Old Stone House

Trimming

August 7, 2006

Filed under: Master Bathroom @ 3:11 pm

trima.jpgIn between applying coats of paint to the clawfoot tub, we began installing the trim moulding. Not impressed with the standard MDF casings and baseboards, we decided to simply make our own custom mouldings. The baseboards, which are pine 1”x6”s with a simple beaded flute routed across the top were made in about 20 minutes as wall the chair-rail nosing. As for the rest of the trim, we purchased pine wainscoting in eight-foot lengths, and cut them into four foot sections, as well as several lengths of pine panel/shingle moulding and 1” quarter-round.

We first drew a level line around the room using the shelf at the wall niche as a starting point. After that is was a simple matter of tacking up the wainscoting – keeping the top of each board level with the line. There were small gaps at the bottom of each board but as the baseboard was going to cover it, we didn’t worry. We used large staples to attach each pine slat, pinning each board in two places top and bottom. Atop that we then attached the baseboards and the panel moulding. Each baseboard was slathered in a thick coat of glue and applied to the wainscoting hiding the staples, and then fastened with countersunk screws – each screw hitting either a stud or strapping. This pulled the wainscoting and baseboad in tight both against the wall. A similar procedure was used for the panel moulding. Again a heavy coat of glue was applied to each piece of panel moulding, and long finishing nails were driven into the strapping/studs.

trimb.jpgThe casing moulding around the door required some special attention. Previous renovators had double-drywalled the door wall, resulting in casing moulding that was flush with the wall. It wasn’t possible to remove the extra layer of drywall as it was being used as a spacer between the original lathe and a new wall, so instead we made a false-bullnosing to camouflage the discrepancy between the trim moulding and the wall. The bullnosing was directly fastened to the drywall, and then a very small cove moulding was applied to create a smooth transition between the nosing and the original trim. The final result gave the appearance of an elaborate casing, while adding some much needed depth to the trim and wall.

We added the rest of the bullnosing around the chair-rail, and attached the large shelf beside the tub. As well, we added 1” quarter-round around the baseboard. We applied a generous bead of caulking behind the quarter-round, sealing the 1”x6” baseboard to the floor just as prevention such that in the case of a leak, less water would find its way behind the wall. Armed with putty and some “carpenter in a tube” (caulking) we filled in the remaining imperfections and holes and called it a day.

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