

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‘Trim’ around opening was just white paint on the wall.

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Much larger traditional trim really pronounces the opening.

Traditional Header:

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!

Window:

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:

Living Room:

Header: Mostly made out of mdf. Bought the mdf crown. Made everything else. Neck trim made out of poplar.

Wainscoting:

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





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deon

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#1 posted 08-03-2014 06:40 PM

Looks very classy

-- Dreaming patterns

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#2 posted 08-03-2014 09:47 PM

Beautiful work.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#3 posted 08-04-2014 03:08 AM

How does this not have more comments? Tremendous job. I wish I could convince my wife to go this route!

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Thepps

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#4 posted 08-04-2014 04:31 AM

Thanks
@SuperCubber – I had to do a lot of convincing as well. It’s one of those things where it looks a lot worse before it gets better. Removing all of your trim definitely makes the house look pretty bad, temporarily.

Trim like this really adds a lot of detail to a room and makes the house look more ‘decorated’ even though it’s only trim that has changed.

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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Luke

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#5 posted 08-04-2014 04:15 PM

Beautiful work! Love how you wrapped the wainscoting around the bullnose edge. Any insight on that for a guy who has plans to do that same type of work?

Love the makeover of the mudroom cabinets.

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#6 posted 08-04-2014 11:58 PM

Wow nice work.

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#7 posted 08-05-2014 03:38 AM

Great job. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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