Today was much more fulfilling than yesterday. If you compare the pictures, you’ll see why!
It always takes me awhile to get back in the groove of hauling up all the tools and starting the circus of sawing, shaving, cutting, sanding, shimming and nailing that’s necessary to install door and window trim. At least a couple of times during the last two days I wished that we had torn down the plaster instead of drywalling over the top. Which is worse? Tearing down some plaster, which takes just a little physical labor, or creating a trim nightmare by increasing your wall depth? What made it so bad is that the drywall is not at a uniform depth, so the depth difference varies from 1/2″ to 3/4″, sometimes along the length of a given piece of casing. That meant I had to try to cut and sand down a strip of fir at an angle to try to even things out. Of the four openings in this room, only the closet door cooperated by needing a constant 1/2″ filler strip.
Next? Finishing the base trim and filling all the old and new nail holes, a little more sanding and then onto staining. I also need to buy, finish and install the crown and the little cap trim that sits on top of the base. I never have any idea what that piece is called. I will be going to McCoy Millwork to get these pieces, since I couldn’t find anything appropriate at the usual suspects, Mr. Plywood and Home Depot.
I went through the site and realized that we didn’t have any “before” pictures of this room. I created a new post so you can see what it used to look like. Don’t be fooled by the walls in the picture. The white paint over the wallpaper over the cracked plaster photographed really well!