I've gone back and forth the past few weeks, do I do it or not. I wasn't sure I wanted to undertake ANOTHER project right before the Holidays, but every time I walked into the room and saw my girls "artwork" on the walls and the scuffed up oak trim I would just cringe. It just looked DIRTY.
Finally I talked with my husband, who was totally in for it and I went for it. (his side will say that I MAY have caught him over IM while he was in the middle of a server crash at work, and used that to my advantage).
It has taken me over a week. Scuffing up the oak trim (to give it tooth), oil primer (because of the oil poly on the current trim), then paint. When we first moved into this house I LOVED all the trim work and crown molding it had, I just didn't care for the color of the stain. It was this orangey oak. If it was darker it would have been fine, but I just didn't like the color. I prefer white trim. I love the contrast of white trim on a colored wall, it just looks bright and clean and crisp. Also with kids CONSTANTLY scuffing it up, I can just keep a can of trim paint on hand and touch up when needed.
After we moved in, I looked at my husband and said "I want to switch all the trim in the house to white."
He looked at me like I was nuts. He said kindly "That is a LOT of work."
I said "It won't be THAT bad."
Famous last words of a fool.
I have like THOUSANDS of feet of dark trim in this house. It's going to take me forever.
It's totally worth it in the long run though. I LOVE the white trim, even though my arms are STILL aching from working on that crown molding.
Anyhow, the dining room is done, and hopefully after the Holidays we will move to the living room, do the built in/mantel on the fireplace and get that room next!
Here are the before and afters! Enjoy!
|This was our OLD dining table, about three years ago (its the best before shot I have).|
|Here is our new table, but we hadn't got the chairs yet. Still a pretty old photo.|
|Here is a more current photo of the room, after the furniture is moved out.|
|This is at night, before I added my chairs back to the room. We decided to leave the blinds off the windows, it looks so much better that way!|
|My thanksgiving decor on the table! Repainted the mirror white. I'm glad I finally found a spot for the white shelves I had!|
|My homemade napkin rings (made from toilet paper rolls) and placards|
|My 90% off decor from Hobby Lobby and dollar store candle holders! Waiting till the last minute pays off.|
I love it so much I'm submitting it to a few blogs to try and get featured, right now I have about UM, 5 readers that actually read my blog (I kid, I kid....) but seriously I'd love to get some traffic to my site.
I'm hoping to get featured in Beneath My Heart "best DIY Projects of November". I LOVE this gal. Every morning when I open up my Google reader I'm anxious to see what she has posted, and you guys have GOT to read her whole kitchen renovation story! It's great! I can SO relate!
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