Starting projects…totally my jam…finishing projects…not so much. Please tell me I’m not the only one who is a stellar project starter but then lets them kind of fizzle?! Anywho, I needed to take some “workshop” photos for our shop listing on Scout Mob and our Etsy office space was kind of looking like this:
I can’t take pics of that? I might as well slap a sticker on my forehead that says “disheveled mess” while sporting my paint clothes and take a pic of that instead. Same point. I can’t say I was proud of the space but at least it was an effective space. So much work gets done in here…it just doesn’t look so pretty. Hence the reason for the tractor seat stool painting
and the DIY cage light
. But one of those half finished projects that I was alluding to was the bead board and the beams. I kind of
left off half way when it came to staining the beams. I told myself it was because I couldn’t decide if I liked the stained beams or if I wanted to paint them white. But in reality…I just didn’t want to stain them anymore. #lazydiyer So I bucked up, put on the big girl pants and finished staining the beams
One of my favorite tricks of staining is filling all the nail holes with colored putty after staining but before polying. For most projects, this means you can pre-stain the wood, install it, then fill in the nail holes. The colored putty just melts right into your staining project and masks those nail holes like a champ.
So with the beams finally, FINALLY stained and polyed there was one last step to finally, FINALLY finishing the bead board ceiling in the Etsy work space. Trim. At the top and bottom of each of the bead board panels, there was a slight gap. And since we have the world’s most un-square and un-level house (seriously…we’ve won awards and everything) some of the gaps are pretty big and some of them aren’t. Trim pieces really help hide these crazy gap-ages, much better than caulk every could.
Note the “BTTSS” aka “Before Turquoise Tractor Seat Stool”. It’s so much better in turquoise, right?! So to hide the crazy gap-ages and attempt to make the bead board panels look straight, we used a few pieces of scrap pine as trim. These are ironically scrap wood from iPad stand building…totally fitting for the Etsy work space. It’s essentially pine boards ripped down to a super thin thickness and then cut down to the distance between beams…all of which were different.
Installation was a snap and included applying a thin bead of glue to the back of each trim piece:
And nailing them into place, making sure the trim piece covers the gap and is level. I use the term “level” very loosely. In our old home, we tend to eyeball levelness. If we were to actually install these trim pieces all level like they wouldn’t look level. Faking levelness is totally an art…one we’re getting a ton of experience with. Just call us the Van Gogh of fake leveling.
We installed all six of the trim pieces before we realized it would have been easier to prime and paint them before hand. Oops.
Next up a quick prime and paint session, using the same Valspar paint color, Betsy’s Linen in a gloss (it’s our go-to trim paint color in our home). And scene.
Obligatory closeup coming. Each trim piece is butted right up to the beams and covers any gaps between the wall/ceiling and the bead board.
This project doesn’t rank terribly high on the exciting list (I feel the compulsive urge to whip out a magic trick to liven things up a bit…if only I knew a magic trick…). It’s somewhere around the plumbing and vacuuming level. You know…the stuff that you kind of have
to do. It’s not terribly glamorous, but it does make a difference.
The room is much more polished and finished like after adding the trim pieces. It’s a subtle difference, but a difference nonetheless.
Still with me? Have I bored you to tears yet? So for our next project we’ll be learning flame throwing and sword swallowing….I kid.
Pssst…In another random exciting news, our Christmas tree is totally going up this weekend! Hootie hoo! Honestly, this is the earliest I’ve ever put up our tree (I’m usually a wait until after Thanksgiving is over kind of girl), but I just can’t help it. I’m itching to start decorating for Christmas! Anyone else have their tree up already? Or have been bitten by the Christmas bug?!