Painting trim is something I’ve built up to be the WORST EVER JOB IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. I have painted a lot of trim in my day (like, every single piece of trim in two houses), so I have decided I’m an expert.
There’s just so much of it. And it’s all detail work. And I have to pay attention more than usual since I refuse to tape surfaces.
But there’s also something strangely soothing about it.
I dreaded painting all this silly trim in the barn. DREAD-ED. I thought maybe if I put it off long enough, it would paint itself. (It didn’t.) Or maybe my husband would forget the deal we made about me painting and him doing EVERYTHING ELSE. (He didn’t.)
But last Sunday, I realized I was holding up the progress and I put my big girl pants on and got painting. Spoiler: It turned out awesome.
After lugging the paint and supplies upstairs to the barn apartment, opening and stirring … it took about two brush strokes to remember that painting is sort of rad and I actually like it.
I think it’s because white trim is my favorite. Going from raw wood to fresh white trim is such a great transformation. Plus the repetition of painting trim can be pretty relaxing.
It could have also been the Top 40 radio I was shamelessly listening to. Because I’m so fancy. You should see my moves, people.
Anyhoo, all that to say that the painting actually calms me a little. And the space is really taking shape.
Forgive our dirty floors. Or don’t. I don’t actually care. Because I’m so fancy, people. Let’s get drunk on the mini bar.
Both pocket doors are getting stripped and painted next, along with the kitchen cabinets. I’m waffling between painting the doors the same dark gray as the cabinets, a bright barn red or black. Thoughts?
And the pièce de résistance – the built-in cabinetry. This gives us so much extra space, I can hardly stand it. That unused eave space has never been so useful.
After asking what you thoughts (thanks for all the opinions), I decided to go with the wall color (Behr elephant skin). I’d like to say there was a really great reason for it. But, it was mostly laziness.
Trimming out parts of it in white would have been a lot more work. Also, because it’s a 100-year-old barn and wasn’t originally built to house an apartment, the walls aren’t perfectly straight or level. Using the same color helps to hide any issues that Ryan couldn’t hide when installing trim.
And did you notice the extra deep windowsills? There’s just something that makes me happy about a place to throw random items that I don’t have another place for. I mean, there’s just something nice about a clean windowsill.
And I think Henry’s room is pretty much ready for carpeting now. We didn’t have quite enough wood flooring to extend in here, but carpeting is probably more practical anyhow. It’s just so tiny and cute – just like Henry.
The simple act of spending a day painting trim makes the apartment feel so much more finished. Worth all the work!
Next up …
- Adding quarter round to the base trim
- Installing carpeting
- Painting kitchen cabinets and pocket doors
We’re also (im)patiently waiting the septic system installation so we can finish all the plumbing. Much of our next steps are at a holding place until we have the septic installed. (Kitchen and bathroom drains need to be working, which prevents us from finishing these areas or enclosing the walls downstairs. It also prevents us from finishing the heating/electrical and a host of other small things.)