Thursday, April 11, 2013

The next stage!

I should likely correct my last post and say that Serena turned a month old Monday, not Friday.  I'll blame it on sleep deprivation.  Just like I did when I caught myself brushing my teeth with a blue toddler sized toothbrush. Sorry Talmadge.

Lots of things are happening around our house. Besides keeping up with a busy (teething!) toddler and taking care of a newborn we're prepping the house for a big project. And by prepping, I mean moving everything upstairs, downstairs.  We're getting ready to install trim, casing and baseboards, as well as real flooring.  Good bye dirty, chipped plywood!

Our painted, chipped and dirty subfloor!

Finding the right woodwork for the house has actually been a fun process. We started out by seeing what was available in the usual big box building supply stores. Unfortunately, the selection left us less then excited so we started talking with the guys at a local lumber company called Ogden and Adams. They have been awesome to work with and helped us find what we wanted. Actually, they helped us design exactly what we wanted!

The only original trim left in our house is around our staircase. You may remember when we refinished it in 2012.  We wanted to incorporate the original style of trim into our baseboards for a cohesive and period appropriate (1890's) look.

Original trim being painted in 2012.
We learned that for a $50-$80.00 fee, you can have a custom bit made that they'll use at the lumber mill to route the wood and create the design you want.  We took a piece of the stairwell trim that we had cut out to do a repair back when we were fixing up the stairs.  They used that piece of trim to trace the profile and then used that drawing to create the bit they'll need to cut the wood for our baseboards.  We also added a stepped out detail along the bottom for extra dimension and interest.  You can see the final drawing below of our custom designed baseboards!

Below is the baseboard design we came up with when working with Ogden and Adams. The top of the baseboard has the same profile as our original trim and we added a stepped detail along the bottom for extra dimension. I love being able to have my hands on the little design details like this!

Custom designed baseboards.....excuse the baby gear! Just snapped a picture as things are in our house!

For the window casing, we found a profile we liked from Ogden and Adam's catalogs that will be 4 1/4" wide. It ties in with the style of our baseboards nicely, and isn't too ornate or two plain for our tastes. Below you can see the profile of the casing we'll use to trim around the windows and doors.

Profile of window casing and door trim we've ordered.
The other decision we had to make was how we wanted to install the trim around the windows. Options are endless (and almost overwhelming), but looking around on sites like and Pinterest helped us finalize our choice . I actually have had the image below saved for a few years and used it on a post back in 2010. If I loved it then and still love it now, I think that's a good sign!

Image via House and Home

We've decided to keep our trim clean and classic and opted out of any decorative extras such as rosettes, crown molding, apron or a window sill. Instead we'll miter the corners like you see in the image above. Also, we'll be painting the interior parts of the windows (and our doors too) black and the trim white. 

Before our order of trim shows up in the next week or two, there's a lot of prep work to do! We plan to start installing upstairs and work our way down to the first floor and then basement.  That means the entire contents of our 2nd floor level has been moved downstairs! It's challenging to live in the space when boxes, furniture and tools are everywhere!

The good thing, besides being at the point in renovations to start flooring and trim is that we're taking advantage of this stage to clean out the house. There's some serious purging and organizing happening! I've taken more then one trip to the Goodwill this week. 

Thankfully, I've had some extra help with Nana McCalley coming over in the mornings to hang out with the kiddos and moving things around for me. What would we do without family?

As far as the flooring goes, we haven't purchased it yet. We're still researching where to buy, and saving up to buy it as well :) The plan is to get unfinished red oak in 4-5" width and stain it ourselves. By finishing on site, we'll be able to customize the shade of stain we use, and you also have a seamless look, since prefinished wood can show small gaps between the boards.

Image via House and Home
Similar hardwood (but wider boards) and shade of stain we plan to use.
I'm not usually wild about oak, but it's durable and on the cheaper end of hardwoods. By staining it a medium-dark shade and using wider boards, it will suit us just fine! We still have to be practical even when making things pretty, and having a floor that will stand up to kids, entertaining and daily living is important!

I'll keep you in the know as things progress! I also have a few posts planned for other updates that we've done.  It's only taken me three days to write this post, so we'll see when I get the next one up! Too busy feeding kids and changing diapers!
1 comment on "The next stage!"
  1. Whew!! Lots of work! So excited for you as you start to complete the upstairs!!


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