10.26.2009

Trimapalooza!

Our wainscoting project is done! As Mater would say, D-U-N done! Marc really tore it up on this project. It is very comforting to know that if the whole testing missiles thing does not work out, he will be able to make a living as a painter. He is really good at it. And I did touch up! I promise that I was not being a total lazabout, I kept the kids out of his hair Saturday night by taking them to the local botanical garden Halloween party, something that I will never ever ever do again. And Sunday, I repainted an upstairs wall that was the scene of a spectacular recent decorating FAIL. To be honest, after UT losing to Bama in the last four seconds of the game Saturday night, I am glad that I WASN'T here!

I am so happy with the finished product, that I am entering it in Metamorphosis Monday! Click on the link to see other Before and After entries:

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During construction:

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When we moved in:

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Trim Only:

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Big Reveal!

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Plain (after the trim, before the paint):

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Wow!

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Scuffed up (I don't have any photos of the plain staircase wall, unfortunately):

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Shiny:

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Mr. Painter hard at work:

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While we are talking trim, I am going to let you in on a trim secret. Do you want elaborate crown, but are working with a tight budget? Our builder in Tullahoma put a piece of crown flush to the ceiling and then about 3-4 inches below, put another thin piece of trim. The painters painted all three sections, the crown, wall, and trim white and gave it the appearance of double crown molding, but not the cost! Just wanted to share!

Thanks to Between Naps on the Porch for hosting Met Monday! To check out her very interesting and crafty blog, go here:

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If you want to read about the beginning of the wainscoting project, Go Here.

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13 comments:

  1. FABULOUS! What a difference. You have added incredible value to your home. Walking in your entrance must be a heart-stopper.
    Congrats for marrying such a clever hubby. I did too. He blesses my life in many ways!
    Anxious to know if you are decorating above the molding on the stairway!
    Thanks for a wonderful post!
    Deborah

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  2. Love the stairs dark!! And the white molding is just a huge improvement. What a wonderful entry, I would love coming home each day.
    -Angela

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  3. Great job...and ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!

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  4. wow, what a wonderful job on the staircase, it looks great. Love the white with the dark finish, so pretty, I am a new follower, come for a visit

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  5. Thank you for your nice comments! I am thinking that "Anonymous" is either my neighbor or my cousin. ;)

    Deborah, that is a good question. At first, I thought that I would put some bird prints up as a tribute to my late grandmother who loved decorating and nature. But Marc and I like the trim so much that we were like, "Do we really want to distract from it?" So he thought that maybe we could put some prints at the base of the stairs. I don't know....... :)

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  6. This so needs to be done in my home and we haven't gotten to it yet. It looks lovely...Enjoy!

    Stop by and see my lovely transformation and don't forget to see yesterday's post too!!!...My papa's hand-painted frescoes from the cathedrals of Southern Italy!

    And if you like what you see, don't forget to click the "Follow" button so that we can inspire each other often!

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  7. The cat picture came from a store in ca. called "just like the model" I have seen it on a posters sight, I think you could recreate it with your dog, what a great idea...thanks for stopping by...

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  8. This looks amazing!!!! I love love love it! I am passing on the Kreativ blogger award to you!

    You can get the details in my post:
    http://teamskousen.blogspot.com/2009/10/lovely-lovely-award.html

    :) Blair

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  9. I soooo want to add some of this to my house. Along with beadboard, board and batten, and well, anthing else that might make my house less blah. Yours look fab.u.lous. Love your paint colors too. Actually, love your house. Can I have it?

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  10. Sure! But I warn you, it comes with a very smelly hound dog. ;)

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  11. Love it!! You know I do! I'm doing just that crown trick in our family room soon!! Can't wait to get started on that one.

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  12. Looks fab! I've actually been planning the exact same thing for the vast empty wall beside my staircase.

    I'd love to know if your walls are smooth or if they have a texture to them. Mine a textured, but I'd hate to go through the work of installing MDF boards before the moulding.

    Anyway, you did an amazing job!

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  13. Ours are smooth so I asked my husband. He does not think that you can put up wainscotting on a textured wall, but if I were you, I would consult a trim guy. HTH and thanks for stopping by! :)

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