Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Renovation Update #7 - Baseboard Back

Well, all good things must come to an end and sadly, I could not get Cheryl to do another post for me this week, but she will come back after she finishes up her spring "to do" list.  I want to thank you all for making her feel welcome here on my blog.  Cheryl, I am humbly in your debt for giving my readers something more interesting to read about than paint drying for the last several weeks.  You are a dear friend and I thank you from the bottom of my paint splattered heart!
Speaking of paint drying....
We made a decision to put new baseboard and trim in the house.  I opted for pre-primed pine trim because I just can't look at another can of primer.  Of course, I still had to paint that trim white.  All 700 feet of it.  Two coats.  Ugh.  But, there is an easy way to do it and I'm happy to share it with you.
Set up 4 saw horses (2 left and 2 right) in the biggest space you have.  Stack your trim on one open end.  Pick up one 14 foot piece of trim and walk it to the end and paint it.  Now you are working in a U-shaped area in between your saw horses and your painted boards.
Repeat, repeat, repeat for hours.  Reverse the process for the second coat.  Until you've painted 700 ft. of baseboard and trim, two coats.  Repeat until it's dark and you have a serious case of baseboard back from bending over that trim and reaching left and right as far as you can.  Baseboard back will help you forget about your roller shoulders and your ladder legs that you developed from painting all of those rooms and ceilings.
I got my counter tops installed and my sink and faucet put in....
I tried really hard to find a faucet that was a little more low-profile and wouldn't stick way up into that pass-through.  I still am not loving that pass through.  Do you think I ever will?
The sink is the original one.  I just polished it up a little with some Barkeepers Friend.  It did an amazing job.  My friend Suzan, at Simply Vintageous....by Suzan (who is not a barkeeper) just did a post about polishing stainless with baby oil.  I haven't tried it yet, but I will.  You can read about it HERE
Also this week, I bit the bullet and made a final decision on my kitchen wall tile. 
I went with white subway tile and some marble trim tile.  It will be put up next week.  My floors go in Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and I cannot wait!
Well, that's pretty much the update for this week.  I'm off to St. Louis today with my aunt for a doctor's appointment, lunch and a trip to Penzeys Spices.  I love that store! 

  

29 comments:

  1. It's coming along nicely! and it could be worse with the baseboards - you could be crawling along the floor painting them #beentheredonethatneverdoingthatagain LOL

    xox

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  2. I wish I could paint my trim. Husband wants wood! I love the countertop you picked!

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  3. It is looking great! Although I have not commented much lately I have been watching all the work being done. You are a busy, hard working woman! Can't wait to see more. Happy hUMp day!

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  4. I salute every part of yer achin' body. That's a grueling job. Ugh and ugh! Bright side: it's done! Ooh, the subway tiles and skinny marbles are going to be wonderful with the countertop.

    I think you WILL love the pass through someday. Here's why. Once you make the ledge a revolving display of seasonal cuteness, you'll realize it's really just a new kind of mantel to decorate, and no one does it like you! It will be fodder for a zillion great blog posts.

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  5. Hi Danni,

    Love, love, love the tile! Can't wait to see it installed. Tile toes? Tile tendonitus? Hopefully Tile Terrific!!
    Bless your poor back...I really feel your pain after having to deal with my doggie and his mess by bending over for an hour, ugh!
    Hang in there, girl!
    Oh and Penzeys Spices? Who doesn't want to shop at a place with such a cool name?

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  6. It's looking good. Wonder what the doc would prescribe for those ailments? Hot bath's and massage no doubt.

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  7. Firstly, let me also thank your readers for making me feel so welcome!
    Then - your countertops are beautiful! You must be so excited to see the finished product with the tile soon!
    You should have had the party hot tub in the backyard installed FIRST, before doing any of these other projects. Then you could have ended every day in it. I've heard they're great for baseboard back and roller shoulder.

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  8. Ahhh! Today will be the day your tile finishes up....ENJOY!!!!!

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  9. LOVE everything you've got going on in that kitchen!!! And I'm so jealous your trim is painted. We still haven't ordered ours yet.

    But then I'll get to paint it. Yay for the tip!! :)

    -andi

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  10. Great tip but I don't think I ever want to do up a whole house in one go, it sounds exhausting. On the plus side you get to choose great stuff like the gorgeous tiles to go with that great worktop.

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  11. Love the choices. And I do not think you will grow to love the passthrough - I despise mine after living here since 1990 and it is just on a short divider wall. Of course you are much better at cleaning than I am so maybe it will not become the go-to junk collector mine is. Loving your kitchen. Sort of got lost on the method of painting baseboard - I have always had to paint them in place. Cheryl idea of soaking in a hot tub makes a whole lot of sense - should have been the first thing finished. Great idea keeping the old stainless sink - mine is over fifty years old and polishes up to look brand new every time. I have to go lie down now - you made me tired and sore :>)

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  12. I have painted a lot of trim over the years but always in place, and never 700 ft in such a short time. Holy smokes! Great tip to do it if starting from scratch. I love the tap, and I'm going to try the baby oil thing on my sink for sure. Maybe whether or not you grow to love your pass through will depend on what's going on that far wall. I think if you had something there that you love to look at it might help.

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  13. That's a lot of trim to be painting. That place is going to be looking beautiful very soon I love the counter tops and the tiles.

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  14. The tiles will look awesome with the counter tops ! Excellent choices, Danni !

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  15. I hope you have stocked up on some sort of medicinal help for your aches and pains---like flavored whiskey. You could apply it topically or just drink it.

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  16. Your counter tops are gorgeous. Stunning. I am in love!

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  17. It's coming right along!! Enjoy your day out and about!!!~~Angela

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  18. Poor Danni. That is a crazy amount of baseboard. I will have to paint mine soon too but it will have to be painted in place. (but no 700 feet.....yikes) I should have painted prior to installing it but I get too impatient! Your place is really starting to shine! Kudos to you for all your hard work!

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  19. Well aren't you a genius !!!
    I thought you were on your knees painting all of it lol -
    Your counter looks gorgeous Danni - and I can't wait to see that amazing subway tile and trim up -
    Your place is going to be just beautiful !
    Oh and thanks so much for the shout out - but I WOULD NOT BE CLEANING THE SINK WITH BABY OIL LOL !!!!!!!!!
    XOXO

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  20. You are so funny, but that is a genius idea on how to paint that much moulding. Your kitchen is going to be beautiful when it's all finished. I can't wait to see the end result.

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  21. well, looks like the baseboards are done :) I like the "pass through", I guess because I just can't stare at a wall while doing dishes...so my first choice would be a window...but the pass through would do for me.

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  22. That is a lot of baseboards to paint. I love your counters and the backsplash you’re going to use. Could you add shutters to the pass through?

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  23. You all are amazing! That is a ton of work to paint all that baseboard. WOW! I adore your counters. They look beautiful!

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  24. Way to go on salvaging the sink, it looks brand new and it really sparkles against that gorgeous counter top!! I think the pass through is really nice for carrying light through. It is kind of light a window, too. Any way you look at it, painting 700 feet of base board can be daunting, but I have to say, it looks like you have found the easiest way to tackle the job.You have certainly earned your base board back, but I'm so happy for you that the next phase has begun. Your new tile and flooring are going to be so exciting, can't wait to see them. Congrats on your progress and I hope you enjoyed your jaunt to St Lou!

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  25. Ohhhh, I can feel your pain in my shoulders and back. :) Excited to see your progress and I love subway tiles, so that's a great choice!

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  26. I love the counter tops that you chose. II would rather a pass though than a wall. Look like your house in getting all homey and pretty.

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  27. WOW! You have made so much progress! Impressive!! 'Love the countertop. -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  28. 700 feet of trim...2 coats each?? Oh wow, I'll bet you're glad that's over! Love the new countertop! I'm way behind in emails because I was laid up with my back and wasn't online for a while, trying to catch up so chances are you are finished by now! lol
    Debbie :)

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  29. Oh! So much work! My back hurts for you. Are you using latex or oil?

    I don't think you will ever like the pass-through, but it might bring in some light? Maybe? If push comes to shove, can you just build something to fill it in? I've got to go back and read the other posts on it to figure out how it got there to begin with. Houses can be SO annoying.

    So sad to hear that you have to have a short faucet! I would be lost without my really high kitchen faucet. I finally got one that allows me to comfortably fill my big pot a couple of years ago.

    On the bright side, that counter top and the tile are kick-ass nice!

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