Trimming Out Baseboards and A Lazy Day

Sunday, January 1, 2012

We peeked out the window this morning to see the dogs sitting side by side at the edge of the deck.

It's snowing like crazy here today. With all the stores closed it's the best kind of day to laze around the house and sip mugs of hot chocolate + coffee. Add a knitted blanket, some new sock slippers, two cuddley dogs, and some blog reading? Perfection.

We might be extra lazy since we were out until 1:00 a.m. board-gaming-it-up with some friend's last night. Yup, we're old fogies now and have a hard time staying up past midnight. Hee hee. The best part of the night? The girls schooled the boys every. single. round. ;)

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We spent the last two days adding the finishing trimwork to all of the baseboards on our 2nd floor. The gaps between our newly refinished hardwood floors and the baseboards were super big and noticeable so we needed to add some quarter-round to cover the gaps and finish everything off. 

We bought 175 feet of pre-primed pine quarter round in 15-foot lengths (um, those are not easy to work with) and spent the first day setting up, measuring, and cutting all the pieces with the mitre saw. 

(It kind of sucked to have drag all the ugly, messy tools up onto our new floors, but you gotta do what you gotta do.)

Oops, blurry photo.

I thought this project would be easy peasy but man, it sure required alot of piddley details. The second day we spent nailing all of our pieces in, filling all of the nailholes, and caulking the seams. Our foreman kept us on task for most of the day. 

But once we started working on the final details (painting the caulk and putty) we ran out of steam. The painting needs to be finished today but the couch is just sooooo comfy.

Here are a few after photos of the baseboards in one of the rooms we finished yesterday:

It's amazing what a little piece of trim can do to finish off a spot in your home!

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P.S. HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and your family. It's so fun to think of a new year full of projects and possibilities. :)


  1. Looks amazing! Looking forward to following along in 2012. Hope you will join me @ Magnolia Cottage.
    Happy New Year!


  2. happy new year! and are those your dogs in the first pic? totally neat! how did you get them to sit?!!! love it!

  3. Great job! Just the needed touch!

  4. Looks fantastic! We still need to get that done in a couple of our rooms... it's only been 7 years now!


  5. Ahhh the finishing touches. Great job.

  6. Looks great! Love your style! Here's to many more house projects this year!

  7. I love your blog, your lovely sense of humour, your decorating and I enjoy all the recipes you post. Yesterday, was a lazy day at our house so I baked the raspberry pancakes - they were a HUGE hit with my four grown boys, their friends and my husband. I then made your oatmeal cookies...another HUGE hit. Thanks so much for sharing and in such a delightful way. I have now printed off all your recipes and since I am off work until the 9th of January I am going to be baking up a storm. The thing I like most about your recipes is not that they all taste yummy, although that is VERY important, but I like that I have all the ingredients on hand...that is a big plus to me. Thanks again~~

  8. I've just discovered you today through your feature in Rambling Renovators. Where have I been? I love your blog, your beautiful photos, and your amazing projects! Thanks for the inspiration...:)


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