Trim (and how the smallest update can make such a bit impact)

Ripping out the laminate floor saved us the hassle and expense of installing baseboards throughout the room, but one area still needed a bit of trim. The original construction of the second floor included a plaster coating over the brick walls. That remains in many of the rooms, but in the bedrooms a previous owner decided to expose the brick. We love the look, but in true “WHY didn’t they finish anything?!” form, they, well… didn’t finish the job. The dark green strip at the bottom of brick wall is actually a lip that the plaster sat on. It’s not very offensive from here, but let’s get a closeup.

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We like the industrial look, but this is just unfinished yuck. The lip was filled with debris and exciting things like a pen cap and 11 cents.

So we decided to cap it off. First Aaron used construction adhesive to apply 1 x 2″ strips of wood to the base of the trim. This gave him something to attached the finished pieces to. Then he built two-sided trim to box it in.

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He nailed it to the strips and caulked the edges for a seamless look.

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He finished it off with a few coats of the floor paint.

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This has made a huge difference in the room, but it’s more from a standpoint of NOT noticing something. Instead of focusing on the gross, dusty strip against the wall, your brain has more space to appreciate the emerald walls (which I might love more with each passing day) and the awesome brick.

6 comments

  1. Kim // Yellow Brick Home

    AHHHHH. As I write my own post about baseboards and trim, I appreciate this SO much. You know our battle with the same! We once had a friend ask if we were going to “do” anything with the entryway…. mind you, this was after we tore down a couple walls, ripped up carpet, laid down tile and painted. We were so confused, and then we realized she was looking at the part of the wall where there were NO baseboards. She didn’t know why it didn’t look finished, but it just didn’t.

    Such a big difference, and it’s one that I appreciate 100%.

    • Heather

      Oh man! This trim does NOT compare to all of the work you’ve done on your baseboards. It is really amazing how a little piece of wood and some caulk can make all the difference šŸ™‚

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