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Old 03-23-2011, 12:47 PM   #1
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Been in my home for around 10 years and after the initial major renovations I did when first moving in, I decided to add interest with chair rail, wall frames, taller baseboards and repaint some walls throughout most of the house, including the kitchen which I will post pics of evenutally.

Mot of the trimwork was dated and dark (stained), just with the primed baseboard the room has become brighter already.

In some of the photos you can see I've changed some of the layout configuration of some of the initial chair rail/wall frames I installed. Chair rail down to baseboard will all be painted one semi-gloss color. Just can't decide between white or off-white(light cream). All the stained wood around the bay window will also be painted to match. On the wall adjacent the stairs, two double hung windows will be installed as that wall has no windows at all, all this work should significantly brighten up the living space, add elegance and bring it up to date.

Doesn't look like much yet, still a ways to go.

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Regularly updated full gallery here:
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I'll add more pics as I make progress. Thanks for looking.

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Old 03-24-2011, 09:24 AM   #2
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Interesting....what sort of detail do you call that above the entry door.

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Old 03-24-2011, 10:20 AM   #3
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I forget the actual type of header it is, but it's a entry door header crown. I followed the design out of a trim book I purchased which I have been using as a guide. I understand that type of header usually isn't used with that type of door casing, but the casing already existed and I wanted to make the door trim on that particular one stand out since it was the main entry (foyer) and the wall above it is quite high so it needed something.

I realize the wall frames look messy right now since I wanted to smooth out/repair any imperfections in the drywall so that it looks like wood wainscoting once it's all painted one color, all the extra attention to detail will pay off in the end.

I've decided on a Sherwin Williams color - Summer White, it's a very smooth, neutral, creamy off white and it's very similar to the almond switches/receptacles I will be using so they will blend in and dissappear which is what I wanted.
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gotta say i've never seen it done like that before. In my experience that piece of head casing would be eliminated and the casing legs would terminate into the bottom of the pediment. Not sayin it looks bad, just looks ....wrong.
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Old 03-24-2011, 11:39 AM   #5
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gotta say i've never seen it done like that before. In my experience that piece of head casing would be eliminated and the casing legs would terminate into the bottom of the pediment. Not sayin it looks bad, just looks ....wrong.
Which is what I stated, they really aren;t supposed to go together, but I didn't want to remove the casing. So if it doesn't look bad, then who cares. There won't be too many finish carpenters analyzing it in person, except for my wifes brother-in-law who will be coming to install some windows, I'm sure he'll point it out to me and any other things I did 'wrong' lol. That being said, I have seen some finish carpenters do it this way, not many, but I have seen a few through google searches.

I guess I should've sensed the sarcasm when you asked what it was.

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As long as you're happy, all that matters. Send pics after paint is on. That'll dress it up a lot.
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As long as you're happy, all that matters. Send pics after paint is on. That'll dress it up a lot.
At the same time I also don't want a finished end product that looks stupid, or sloppy. The latter shouldn't happen since, at the very least, I'm very particular with any work I do. I am most likely changing out the entry door, so that would be a good time to change/revise that header if it's worth the trouble.

I def will post updated pics when it's all painted. Still have a lot of prep work (filling holes, sanding, caulking) before any paint goes on, can't wait for that.
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A few updates.

As I was redoing the trim on the other side of the staircase stringer, I decided I might as well fix the stairs themselves and give them a new look.

They creaked a lot, and a few of the treads near the bottom of the stairs actually had a lot of movement in them. For some reason a few of the treads are made up of two pieces and flex downward when stepped on. Fixed that by nailing at an angle, some small brads with my nailer nailing the two pieces together then filling the holes with wood filler.

Going with black painted treads and handrail, haven't decided if the post will be black or be painted in the light cream colors all the trim/wainscoting/risers/stringers will be.

Here are a few before pics after removing some quarter round trim on the stringers before adding and building up with a 4" board.






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Old 04-06-2011, 07:56 AM   #9
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My solution for transitioning tall baseboard trim into the staircase stringer/trim.


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Hey Rock
You're doing some great work there.
You have really brought that stair way back to a wonderful showpiece.

but...........I have to agree with the front door detail.




It looks like a head casing stuck on top of a head casing.
It doesn't look like one piece.

I would remove the old head casing, square off the two jamb casings and then drop that new header detail down to become the head casing.
You can use a 1/2" bead to mate the non matching trim profiles.



That's just my opinion and was not meant to be harsh.
Just instructive criticism.

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Old 04-06-2011, 08:29 AM   #11
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I appreciate the comments good and constructive.

I am replacing the entire front door and installing a storm door too, so the trim will come off and be replaced. Maybe I can salvage the detail and reuse it the right way. It was more practice than anything for the time being. Thanks!
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It makes me wonder what's behind the top casing they were hiding?

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It makes me wonder what's behind the top casing they were hiding?

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It certainly looks to be an add-on after the fact to me though... quite odd indeed.

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It certainly looks to be an add-on after the fact to me though... quite odd indeed.

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You're obsessing over my 'strange' Neo-Classical Casing. I get it, I'll fix it eventually when the new door goes in.

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