5 Day Fix: Adding Floor Trim to the Guest Room

Last night, Nathan put up the floor trim in the guest room.  The bedroom is average size, maybe 12×14, and this project took about two hours.  Nathan cut the boards in the garage, carried them upstairs, and used a nail gun to secure them to the wall.  I know I’ve said it before, but I’m so amazed how much difference 4″ floor trim makes!  Since it’s not much more expensive than 2″ floor trim and it’s not any more time consuming to put up, this is a great way to get a lot of bang for your decorative buck!

Adding 4 inch white floor trim

After all the trim was up, Nathan went back over the boards and puttied the seams and nails with drywall mud.  You could use wood putty for this job, but he finds it easier and just as effective to use drywall mud.  Tonight when it’s dry, we’ll give it a quick sanding and wipe-down before we paint it.

4 inch floor trim

The last step was to caulk the top of the boards with a thin line of paintable white caulking.  The caulking fills in any gaps where the board and wall don’t meet perfectly, and gives the job a really finished, professional look.  In this picture, Nathan’s running his finger through the wet caulking to smooth it out.

Caulking 4 inch white floor trim

Well, we’re in the home stretch now!  Our friends are flying in from LA at 3 am.  We’ll both be done working at 6, so that means we have all evening to pull this room together.  It certainly won’t be completely decorated, but it will be completely functional.

Here’s our game plan for the night:

-Sand and wipe down floor trim

-Paint floor, door and window trim

-Use a razor blade to remove paint from window panes

-Hang ceiling fan

-Clean room

-Set up bed frames, box springs and mattresses

-Move dresser to the room

-Wash new bedding and put it on the beds


5-Day-Fix: The Guest Room

We have three friends coming from L.A. this weekend, and since we’ve been busy working on Hudson’s bedroom (reveal coming soon!), the guest room has been neglected.  INSERT PANIC HERE!  Starting on Monday, we’ve been working furiously to get this room ready for company.

The guest room was originally Hudson’s.  We chose it because it was the bigger of the bedrooms upstairs, other than our own.  When I started teaching from home, we quickly realized that we had made a huge mistake!  Hudson’s crib was right above the piano.  Since I give lessons for hours after Hudson’s bedtime, this made for some patience-testing evenings for Nathan as he tried to help Hudson stay asleep.  Even with the white noise machine, the piano was really loud.  The good news was that we hadn’t done anything to make the room into a nursery.  This is what it looked like on Monday morning after we moved Hudson’s furniture out.


Beautiful 70’s green EVERYTHING- walls, trim and windows!


Here is the room with the base board removed, and two coats of Glidden Toasted White paint.  It looks all purply because of the green window trim.  (At least that’s what I’m hoping!)  It’s amazing how much the contrast of colors can pull out different undertones in the paint.  It’s such a scary feeling when you get done painting and look back at the room, only to think, “It looks….purple!”  


In this picture, Nathan is switching out the old brownish outlet for a fresh, white one.

We also ran new wiring as some of the wiring in the house is still the old kind, without the ground wire.  Last night, Nathan was up in the attic shoving the wire down between the studs.  I was in the bedroom trying to grab the wire with an old hanger that I bent to form a long hook.  I’m sure the professionals must have better tools than us, because that was a frustrating endeavor!  The wire just seems to have a mind of its own, bending and getting stuck on the way down.


I was concerned that one coat of paint wouldn’t do the trick in this closet.  It was so scratched!  What even does that to walls??  So, we used a paint/primer mix, and sure enough, it looks great after one coat!


Left side= normal white.  Right side= 70’s white.  Everything was weird in the 70’s!


The closet is finished, and we moved some stuff into it.


Next up: new, textured white doors, and bronze knobs!