I finally got over the horrid case of inertia that set in when I unintentionally stopped working on my morning room trim. For months and months.
I love my new compound miter saw! Thanks to the West’s for loaning me theirs for so long. I am thrilled to not be mooching anyone’s saws right now. So this past week I got my stuff together and took my morning room basically from this BEFORE:
to what we will call this DURING:
I have not done any of the caulking, filled any nail holes, done any of the crown or ceiling, or painted the trim or the wall, so don’t judge it too much at this stage.
This slim board and batten has an outdoor feel to it in my mind which is what I am going for to make the morning room seem almost like a screened in porch. And I wanted something kind of a little more casual than the treatment than the elaborate ceiling tray and wainscoting in the dining room.
First I stapled an ogee shadow box molding upside down along the baseboard. Then I put up 2″ x 1/2″ x 5′ slats that I meticulously primed every 5 inches or so. I say “or so” because I carefully avoided having any slat interfere with the window sill or casing. That took some math to figure out how to space things so that it worked out. I found the best method was to use scraps to check the spacing before committing to anything.
Nailing up the slats is the easy and fun part. Bam, bam, bam! The extremely annoying and difficult part was then cutting the 4″ x 1/2″ header to snuggle right up to the many angles of the room.
Then I used the same slats to make the a 2″ x 1/2″ shelf along the top. And, as if I weren’t sick and tired enough of cutting two pieces of trim to these annoying angles, I added the same ogee molding that is above the baseboard right under the shelf for stability and decoration.
It is still going to take me months to complete the kitchen and family room wainscoting, the pillars, the crown molding and whatever other trim I’m forgetting so that the great room will have all its walls clad and we can use the garage again. But instead of thinking about it, let us just pause to enjoy this moment of having GOTTEN SOME OF IT DONE!!
And no, I’m not embarassed that I haven’t gotten a single one of my Christmas decorations taken down. I would say I’ve been busy, but the truth is, I leave Christmas out until February to give it the respect it deserves instead of tearing it down for immediate Valentine’s day replacement.