Trimming and Caulking and Painting, Oh My!

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The bathroom is finally wrapping up, and you'll notice in this post that it's actually starting to look somewhat finished. 

After we finished putting up the beadboard, the next step was to put some trim up. We considered adding the old trim back in (which you can see in the image above), but ultimately we decided it would be too conspicuous. We didn't want to break up what would otherwise be a completely white wall.

We found some trim at Lowes that was real wood and already had a notch in it so that it would be flush against the wall and the beadboard. 

First, we measured it and cut each piece to size.

Next, we painted it with two coats of the same color as the walls (satin snow). I didn't prime it because at this point, I just wanted it to be finished and I was pretty sure that since it was untreated, raw wood, it would easily soak up the color.

Then, we brought it into the bathroom and put it in place. Because it was a tight fit and it has a ledge cut into it, it simply sat on top of the beadboard and would hold itself in place.

For the first few days, it wasn't even nailed in, because we were waiting to borrow our neighbor's nail gun. You might notice that, behind the toilet, there is a bit of a shadow under the trim. That's because the wall is curved out behind the toilet, and since the trim wasn't nailed in, it actually  left the wall there for a bit.

Once we nailed it in, we pushed it into place so that it was attached tot he wall all the way around. Since we needed to bend it a bit behind the toilet, we used thicker nails. This left us with somewhat large holes in the trim.

I used leftover caulk to fill the holes. One at a time, I would squeeze the caulk onto my finger and putty up the hole, making sure to fill it. Then, I used a wet rag to gently go over the hole and clean up and remove any excess caulk.

As you can see in the image above, it looks pretty good, but you can still see the holes a little bit.

Once the caulk had dried, I touched it up with paint. This helped disguise where the holes were. Also,  caulk tends to attract dirt, and I didn't want to end up with some dark spots where the caulk was. So, painting helped to solve that problem.

I used pretty much the same process on the corners, using caulk to fill the gaps where there was some darkness visible between pieces of trim.

It is by no means perfect, but for someone who is not a professional and has never really done a home renovation before, I am pretty satisfied with it.

I got a little caulk-crazy and also used it to fill a hole underneath one of the electricity plates. We had cut the hole in the bead board just a little bit too low, so there was a dark area underneath the plate where you could see through to the wall. I filled it in with caulk and then used a flat head screw driver to make lines in it so that it matched the beadboard. Then, I painted it just like the other areas. 

Yet again, it is not perfect, but it is pretty darn close, considering the circumstances.

Lastly, I also caulked where the beadboard met the door trim. Before caulking, this was a dark spot because there was a little crevice there. Now, it's smooth and white.

And that, my friends, is how you trim and caulk beadboard. Up next is some marbley countertop beauty...

  • Have you ever done trim? Did you find it difficult to cut or easy?
  • What about caulking? I had an easier time since everything was white, but if I were trying to caulk something that was not white on the background, I think it would have been awful!

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