Holy crud. It’s been one heck of a month.

So I thought I’d take this Monday to fill you guys in on my life (which I also hope helps explain why I’ve been MIA lately).

Above all else, updates in my home have consumed most of July and August.

What started as a quick bathroom remodel (see post one, two and three) has snowballed into redoing all of the trim, casing and baseboards on my main floor—which includes replacing all interior doors and hardware, and priming, re-painting etc. While the jambs were out, I even briefly considered fulfilling my dream of sanding and refinishing my floors to a bleach blonde, but I had to stop somewhere or next thing I know, I’d be adding a second story to my home.

(Full disclosure: If I planned to stay here for even 5 more years, I would have done it. But the dream is to rent this home out in the future, so I don’t want to go overboard and sink too much into it.)

So, what does “just redoing trim” really look like? An upheaval of all the things you own. Or—glass half full here guys—a great excuse to clean and purge.

It’s been a messy, dusty yard sale of all the things we own. Every piece of furniture, art, decor (and, yes, imagine all the random crap like pens that don’t work and old sweaters you tucked under dressers) in every single room on my main floor is tightly piled in the center of each space. No desk to work at, no couch to sit on, and a bed that we have to load stuff onto every morning and clear off every night. The only clear surface is our countertop, and the only seat accessible on the main floor to rest is a single pink pouf. But I cannot complain because a) I did this to myself, and b) it’s the side effect of transforming my home into a thing I’ll enjoy more.

Needless to say, Elite has been killllllllling it. They did my bathroom and now they’re the ones tackling the main floor base and case. There is no way I could have done this all myself! I’ve learned so much watching them work and the quality of their craftsmanship is bonkers. And while I believe in DIY as a mentality (the idea of taking control over your own projects and doing what you can with what you have), when it comes to remodels, so long as I have the means to hire good builders, I absolutely will.

The chaos of a renovation aside, I’m super pumped to see how this all turns out.

Design-wise, I went craftsman: clean lines, cute trim caps, and square stock casing and baseboard—which is a bit departure from my previous concave, more traditional trim. I also chose to forgo shoe-molding. Not only do I prefer the clean look, but an extra ledge is just a dust collector. Plus, I gained at least an inch of floorspace in every single room, hallway and doorway as my baseboards are now just 3/4″ thick whereas before they must have been almost 1.5″. Small victories, guys.

For the doorways, I’m using Metrie‘s beefy and beautiful True Craft casing and Masonite Heritage Lincoln Park doors (which are 1-3/4″ solid wood). And to do them justice, I couldn’t just go with any old hardware: I picked up 3.5″ shiny chrome hinges and matching chrome Weiser Heritage Levers.

Construction-wise, Elite did some cool things to put it all together, so here are some quick notes on the build:

  • To create the shallow inlets for the door hardware (hinges, latches etc), they crafted a jig frame for the router to follow. Typically, these inlets have to be tediously hand-cut, which also allows for mistakes, so this was such a cool process to witness. I even gave one a shot myself.
  • All of the base and jambs are poplar and fitted with cedar shims.
  • All joints are joined with biscuits.

There’s so many more elements at play I can’t wait to show you, so lok out not only for a bathroom reveal shortly, but a main floor before + after with allll the pretty.

Up next, I’m stepping in to do all the wood filling, caulking, sanding, priming and painting. (I have to save money somewhere lol).

x, S

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