Saturday, January 23, 2010

It's the Little Things that Count

I've always said "It's all in the details" or "It's the little things that count."

Why is a house beautiful?

Sure, maybe you were blessed with a great grand staircase. But would that staircase really be that "grand" without all the intricate details in the gorgeous, well-thought-out architecture?

Didn't think so...

My house is plain. Plain Jane.

My problem is that I LOVE architecture! I could spend days in every city's historic district, just soaking in the beautiful architecture.

My house barely has any baseboard. I know, what house doesn't have baseboard?! Mine....yep.

No baseboard.......ugh.
Carpet covered unfinished REAL hardwood floors.....ugh.
Laminate "wood" covering REAL hardwood.....ugh.
An uninsulated AND non-sealed house addition....ugh.
Windows that are literally glued shut....ugh.

Woah, I'm getting way off base!
Anyways...a little time invested in bulking up trim can really add value to your home!
And my husband bought me a tool that can add trim without replacing (hence more major demo-ing) and trim.

I bought corner caps from Menards, and primed them right off the bat.

I put my corner cap UNDER my trim to mark where to cut (not over! Those measurements will be wrong!)

This is my Rockwell Sonicrafter. Check out the website to see all the things this powerhorse can do!

I began to cut through the trim.

Be careful to ONLY cut trim!! Yes, I realize that the corner is completely covered in cobwebs. Hehe.

Use a prybar or flat head screwdriver to pry the pieces out of the corner.

And you should have a hole like this...

Then apply wood glue to the parts of the corner post that will be touching the walls and ceiling, insert it into your hole from the bottom, then nail (toenailing!) it in place.

I use wood putty to seal everything in. Many people use caulk, but I'm not a fan of the stickiness.

After that has dried, carefully paint it, and you're set!

It's not a huge, oh-my-gosh, type change, but by adding trim here and there through your house, you just might be able to achieve that "grand staircase" you've always imagined!


  1. looks good girl! that tool looks pretty darn awesome!

  2. You did a great job and I agree, the details are what make the ooohs and aaahs.

  3. Oh my goodness, when I saw the corner cut away, I had palpitations. I would NEVER trust myself to get that right. I wouldn't DARE - but you did a really great job. As you say, it's all in the detail. Well done. xx


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