I have planned on adding picture frame molding and chair rail to the sewing room and master bedroom for a long time. Well over a year! It kept getting pushed aside, though, and there was no way I could do it when my shoulder stopped functioning properly last summer. My shoulder is getting better all the time, so when Jeff decided to take the week off for a stay-cation to help me on some projects, installing the trim was at the top of the list.
I have to admit that neither of us really felt like doing it. It’s a pain to move all of the furniture out of the way, but it was time to just make it happen…take a deep breath, put on some motivating music, and start pushing the furniture away from the wall.
We installed all of the trim in the sewing room in one day…
I made a “map” of cuts for Jeff and he stood out at the table saw making cuts and labeling each piece and then I ran down the steps, picked up the pieces, and installed them. I got over 18,000 steps on my Fitbit that day!
It was definitely my exercise for the day and it was all worth it. This is a small, awkward room and the trim makes it special. I can’t wait to see it all finished.
We opted to install the trim in the master bedroom over two days. The sewing room can stay in a state of disarray for a while, because no one is trying to live or sleep there. I’ve left the furniture pushed to the middle of the room, so I can finish the caulking, priming, and painting over the next couple of weeks. Since I’m painting all of the trim and doors in this room, it’s going to take a bit longer and I want to pace myself. I also am going to starch the fabric up on the walls and that will be much easier with the furniture pushed out of the way.
We actually live in the master bedroom, so we divided it into two days. That way, we could move the furniture off one wall, install the trim, caulk, prime, and paint all in one day and move the furniture back at night. I still have some caulking, priming, and painting to do in a few sections, but what is done looks great! It makes such a difference in a room that is a large box. (I am going to move the plates up a bit, so they don’t crowd the chair rail.)
You can find a tutorial for installing picture frame molding HERE.
I also finished the cushion covers for the chase. Obviously, I still need to make the slipcover for the body of the chair, but the cushions are the most annoying part of the project, so it’s nice to have those done. While I love ticking, it’s not quite working with the other fabrics I’ve selected for the room. The neutral linen will “quiet” the chair and allow the other fabrics to shine.
The back cushion was originally attached to the back of the chair. I pondered how to handle this potential issue and ultimately decided that I wanted to separate the back cushion so I could make a cover for it. If I covered the cushion with the chair, it would be more complicated to make and, in the end, I don’t think it would look as nice. The cushion helps to hold the slipcover in place, so giving the cushion a separate cover will also help the slipcover fit better.
So, I took a pair of scissors and literally hacked it off. I shared it on my Instagram Stories and one follower asked, “Did you really just cut it off with scissors?”
Yep, I really just cut it off with scissors!
I hesitated before I did it if that makes anyone feel better! There may come a time when I want to remove the slipcover and have the ticking showing again and that gave me pause. Since it’s the back of the cushion, I figured I could sew a patch on it if that was ever the case.
If you’d like to make your own slipcover for a similar chair, you can follow this video tutorial series. It’s easier than you think!
I still have more sewing and projects to do in this room, but it’s really coming along!