|Project by Mark||posted 01-08-2012 08:10 AM||9780 views||5 times favorited||35 comments|
One of the things I think really makes a home look beautiful is trim work.
It’s all about personal taste, of course – but I find the classic looks (rosettes, fluted casings, shadow boxes) always seem to carry a certain elegance, and when you have kids running around the house you absolutely have to temper this with low-maintenance design considerations as well.
Attached are a few shots of some trim work I did a few months back – I wanted to dress-up the downstairs and stairway. This project took a few weeks, but realistically the time required was about 5-7 hours each weekend for about a month. I went with white shadow boxes all sealed with 3 coats of high-quality semi-gloss paint. The single color and high gloss finish assure ease of maintenance. There are additional construction photos and a detailed description of how I did this on my web site as well at the link just below, if this is something you may be considering…
Even though it was somewhat tedious to accomplish, this was a very gratifying project to conquer.
Some folks are true artists when it comes to decorative trim work. This is one of those areas where you’re truly limited only by imagination and creativity. Even the color schemes can be amazingly elaborate. As for me, I can be quite precise – but I don’t really think I’m in any way artistic. Yet every time I’ve had someone scuff this, I do find great satisfaction in getting out that white semi-gloss and touching it up in about 2 minutes. I love the way this has added to my home’s character, and I love the ease-of-maintenance!
-- Mark, Jersey Shore, http://www.all-about-the-house.com