On the Fourth Day of Christmas...

... I got trim!

Well, sort of (are you seeing the trend here yet?).

And do you have any idea how much trim costs??!?! Yarks! Of course, I can't get nice, simple cheap trim, no....

Well, I could, but I didn't think it would fit the style of the house. I feel guilty enough at having to throw out all the existing trim (it was so old, we couldn't take it off without having it break and splinter. Trying to save it, fix it, refinish it and then re-use it would have been almost impossible, especially given the changes we've made to the layout of the house). So, in addition to base boards and casing for the windows and doors, I got specialty pieces for the bottom of the door frames, the tops of the windows and doors, and for the baseboard corners. They do make the trim look even nicer, but each piece is around $5, which really starts to add up. Not to mention, the fun of painting them...

At least I had help with the painting...
Painter's Helper (no Kips were painted in the making of this photo)

The corner and bottom pieces for the casing went on easy enough, and I really like the look:

Yes, I still have some nail holes to finish filling and painting over. Yes, it will be done before Christmas.

Of course, things can never go right all the time. There was a small issue when we went to install the baseboards.
See it?
See it now?

Fortunately, Dad being the amazing sort he is, came up with a simple solution: add a wee bit onto the bottom of the corner piece.
Problem fixed!

Unless you get down on the floor and look closely, you'll never see the extra piece.
See? ;)
And, of course, this being the house it is, the windows need sills at the bottom, not just casing (wood piece at bottom of the window frame, can't put drywall there, piece is too wide for the casing to cover, blah blah blah). We were able to find a plain piece of trim to use as the apron, but Dad had to rip the sill piece out of wood, then router the edges. It does look nice though!
And I took the opportunity to make kitchen window sill large enough to put pots of herbs on. Or, for now, some tacky Christmas decorations :D
Of course, in the middle of trying to get the trim painted and installed, they came back to finish the cabinets...

Leading up to Christmas, I plan on posting about my new kitchen. This is (obviously) not happening in real time - renos are MUCH slower than that! And yes, I do know the 12 Days of Christmas actually start on December 25. Deal. :)

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