I can literally remember the conversation I had with my builder about the shoe molding selection in my home. He asked if we wanted white or wood stain to match the floors or the trim. I had no clue. At 23, this was one of the things that I hadn’t really thought out or payed attention to. I already knew that I wasn’t getting the tall Craftsman stye base moldings I wanted since we were on a pretty tight budget and at the time it was one of the things that made it to the bottom of the “important list”. My response to him (who was a builder for very high end homes…even though ours was not one of those) was whichever is normally done. So, the trim matched the floors. Sigh. And since then, I have regretted the decision and secretly wished I had sold off one of my kidneys to afford the shoe and base mold I really wanted 13 years ago. I literally sit and stare at the trim, secretly willing it to grow and beef up to a hearty Craftsman style I dream of being inside my home.
This is one of those little things that literally irks me on the daily. Before any of you get all “Dude…you need to chillax, and stop stressing all the little stuff…”. I am a visual person. I see everything, all the little details, dirt, unbalance, asymmetry, etc. I cannot NOT see it. And when it is wrong (in my book) it bugs me. So on my mission to de-stress my life and make my home the way I want it to be…I start checking off all those little irks. Instead of a twinge of annoyance, I get a secret little smile inside instead. Baby steps.
Next kick in the gut. Why the *beep* didn’t I paint them sooner? While painting the Foyer and Dining room the other day, on a whim, I sucked up my fear of painting all the shoe molding and just did it. 1) it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. 2) It made my trim look a TON better. Not perfect…I still want that beefy 4-6 inch craftsman trim, but it is WAY better.
See the difference? It makes it look taller, and the nice clean line to the floor makes it look more current and fresh. Still kicking myself for waiting 13 freakin’ years to do this. I am not sure if I can (or if my husband will even let me) tear out the shoe base mold and add in the dreamy tall trim… that would be pretty costly and definitely at the bottom of the home reno list of things that need to be done. If the $$ allows, that is what I will do. But if not, below are a couple of ideas of how to beef up my existing trim that I am considering.
How to Paint Shoe Molding next to wood floors
I really don’t know why I was so nervous about this. Normally I am pretty fearless with a can of paint and a paint brush. Maybe because I knew it would be impossible to go back to the stain if I hated it. And I thought trying to cut in next to the wood floors would be quite a challenge. I won’t lie, I tried free handing it to start by using a long straight painters edge. It didn’t work. I hate taping and free hand all of my cutting in normally. But in order to get a nice clean line and it not take me a million years, I broke out the tape. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought.
1| Painters Tape
2| Angled Brush. My go to brush and the one I would marry if I could marry one is the Wooster Shortcut. I really should by stock in these things…I have bought so many.
4| Trim Paint of choice. I use Benjamin Moore Semi Gloss in White Dove
1| Dust and clean trim and floors next to trim (so the tape and paint will stick)
3| Paint primer all along the trim
4| Let Dry and then paint with the Semi Gloss
5| While the semi gloss is wet, carefully pull up the tape and discard
6| Once the paint is dry, I took a small putty knife and scraped any rough paint edges right up for a nice clean finish.
Do you have any small detail projects that made a big difference, or just made you happy each time you walked by?