AN UPDATE ON MY HOUSE MAKEOVER. PAINTING THE TRIM. EEK!

O.K., this is NEVER going to pan out.  In case you aren’t familiar with what’s going on in my old house here, you can read my original post from last week entitled Every Room Makeover Begins with Inspiration and Frustration.

In hindsight I now realize that post should have been titled “LOLOLOL.  You’ll never believe what an asshead I am.  I’m sooooooo f*cked.”  Or something like that.

I have serious, serious issues with my imagination and my brain in general.  I can imagine doing ALL SORTS of things in a week.  Probably I could walk to China and still have time to get my hair cut and highlighted.

In a nutshell (a small one, like a hazelnut) I planned on redecorating and painting my house in the spring, moved the task to the fall and now have precisely 10 days to get everything done before I host Thanksgiving.  As of 14 days ago I had done precisely nothing.

I got to work on the trim right away but it ended up taking me over a week to do because I’m having to squish it in after work.

I’ve been wanting to paint the original trim in the front portion of my house since I moved in over 15 years ago but honestly I just didn’t have the nerve.  I had to work up to it, so I trained by painting all of the other trim in the house.  The upstairs, the kitchen and the dining room all have painted trim. The only trim that was left untouched was the trim in the foyer and the living room (the oldest trim in the house).

trim-unpainted

And it wasn’t even all that nice.

But I never painted it because I was afraid that if I painted the trim my 180 year old house it would lose all of it’s character.

As it turns out it didn’t lose its character. It lost its ugly.

Everything looks cleaner, bigger and more open with the trim painted and strangely … you notice the beauty of the trim more.  I don’t know how that works, I’m not a brain scientist. It’s just the way it all panned out.  Paint the trim … trim shows up more and looks way better than it did before.

Plus the rooms look twice as big because the painted trim makes the walls look bigger instead of having all that wood chop up the room at every window door and entryway.

There were 2 things that precipitated the trim painting.  The first being a house I went through last November on a Christmas House tour in my area.  There was an old, old, house similar to mine but sightly grander, and all of the trim was painted white and it was beautiful.  The second thing that precipitated the trim painting was, I grew a pair.

So I painted the trim.

painting-trim

Bad photo courtesy of me.  Sorry.

I used:

A Purdy paintbrush. (I had a regular handled Purdy paintbrush but the Purdy Blue Heron with the Beavertail handle is the BEST because the shorter handle doesn’t gets in the way when you’re painting in tight spaces like corners)

DAP Latex Caulking (a whole post on how to load and use a caulking gun coming up)

Benjamin Moore Latex Aura Paint in “Simply White”, Satin.

Benjamin Moore Fresh Start Primer

 

hall-trim

 

The painted trim even makes me like my ugly gold Costco mirror.  The trim only has one coat of primer and one coat of paint here and the walls haven’t been painted yet.

I like THIS shot a lot better.

nest

You’ll notice I’ve Photoshopped out my old programmable thermostat with a fancy Nest thermostat.  Why?

Electricity rates  in Ontario, Canada (where I live) are the most expensive in North America.  How expensive?  Well, imagine living in a communist country where you’re forced to line up to buy bread and have to blow your nose with Kleenex that has no Aloe.  It’s like that only instead of those things you can only do laundry during the hours you might encounter a bat, Stephen King, or drunk barfing college students returning from a frat party.  From 7 at night until 7 in the morning is the only time electricity rates are even moderately affordable.  Mainly you can’t do anything that involves electricity any other time unless you want to pay an insane amount for it.  So no dishwasher, no unnecessary lights on, no laundry, no nothin’. Which is hard when you’re home all day because your home is your office.

Since your furnace and air conditioner are the biggest hydro suckers you own, regulating them is the best way to cut your electricity costs.  You know all of this.  I have no idea why I’m telling you this.  Other than to say I’d really like a Nest thermostat and I’ve wanted one since they debuted a few years ago.

hall

I decided to leave the doors wood for now.  Old habits (and fears) die hard.  I can start moving furniture around now, so whatever ends up working in the foyer will dictate whether I paint the doors black, leave them wood or paint them white.

mess
Everything has been mashed into the centre of my living room and foyer for weeks now and I hate it.

 

chandelier

This is where I find out how observant you are.  Did you catch a glimpse of this Empire chandelier in the previous photo?  As soon as I committed to trying to get this whole lower floor makeover done by October 10th, I spent the night on the couch browsing Kijiji (It’s like Craigslist) for things I need like carpets and lighting.  I found this BEAUTIFUL antique chandelier in the first hour and and picked it up by the next morning.  The rest of the crystals for it are in box off to the side of the room.  I paid $100.  Which is otherwise known as a score.

I’m not liking my chances of this coming together in the next week because well, I don’t think it’s even possible, but stranger things have happened. I mean I found my dream chandelier for $100 on Kijiji.

Anything can happen!

In my imagination.

Have a good weekend!

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105 Comments

  1. Susan Hollier says:

    Hate to burst your bubble but the Nest isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Sure I like being able to control the heat from under the duvet with my iPad but the whole “learning” thing? It has never worked with ours. We might have 1st generation but still I have not been terribly impressed. Don’t even get me started on the accompanying smoke detector. Nice trim btw. I feel you with the long project list and hosting Thanksgiving, but not getting started yet…

    • Karen says:

      BOOOO HISSSSS!!! Really? I was hoping to get one! I think they’re on the 3rd generation now. It’ll be a while before I build up the courage to buy one anyway, lol. I still need a living room chair so I can finally get rid of the one I found in the garbage. Plus this girl has a turkey to buy. 😉 ~ karen!

      • Pam'a says:

        If you’re home all day, how much switching of temps do you need to do? Are you one of those weirdos who turns the heat down to Antarctica at night or anything? I have a regular old programmable thermostat, but mostly, it’s set at one temperature. All. The. Time.

        An astute A/C guy once told me to leave the fan running, too. All. The. Time. He said the power used was negligible, and possibly reduced the amount of heating/cooling needed. Makes sense, I think, keeping the air circulating.

        Food for thought, anyway.

        • Karen says:

          Oh yes, I turn it down cold at night. Also working from home means I go out, I just go out at irregular times so I’d like an option where I can just push a button and have the thermostat automatically go down to a certain temp. Plus I like gadgets. 🙂 ~ karen!

          • Michelle says:

            We have a Honeywell programmable thermostat that does the instant drop/rise at the touch of a button (from your smartphone), and it’s just like a Nest. Only it doesn’t “learn.” I like the option to adjust the temperature when I’m nearly home, that way the house is comfortable when I arrive. It was an affordable option to the Nest, and we’re very happy with it.

    • A guy says:

      Thermostats like the Nest are not plug and play with most furnace wiring. I had to run new wires from the furnace to make the Honeywell version of the Nest work, and my house was built in tjr mid 80’s.

      Careful what you wish for.

    • Carswell says:

      I have a Nest and I love it.

      The learning aspect didn’t work for me because my schedule is too erratic – that said, my previous thermostat only let me set a schedule on a 5/2 day split. The Nest does not have this restriction and you can program it to do as many shifts per day as you want and set each day independently.

      The fact that I can change the programming from my iPhone or iPad is just the icing on the cake. My cleaning person sometimes changes the days she comes and the remote function lets me change the setting when she calls.

      I have the smoke detector too and I love the fact it has a built in motion sensor/night light function since it is over the upstairs landing between my bedroom and bathroom. No more night light in the bathroom. Yay!

      • Lynne Burns says:

        I too love my Nest…… Worth the money and is super easy to install. I even called customer support, left a message and received a return call within 15 minutes by a real live human AND this was on a Sunday… Imagine that!

  2. yinda says:

    Looking good! Time to paint the doors – colour to be decided!

  3. Isabella says:

    Love the paint job. Fabjous. Now I have to go check out kijiji.

    • GC Lehman says:

      Beware the Jabberwock!!

      My mom knows this poem (?) by heart and spews it out randomly. One time just recently she was sitting in a dark corner of the living room and she started muttering it along with something on TV. My sister and dad were convinced she was speaking in tongues and we’re almost ready to have her committed. It’s the funniest recent memory I’ve got!!

      Now, we’re teaching get my youngest. They’ve put out a board book for pre-schoolers with it….it’s great! LoL.

      Sorry Karen. The trim looks great! …and that’s from a “leave the wood natural” person. Good luck with the rest of it. It seems to me you are on the o

  4. Jennie Lee says:

    The trim looks good, Karen. Somehow it makes your home look “tranquil”. Which is quite a trick, considering it’s REALLY not, right now.

    • Karen says:

      Noooo, lol, no it is not. And you’re right. It really does a lot to calm the house just because visually it’s way more restful having all the trim white. 🙂 ~ karen!

      • Ash says:

        Omg! Love, love the trim!!!! Great job!
        I also live in beautiful Ontario, Canada. My f**king hydro is $225 per month, every month of the year! Lol good ole equal billing! 🙂

  5. Nicole says:

    I can’t comment on the nest thermostat but I love the nest smoke detector. It is the best little night light ever. It has a motion detector and lights up very subtly and briefly when you walk by. I’ve not lit the house on fire yet but I have taken a couple of really long, hot showers (my husband is also a fan of the Ontario hydro rates) and my nest smoke detector talks to me and gives me a warning that it thinks it’s smoky and if it gets any worse it might start shrieking. I like that it’s sensitive but gives me a chance to do something before the deafening starts.

  6. stephanie says:

    If you paint the doors black and you do not like it, it will take 100 million coats of paint to cover it and by then you will have a very lumpy/grainy/bubbly door and you will replace it with a glass door that you can’t really see through but makes things lighter. I moved into a place with black hole doors and know what it’s like – just say NO to black doors.

  7. tracie says:

    Well, the two things that stand out the most for me in this post, are that, shit, I totally forgot to book an appointment to get my hair cut, and that I can no longer ignore how grossly unobservant I really am. So, I had to go back to look at things, of course, and saw the chandelier, nice. I wish that I knew why it was a score at 100 bucks, but I do really like it. And was that a turquoise dresser I spied? Cause I really liked it too. And don’t tell me, that sucker was a side of the road score…that’s how little I know about fashion and decorating. I’m looking to buy a living room set. I will sent you a pic of my living room, and hope like hell you give me some advice. Hopeless in Surrey…

    • whitequeen96 says:

      Oooh, I like that turquoise dresser too! That’s an idea I’ll keep in mind for the future.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tracie! The chandelier would be about $1,200 in an antique store. It’s probably about 100 years old and has really, really high quality crystals. The best I’ve seen actually. ~ karen!

  8. Melissa says:

    Looks beautiful, I agree though, on painting the doors. I think the black would be so dramatic, so that’s my unsolicited vote. I think you’ll come through and have it all done in time, you are always very determined! Good luck!

  9. Linda says:

    Why not paint the Costco mirror frame matte black? Then do a metallic rub in a color you like.

    • Karen says:

      I’d love it in matte black Linda! But I actually like it now that it’s against the white baseboards so I’ll be leaving it for now. 🙂 ~ karen!

  10. Paula says:

    Thanksgiving is in 10 days! Omg. I guess the weather was warm for much longer than usual and although I ‘know’ the date, I am not ‘aware’ of the date (clearer than mud?). Crap.

    Awesome score on the chandelier!

    Don’t paint the floors! I clearly, have not yet grown a set; my trim is all wood, the owner before me spent a great deal of time removing green paint from every piece of trim in the house and I don’t have the heart to paint it again. The house is dark though.

  11. TucsonPatty says:

    It is going to look fabulous. Period. I think everything you do is fabulous. I cannot, however, figure out what the twisty mirrored thing is leaning against the Costco mirror. (And I really, really want a very tall, white tree trunk in my living room. A kitty toy?)

    • Alice says:

      I think it’s another mirror (unframed) that is leaning at an angle, so the reflection looks odd.

    • Karen says:

      LOL! The twisty thing is an optical illusion. It’s also a mirror. It was hanging on the door of my closet and I removed it. 🙂 The tree trunk is actually an old painted pillar from the front of a heritage house. 🙂 ~ karen!

      • TucsonPatty says:

        I cannot get my head around the reflection. I can see that it is a mirror, now, but my eyes, my eyes! Thanks for the clarification. I thought it was some cool looking designer propeller. Now you won’t be able to un-see it! ; )

  12. Grammy says:

    Glad you painted the trim. Natural wood finish works better on huge houses with huge rooms — otherwise they chop up your sight lines and make everything seem cluttered. All your “stuff” is going to stand out and look more fabulous now.

    That chandelier is so, so fine.

  13. Debbie D says:

    Love the trim. Painting the trim is the worst! I have painted the entire trim in my house and it is not fun. However, it sure is nice when it is done. I would paint the doors too. I just painted my entry door haint blue. Love it. Painted the front and the back side of the door so I can enjoy the color from the inside of the house. Looks so pretty. Southern superstition or not, things have been less “bumpy” since the haint blue color went in. No, I don’t have ghosts and I know because I used to live in a haunted place. But life is easier and smoother since the color went in and the house has not had one fall apart tragedy after another, so far. Can’t wait to paint the ceiling of my front porch a lighter color of it as well.

    You planning on swapping out the black electrical outlet with a white one? That would make for a good article on how to do that. Electricity (and doing anything with it) scares the crap out of me. I might also grow a third pair if you showed me how to do it and swap out some of mine that don’t match the color on the wall. Yes, over my life I have had to grow a couple of pair already…..

  14. Ronda says:

    sigh … the previous owner of my 100+ year old house had someone come in and paint EVERYTHING (including door knobs and hinges) a bleh creamy yellow. Some rooms got the walls painted as soon as we moved in, some have been painted and papered three times (my daughter’s room when she was very much younger) and others are still waiting after 20 years (my poor old dining room). But all the doors and door knobs are still that boring bleh colour. As the paint has worn off the door knobs over the years, brass has been showing up underneath. Maybe, when I retire, I will have the energy to tackle them. Having the balls is not the issue lol!

  15. First off, kudos on painting the trim. I am usually a die hard DO NOT PAINT ORIGINAL TRIM, but in your case I do believe it is what was needed and it wasn’t particularly nice trim. Nothing fancy.

    Secondly, I LOVE my Nest, but my expectations were entirely based on how it helps me manage my cottage from far away. I also have the camera and smoke detectors. All great for my situation. PLUS! Using Nest’s motion detection capabilities and IFTTT I am now able to tell when maybe renters arrive.

  16. Cathy says:

    I painted my window trim white years ago but not the baseboards. No one knows why.
    I too left my doors wood and don’t have the cohones to paint them white. Black looks good in some of the houses I’ve seen online ( checkout Kristi’s blog at Addicted2Decorating. She’s USA’s version of you without the bad language?) but part of me feels it’s another mauve trend.
    Anyway, it looks terrific and very you.
    Why not get a less fancy programmable thermostat ? I love mine and even though it wasn’t wildly $$$ to begin with, I got it free through my gad company during a promotion.

    • Karen says:

      I do have a programmable thermostat Cathy, but it’s discoloured and falling apart and needs to be replaced. Part of why I like the Nest I’ll admit is because it’s so sleek and small looking. 🙂 ~ karen!

  17. Cathy says:

    Make that GAS company?

  18. Ron says:

    Just so you know, the Ecobee3 is a Canadian alternative to Nest and has the advantage of supporting remote sensors.
    You can find comparisons here:
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/ecobee3-vs-nest-thermostat-head-head-comparison/
    https://www.ecobee.com/feature-comparison-competition/

  19. Oh, paint the doors black!

  20. Monique says:

    Love the painted trim w/ wood doors..! Great Kiijiijiijiiijiijiii..:) buy!

  21. Katie C. says:

    I have an easy solution that’ll buy you another 6 weeks.

    This year tell everyone that you’re changing things up and celebrating US Thanksgiving!

    See problem solved. 😉

  22. Su says:

    Purdy brushes make painting anything easier and Benjamin Moore paint rocks…. there are Aps you can use where you take a picture of a room and apply a paint color to see how you like it before you even buy it! I used it when trying to determine what color I wanted on a huge wall with a vaulted ceiling….might make determining whether to paint your doors easier….. LOVE your chandelier!

  23. Alice says:

    Btw, Ontario’s electricity’s rates are not nearly the highest in North America. See, for example, https://www.bchydro.com/news/conservation/2016/how-our-rates-compare.html
    or google “compare electricity rates North America” and see the document Hydro Quebec puts out annually (sorry, couldn’t figure out how to link to the pdf)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Alice! I did see the Hydro Quebec report when I was researching this post. It’s out of date by a year I believe. 🙂 When you factor in delivery and time of use and all of that stuff Ontario really does have the highest rates in North America. They have increased in price over the past few years exponentially and then there was another increase in our last bill that was so huge there are now people living without power and protests are happening all over the province. It’s crazy! ~ karen

      • Jan in Waterdown says:

        AND they had the unmitigated gall to raise our rates because they said we weren’t using enough!? wtf? I don’t even know how to explain that beauty especially since they were trying to get us to use less. Don’t get me started. Oh. Too late. grrrrrr

  24. Tracey says:

    Hi Karen,
    I love the white trim!
    When we moved into our house al the walls, big trim, wide baseboards were all painted harvest gold. We have wide pine floors. Maybe the previous owners thought it would all “blend”, but it looked horrible! And, it made the pine floors look orange. I painted the walls BM Linen and the trim in White Dove (supposedly it’s the same colour as ikea white). The pine floors look so nice now, and the house looks bigger.
    I still haven’t pulled the trigger on the painting the doors yet
    I was also thinkin a soft black.
    My house is small though, so I think I’ll do white as well…
    I just need to grow a pair myself.

    I’m so looking forward to all the changes you are making. I know it will be fabulous!!!

  25. Leisa says:

    Total score on the chandelier! I like black doors A LOT, but I really love all the white with the wood doors, kinda classic. Amazing transformation!

  26. Anne McCarthy says:

    I had an ugly costco like mirror too and was ready to ditch it and then I painted it and now I love it!

  27. Mary W says:

    My dusty chandelier is still dusty and the replacement is still sitting next to it – a small round flat disk that is Not dusty. I keep buying things other than an electrician to so the deed. Good luck with the dust! Love the black door idea for one door. Just think, Thanksgiving will be here soon and you will be done and we will have a great blog post to look upon. Can’t wait for all your hard work to be finished. Please tell me you will sit back and relax for a bit just drinking in the beauty – before you start another big project. Be good to yourself. Play your guitar and peace out, man!

  28. UrbanFarmKid Marti says:

    All terribly fascinating to my renter-self who is never allowed to paint anything. Ever.

    But I am questioning why the cuckoo clock is at ceiling level? Wow, that sucker is up high. What’s up with that? I can see you didn’t want the door banging into the weights, but still? Unless that door is about 5’2″, I’m a bit confused.

    Of course I’m generally confused. What’s on the T-day menu this year?

    (I’m a bit excited for Thanksgiving this year. After five years of eating dry turkey with my beloved friends, I get to bring the bird this year. Whew! Salvation! Thank heavens they had the second baby and decided they were overwhelmed.)

    • Karen says:

      Cuckoo clocks have to be as high as their chains are which are really long, lol. They always hang up high. And in this case it looks higher because that door is little. It leads into the basement but is probably only about 6′ high or so? Good luck with the turkey and don’t do anything stupid like putting sausage in the stuffing. ~ karen!

  29. Diane Amick says:

    Painted all my interior doors “wrought iron” (very dark charcoal grey) four years ago and I love them still. Inspired me to paint my lower kitchen cabinets the same color. Now plan to paint the white trim around my dining room triple window to better frame the beautiful view of my garden. Go for it!

  30. Meredith says:

    Looks really nice. Open and bright. When I first saw the picture with the wood door in it (before reading any text), I thought “what a beautiful door!” Don’t paint it. Can’t believe that mirror is from Costco. Love it.

  31. Mindy says:

    I vote, lead everyone through the side yard and host dinner in the backyard.

  32. Julie says:

    Did you have to “un-paint” your trim at all? The trim in our house is so thick it’s like someone nailed an extra 2×4 to the frames and I’d love to get rid of it. Do you have any preferences as to paint removal? Heat gun? Chemical? Burn the house down and start again?

  33. Liz says:

    aww. love the little painting of your house 🙂 I’m trying to do one of mine/learn watercolor. Was it a gift, project or Etsy buy ?

    • Karen says:

      Oh! I got that from my real estate agent when I moved into my house. It was my gift from them. He painted it and it was one of the first things he ever painted. He’s reallyyyyy good now and a totally different style. ~ karen!

  34. Wendy W says:

    Hi Karen, I have faith in you! A couple of hints and I’m not being paid for endorsements, I promise! We got a Vivint alarm system recently and it’s pretty cool. It has a thermostat with it that we can monitor from our phones just like a Nest. It is also monitored by Vivint. So far, so good. Of course, if you don’t need the whole alarm system then it may not be for you because you have to sign a contract, yada, yada, but wanted to give you an alternative to Nest. As well, I recently discovered Behr Marquee paint and it has changed the game! I’m an experienced painter, have painted almost all of our 2 story house, finished basement and then some. It covers EVERYTHING, most times with one coat. And even if you have to do 2, you won’t have to do the cuts twice, just roll on another quick coat. It saved me SO much time and effort, I had to tell you. Good luck with your renovations, I’m sure you’ll do great!

  35. jainegayer says:

    The trim looks great! When we moved into our 1981 house 2 years ago I decided to leave the natural wood trim, the wood pocket doors, the stairs, etc. on everything. We even spent $$$ on new windows with a vinyl wood trim and window grids to match the trim wood work. And now I wish I had it painted white. Our neighbors had their trim, doors, etc. painted white and their house looks so much bigger than ours and our house is actually bigger. I was just too afraid to do it. Kudos to you, Karen for the balls to do it.
    PS- Black doors

  36. maggie van sickle says:

    love white anything, sheets, dishes towels, cars etc and TRIM. Looks great Karen.

  37. Gretchen Sexton says:

    LOVELY!
    Love your house. Love your taste.
    Love the white!
    It is looking so good.
    If anyone can pull it off, it’s YOU!
    (I have faith…)
    Go get’em!
    And I can’t wait to see the results!
    PS Also love a NEST thermostat and would like to get one–my brother did and it’s fantastic.

  38. Mary Edmondson says:

    I installed my Nest thermostat myself (I’m a 77 year old female, so I’m pretty proud of myself). Absolutely love it and my next change will be to a Nest compatible door bell with video camera, then whatever else Nest compatible gizmo I can change out. I also want to paint out all my wood trim to white, a job I haven’t had the nerve to tackle yet. I hope you take us on a video tour of your whole house once it’s “done” – not that you won’t find something new to change out, being extraordinary genius YOU.

  39. Allison says:

    We have the Honeywell wireless thermostat and it’s great. The Nest is cool because you can connect everything in your house on a network, but we didn’t need that in this house.

    I am pro-painted trim. I also think you should try painting the doors black. I think it would be lovely!

  40. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    OK..why did you buy the huge mirror if you thought it was ugly?…The white looks so much nicer…I have a problem here with my living room..It is all done in knotty pine which is such a pretty wood but I would really like to paint it too as I am sick of all the wood in this place..I’m afraid I will paint it and then have regrets..guess I really need to grow a pair too and just do it like you did..lol..I have the same problem with a red brick chimney in the next room (its all open between these two rooms)..there is a partial stone floor below the brick where a wood stove once sat…It has been years that I have considered painting these..If you happen to have an extra pair please send them to me..lol..

    • Nancy Blue Moon says:

      P.S…I really like the black painted window trim in your kitchen so I think the doors would look great in black!

      • Jan in Waterdown says:

        Knotty pine? Paint it!! Or, if you can’t quite get there, have you considered a transparent white stain that looks like a pale whitewash? I have seen that done and it gives the room a cool beachy cottagey look but then that would depend on your house style.

        • Jan in Waterdown says:

          Oh, and paint the chimney too!

        • Nancy Blue Moon says:

          I just looked the white stain up Jan…I like!

          • j says:

            hi nancy blue moon-

            i ripped a photo out of a magazine a year ago of a woman meditating in a room with white washed hard wood floors. Stunning! I’m thinking of using the idea on my badly stained oak floors–i would love to hear if the idea works for you. I also have a red brick fireplace that could use a face lift,,,,

  41. Jan in Waterdown says:

    We’ve had a Nest for several years now and it’s been just fine up until recently, when Canada Post decided to change our postal code and now the poor little thing is all confused and can’t seem to find us. It thinks we’ve moved to the USA. So the Nest folks, somewhere in Nevada, nicely suggested we tried to fool it by using a different code. Their suggestion? Toronto! lol Ah well, it’s a work in progress I guess.

  42. Lynn says:

    First off love that you painted your trim , yes i agree it makes it appear as if house has grown . The fear of painting trim a really big one. One that goes way back . In the big old houses the rooms were rather oversized an trim was also , but used for showing areas . Some were natural due to the fact they used ( oak, walnut an other such woods). Or they used plaster which they painted very colorful in most cases. It is not a case of growing a pair so much as getting over the stigma which is unreal. Pine is not a good wood for stain so do not feel bad painting it. I do not know if that helps or hinders any of you out there . Your Kijiji find is a real deal , I live outside of Edmonton an it is big here also. When shopping I always go there first , you have to love the deals. I like the nest but have not gotten one 🙁 . Here we find 70% of our elictric / natural gas is not on what we use but on ( bullshit ) charges ( service, paper) if you know what I mean . It drives us nuts.

  43. Renee says:

    So I am looking for an opinion. I like trim painted in certain circumstances. Our kitchen has 4 windows, 2 on one wall that have no trim at all just a grey marble sill, and 2 on the other wall that the original owner put in later that has the varnished pine trim. My kitchen is chocolate brown which I love. So do I paint the trim on that one set of windows and what color? or re varnish and what do I do about the other set of windows that has no trim, just a marble windowsill? (We had the old aluminum windows in the whole house except for those two & the living room is all wood trim. We replaced all the windows with nice vinyl white windows a few years back, and left the marble sills – which I should have just replaced, but I am stuck now. thoughts?

    • Karen says:

      Renee. I have one window in my kitchen that has no trim at all and one that does. I painted the trim on that window white including the sills but did all the cross sections black, and painted the door that leads out of the kitchen into my mudroom black to match. If there’s no other pine in the kitchen I would definitely paint your pine trim and take inspiration from whatever else is in the kitchen. Safest best is white or a colour that matches the walls. 🙂 ~ karen!

  44. Lisa says:

    I was gonna tell you to buy yourself more time and celebrate USA Thanksgiving and someone beat me to it! ha! Doors – paint them black! We have been renovating for the past 10 months! And can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel now….so close to finishing! I painted all my doors black, that’s TWENTY-ONE doors!!! Yes, it took forever – but was so worth it! They look fabulous!!

  45. Patty says:

    I LOVE PAINTED TRIM. well done. I do like that you left the doors unpainted though. Although black would be awesome too. And you done REAL good on the chandelier. I always misjudge time too. Thinking a project would take an afternoon and two days later I’m still at it. But at 66 yrs old I find I can’t do things as quickly as I used to. Can’t wait to see your finished project. You are an inspiration.

  46. Nanette says:

    Your trim looks great. I painted my doors up front black and like the contrasting white trim. The only drawback is it does make the space darker so I would make sure the area is well lighted. But I love them. Have you looked up the Ecobee thermostat? Its supposed to be better for larger houses.

  47. Christy Weber says:

    Be bold…paint the doors black. It will be chic and you have the inspiration shot to prove it. If you need to grow another pair before you do it, test the water by hanging or draping black paper or fabric on the door and sit with it for a bit…maybe throughout a day as the light changes in the room. Look at it with slight soft focus (in my case just take your glasses off) and pretend it is really black, not just paper or fabric. My money is on you loving it once you make the jump.

  48. Jody says:

    Love the white trim. It must feel bright and clean even on these grey days. Who did the painting OF your house? I’d love a gallery wall of paintings by different artists of my house.

  49. Alena says:

    I am not convinced the Nest would do me any good (except for a major hole in my bank account). I kept the programmable thermostat that was already in the house when I purchased it (11 years ago) and it worked OK for about 9 years. Then suddenly (on Halloween out of all days) two years ago it went on a fritz. (I think the fact it was Halloween may have been an instrumental factor). Since I knew I would be at work till past 6 pm, I had arranged with my neighbour to drop in in the afternoon to let my dog out for 5 minutes.
    Just before 4 pm, I got an email from her (the neighbour, not the dog) to tell me the house was very hot and that she will bring her husband (the best handyman with all the tools ever made) to check things out. I dropped everything and rushed home where I found the house heated to 36 degrees Celsius. (The dog seemed to be fine). The thermostat stopped working so the furnace ran probably all day non stop. I had to turn the furnace off, open all windows (it was a fairly mild rainy Halloween) and drove to the nearest hardware store to get a new thermostat.
    What I purchased was a White-Rodgers thermostat that seems to work much better in the sense that my house seems to feel warmer in winter (although the thermostat is set to 20 C as the previous one was). I keep the thermostat at 20 C all winter, day and night, because my old arthritic dog would get too cold otherwise (I, on the other hand, like to sleep in a cold bedroom so I keep the heat vent closed overnight). I don’t see a need to control things long distance.

  50. Stephanie says:

    I have this one I picked up at Home Depot and am loving it! https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.smart-wifi-colour-thermostat.1000653631.html It is fully programmable by each day and different time periods per day. You can set vacation mode, or if you forget, do it from your phone. It had better reviews than the Nest when I bought mine a few months ago. Better: It also gives you the outside temperature and humidity (something that may come in handy Karen for the chickens? I don’t know, but say, to forewarn you before you step out into the minus 30, that the chickens need extra straw, well, because it is minus 30?) I was missing a wire needed for the wi-fi, but my furnace guy used the fan wire from the furnace to take care of that issue – it just means that you can no longer put just the fan on independent from the furnace or a/c. And total décor junkie that I am: if you paint your wall whatever colour you want (black say) you can choose the same colour from the options built into the thermostat for its face!!! Love.

  51. Stephanie says:

    p.s. Love the painted trim and I say, go for the black doors. I’d love to see you go first, because I really, really want to paint all my upstairs doors black too.

  52. Stephbo says:

    Painting trim is always such a huge pain in the arse and takes three times longer than you think it will. I’m solidly in the black doors camp. I think it really makes these old houses really classy.

    • Stephbo says:

      OH!! And I really love you for showing us what your room is like mid-project. Makes me feel better about the destruction I incur whenever I’m doing a project.

  53. Alberta says:

    Looking better now. I’m excited to see your next post for the update on this project.

    • Karen says:

      Me too. Because the next update will mean I’m done, lol. I am currently doing the last coat of paint on my dining room and living in a complete disaster with furniture, paint and accessories EVERYWHERE. ~ karen!

  54. Kari says:

    I see a wood door and I want it painted black. Lol. But seriously, your wood door is so beautiful though. But I like black doors too.

  55. Kari says:

    Just so everyone knows that’s a Rolling Stones song reference. I’m not being an ahole, lol.

  56. Mark says:

    Nice job on the trim paint job. I used to be a true westerner (trim shall not be painted, ever!) but I have seen the light and much prefer caulked and painted trim.

    I don’t like having doors on the main level, except where needed (e.g. bathroom). In my current house, I removed several doors and the door jambs (replaced with drywall). That gave me an extra 3-4 inches in some tight doorways. It makes painting simpler too since there is no trim to paint there, and the whole thing looks a little cleaner and more modern.

  57. That’s a super gorgeous chandelier! And what a steal, too. It’s nice to find what we are looking for in the midst of chaos! 🙂

  58. Mona says:

    There are a lot of comments about not using black on the doors. It’s true that if you for a pure black you probably won’t like it. It does feel like the door is a black hole that you’re going to fall into.

    Having said that the secret is not to use pure black. Better designers than me (not a designer) have said the same thing. On this episode of Marilyn (http://www.marilyn.ca/HomeDecor/segments/Daily/September2016/09_22_2016/PerfectPaint) Scott McGillivery recommends Para pain colour called Tuxedo (P5249-85).

    It’s also good for a mantle and is a very nice colour.

    • Karen says:

      There are indeed a billion types of black. I have mine picked out already (Black Satin) which I mentioned in a previous post. If you look at that post you’ll see examples of black doors that look beautiful. I never thought of them as being black holes you would fall into, lol. ~ karen!

  59. Jackie H says:

    We have had a Nest for a number of years and love it. You can see both temperature and humidity in both the Nest read out and in the app. I like getting the monthly Nest reports as well that tells us how much time our furnace was used and the difference with outside temperature that might have contributed to the furnace use. We also have the Nest smoke detector and you can see both on the same Nest app. The motion light the Smoke detector has is really handy when I forget to bring up something upstairs with me before bed. I really prefer the chime warning when it detects smoke versus the normal screech of other detectors 🙂

  60. Charly says:

    So happy to have stumbled upon your blog! It’s my new favorite! You had me giggling whilst drinking my coffee and trying to get some motivation this morning. (I, too, am terribly inefficient at estimating the amount of time it is going to take me to complete a project 🙂 ). I love the white walls, white trim, and warm wood tones in this room! Beautiful!

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