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Molding, Blinds, and Birds

This weekend we got the majority of our cabinet molding trim installed, and it looks really nice. All that’s left is to fill nail holes and give it one more coat,¬† but I can still show pictures today.

The cabinets were a little plain to begin with, and trim has the ability to really dress things up and make them look professionally done. We choose just to do top trim to maintain good clearance under our cabinets, although there is also trim that you can put on the bottoms of the cabinets as well. This is how they started:


We picked out small crown molding trim and did a quick coat of paint before mounting.


We used a series of boards behind each piece of trim to tack the trim to, and then attached the boards to the cabinets – there wasn’t quite enough room above the cabinet doors to tack the crown molding straight into the cabinet, unfortunately.

Nik learned how to cut crown molding on the miter saw…and after thinking about it, he realized they’re really just 45 degree cuts, but you have to hold the trim in a certain way when you make the cut. We also realized that when you make these types of miter cuts, you inevitably lose a few inches on each cut that we didn’t account for, which sent Nik back to Lowe’s on Sunday to buy another 8′ of the trim to finish the job. Then it was time for the nail gun:


And here is the (almost) finished job, before:


And after:



$18 of trim makes a big difference!

I also spent a lot of time this weekend painting the guest room upstairs – walls and floor trim. We had extra paint from a bedroom we painted when we moved into the house, and it was high time to use that paint up before it got too old. We’re also replacing the ceiling fan in that room to something that isn’t from 1999, but without daylight to work on it until next weekend that project will be on hold.

On Saturday we started installing new wider-slat blinds since our old metal ones are dated, some are missing slats, and many of them have broken mechanisms so they don’t actually open or stay up. After a long argument with Home Depot about a store credit we had, and them not allowing us to spend it on the blind sizes we needed online even though it says we can use the store credit at their online store, etc., we only ended up buying 3 blinds so far that happened to be in sizes we needed that were in stock at the store. Hopefully we can get the rest purchased or ordered this week, but we like how the first few look mounted. To give every window in the house these new blinds (these are the least expensive faux-wood option the store carries), the cost¬† is about $430. For the upgraded feel they give every room I think the investment is totally worth it.

Before and after:

On another note, Nik got me some binoculars and a bird book for Christmas to watch the many birds that visit our backyard feeder. We’ve seen juncos (these look just like Angry Birds), flickers, a variety of woodpeckers, chickadees of course, bluebirds, cardinals, robins, and a bunch more. Here’s some of our visitors to leave you with: