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November 20, 2013

Let's Talk Trim

One day, when we re-do the floors (whether it's some or all), I'm going to replace our trim with something thick and substantial, but with a clean and simple profile.  I've started noticing trim in every picture I see.

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If the trim we currently have hadn't been skinny, dated oak that matched our floors in no way whatsoever, I might have kept it as-is because wood trim can look lovely, especially against white walls:

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For now, painting out the trim was an inexpensive, if somewhat labour-intensive, option to modernize the lakehouse.  Soon I'll post a full how-to, but for now I wanted to talk about why I left the wood on the window frames that open, even if I painted the fixed windows and all casings white.


For reference, here's a glimpse of these three spaces (living room, master bedroom, and bathroom) before:


At first I thought I might want to stain or paint the window frames black, while painting the trim white, but I quickly decided against it because it would break up the views too much.

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Even though I decided early-on to go all-white, by the time I got to the lakehouse to work it was too cold!!  I barely had time to get paint on the door, and I needed a space heater to ensure the paint cured.  I decided to just tape off the areas of the windows that I couldn't paint without removing hardware and opening them, and resolved to tackle them next spring when it's warm enough.  For now, the bulk of the woody-goodness has been axed, and I'm thinking a little strip of wood isn't a crime, even in a space I'm trying to modernize.

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  1. It's beautiful! I love that you've left the little strip of wood. I think it provides contrast in a nice way and that type of wood always looks so good against white. I would keep it!

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  2. I get that. I like that you left it as is and your inspiration photos are great examples of how it totally works!

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    1. Sometimes these decisions make themselves (at least for now).

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  3. i actually like the hint of wood. It is unexpected, but i think you could work with it even if you chose to keep it!

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    1. I definitely have a loooong winter to think it over!

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  4. I think that any decision about the windows has great applications in the end. You did such a good job on modernizing the space!

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  5. I'm with the others- the bit of wood works. And it's never a bad idea to live with something for awhile first. I have to say those befores are amazing- perfect to line them up together. I was already forgetting what you started with. Makes the afters even more impressive.
    So excited for you. It must be making you crazy waiting to move in.

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    1. I AM going crazy waiting to move in. We've stopped working on it, but hope to resume soon. I promise to share every detail about the delay but right now I need to keep my lips sealed :(

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  6. Great job! Looks fantastic, it all works so well

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  7. I echo the other comments. I like the little peek of wood. It adds a bit of warmth!

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    1. Hmmmm, I might just have to consider keeping it! I'll definitely look at it with fresh eyes.

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