The project that won’t ever end (I seem to have a lot of those, don’t I?), is finally coming close to an end. This past week, I put in the trim around the baseboards and bead board. If you’ve ever put trim in an old house, you understand my pain. The floor is not level, the walls aren’t plum and it’s a nightmare to get things looking like they’re at least kind of straight. The floors are almost an inch off from left to right and from front to back, so putting in a squared off piece of bead board was tough. I ended up with a sizable gap where the bead board is supposed to fit snugly against the baseboard. Instead of trying to cut the piece at the exact angle, I decided to leave the gap and put some trim over it. Trim, caulk and paint can make almost anything look good.
Notice the gap at the bottom of this picture? Those pink plastic tiles peeking through? I’m pretty gifted with caulk, but that is beyond my skill.
A piece of pine trim and some caulk covered it perfectly. A piece of pre-primed quarter round also hid the edge of the tile and frames it out nicely.
I’m super proud because I did it all by myself. The measuring, cutting, mitre-ing and nailing…
…yep, I used this bad boy. After some caulk and paint, it looks like this…
Nice, right? You’d never know there was a huge gap and the trim was an afterthought. Now we need to finish the radiator cover/shelf and install the sink. Almost there!
Since we’re getting a tree next week, I wanted to find a new tree skirt. Of course, I’m using my ruffled linen tree skirt (that I’m seeing everywhere on blogs, Pinterest and I’ve even seen them for sale on Etsy), but that is going on the tree in the living room. The one I used in the family room is cute, but it’s a bright red and I really don’t want to have bright red in my decor this year.
So I perused Etsy yesterday and fell in love with this one and bought it. (I purchased it from Seams Clever.)
I debated whether a green skirt would be too much green with a green tree, but I figured it would be broken up with the gifts and would always work with any future color scheme I use. The flowers are amazing and I know the green will look good with the olive pillows and mossy velvet chairs in my family room. It should arrive in a few days, just in time to wrap around a new tree this weekend.