This morning, John took a photo of the front of the house so that I could update my blog “header.”
After taking the photo, he said the Amish barn star that we bought years ago in Kennebunk, Maine would be perfect above the front door.
Backstory: We were driving by, saw a barn with Amish stars displayed on the front, hit the brakes, turned around and walked inside the country-style store. John said, “How much is the smaller barn star?” The owner said $35. She explained the stars are made from recycled (metal) roofing material.
Click here to see the store.
The rustic star could not have been a better size; it fit perfectly in the half moon space above the front door and it’s an ideal accent piece.
Meanwhile, this is what is happening indoors…
The first room finished with baseboard and trim is the smallest of four bedrooms. This cozy-size, south-facing room will become a home office.
We purchased baseboard and trim at Home Depot and Lowes.
For a more high-end look, John selected 1x6x16′ (5 1/2″ high) for the baseboard. The cap added to the top of the baseboard is 1 1/4.”
The total height is 6 7/8.”
John used a scrap board to do a practice cut to see how the finished baseboard would butt up to the face of the trim.
It’s more cost effective to use practice scraps before cutting the board to length that will be installed. You obviously don’t want to waste good boards. It’s also easier to handle smaller scrap boards than full length pieces.
By purchasing 16 footers (or as long as possible), mitre cuts are eliminated because a full length cut is made.
Photo taken looking down at the wall and floor: John put a pencil mark on the 1×6 and cut a 45 degree angle to marry the 1×6 to the trim. Otherwise, it would be a jagged edge (sounds like a movie) and look unsightly.
The space between the hinge and corner of the wall is 3 3/8.” Since the trim is bigger, John marked above and below the three hinges with a pencil and used a palm sander with 100-grit paper to sand off the 1/8-inch to make the trim fit.
John placed a pencil line where the studs are located to ensure where to nail the cap to the 1×6.
To eliminate all sorts of problems, and while a room is open, it’s worth making a plumb pencil line as high up as needed for the trim that is nailed. Otherwise, you’re doubling your work..
Ready for caulk and paint!
Caulking is a carpenter’s best friend. After finishing trim and baseboard, using quality caulk applied with a thin small bead will create an appearance of one piece.