The family room is the first room I stepped into in our house and I’m sure that was planned by the realtor. I was charmed by the 1940’s part of the house – the glass knobs, original creaky floors and plaster walls, but it was the modern addition containing the family room, kitchen and master suite, that sold us on the home. The family room is at the back of the house and has high ceilings and lots of space. With as much as it has going for it, the room is lacking a bit in the architectural detail department and I think a big room needs that. Or at least benefits from it a lot.
I knew I wanted some kind of 3/4 height wainscoting, but I wasn’t exactly sure of the style. When we took a little getaway to Charlottesville, VA we stayed in a charming inn and I found my inspiration…
…which I pointed out to Jeff immediately and the poor guy must’ve wondered if I ever stop decorating. How could I not be inspired? They had this fantastic 3/4 height trim in several rooms.
We didn’t want to copy it exactly, so Jeff designed a simplified version that would work with the style of our home and the other trim in the house. We’ve had the plan and the wood for a while, but we haven’t had the time.
On Saturday, Jeff had time to get the trim started on the big blank wall by the side door…
Oh yes. Trim makes me happy.
Now it’s time to fill, prime, paint and caulk. (This isn’t a paid post. I just took a picture of what I used.)
As I’ve shared before, I like to fill nail holes with my finger. I feel like I can put it on neater and feel that the surface is smooth.
So, I just take a bit on my finger tip…
…and rub it into the hole. I work the spackle in a circular motion until it’s smooth.
My little helper worked with me to prime the trim and wall.
…and I did the cutting in and cleaning up drips and roller marks.
He kept saying, “Mom, this part needs a lot of help with your brush” as paint would be dripping down the wall. Well, we all have to learn! He actually did really well and I was the one who splatter pain all over the floor and my face. Really. My face. He got a kick out of that.
I haven’t gotten beyond the primer, so it still needs caulk and a final coat of paint, but it’s looking amazing so far and I can’t wait to see the entire room sporting the look. We’ll take it a section at a time and Jeff will share the measurements and how-to’s soon.
My mom had the day off work, so the two of us did some shopping together. I bought a bunch of ironstone and some other antiques. Some are going to the stash I need to start for the Lucketts Spring Market and the rest will be listed in the online shop soon.
I am hoping to paint, caulk and do some photo shoots tomorrow, but we’re expecting more snow, so we’ll see…