Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Dining Room Facelift: Part 3 - See ya later old ugly trim!

In late January, I tried to remove the remaining trim. I quickly realized that while a hammer had been the perfect tool to get the chair rail off, it was not going to work for the baseboard and casing. I just couldn't find a way to get decent leverage so I asked a friend at work (hi Shane!) what he recommended. The answer was a prybar or two. After those arrived, Eric and I made quick work of the trim.

February was a quiet month on the home improvement front and I'm attributing that to the fact that it was cold for most of the time. There were only a measly eights days where the temperature rose above freezing. It's hard to summon the energy to work in the dining room when it's cold inside and out. I'm more inclined to want to a warm beverage and hide under some blankets reading a book. However, February did bring a useful development with it, my birthday presents:

Thanks Mom, Dad and Nate! :D
Once March blew in and I'd had time to analyze the entire dining room for a month, I realized that I didn't want to leave the casing on around the bay window. I took it down but that means all the work I did stripping the paint on the casing was for naught. Oh well. Learning experience, right?  With all the trim inside of the room gone, I started in on the walls. The prior owners used a frightful amount of nails to hang things and since I removed the chair rail I needed to even out the newly exposed wall. One container of spackle later and one 220 grit orbital sander pad later, the room was finally prepared for paint:

Next up? Painting! No promises on a time-frame of that post though. :)

Dining Room Facelift: Part 1
Dining Room Facelift: Part 2