Thursday, November 19, 2015

How to Cope Trim Tutorial

Have you ever coped trim?  Some of the trim in my new workshop needed to be cut to length due to my rearranging of some of the walls.  In the corners trim should be coped and not just cut at 45 degrees.

One side of your baseboard trim is cut straight, as I did here on the right side, going into the corner:

The left piece needs to be cut at a 45 degree angle with a mitre saw or a handsaw in a mitre box... I'm not sure how to explain this, but the trim edge that is cut leaves the bare unpainted mdf showing and is cut longer at the back:

Here is what the left piece looks like after being cut:

As you can see, the baseboard trim on the left will not fit against the right piece:

The next step is to cope the trim, which means to cut away the back edge, but not into the front.

I use a utility knife because this is mdf and not real wood.  If you have solid wood, you need to use a small coping saw and it's a bit trickier to cut, but still doable.  With the mdf you can chip away at it.

The object is to take away all the side edging (that isn't painted) so in effect you are taking away the back part of the trim and leaving the shaped front intact.

When you lay it flat you will see what still has to come off of the side and back edge:

This is what it will look like when the coping is finished and the piece is laying flat.  You will not see any of the bare edges:

As you slide it into place:

It will fit without any gaps:

I hope this helps some of you that may have thought that coping was too hard to do... you CAN do it!

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Painting Trim and a Man on a Truck

I've been painting trim, miles and miles of trim.  Some of it still at the bottom of the walls, some of it around windows and doors and some in pieces. I'm using semi-gloss in Benjamin Moore's Simply White (the 2016 "colour" of the year):

On Friday I went outside my back door to do something and saw this truck at the business being renovated nearby.  Between that auto parts business and mine is a garden.

That's my husband on top of the truck.  There is a little seat up there where he operates the crane that takes supplies off the delivery truck that he drives.  Kind of fun to see that! Here's a closeup:

Small town, eh?

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Second Coat of Paint

I have finished painting the walls in my workshop.  I hope you can see from the photos that it is not white, but very light blue-green.

My husband and a neighbour brought my table saw in from the storage unit.  I cheered as it arrived!

I do need to paint the trim still...

Monday, November 9, 2015

Painting the Workshop Walls

I picked a colour for the walls in my workshop.  It is Benjamin Moore Sea Foam and is a very, very light turquoise.

 In fact it is almost white, it's so light, but that's what I wanted, something to just stand out a little bit over my Simply White trim (that is not painted yet).

I really don't think this photo shows the colour at all, it looks white on my monitor!  This is the first coat (on the right) over a white primer that is over a grey/brown wall that was here when I bought the place.

Tomorrow I'll do the second coat and then get started on the trim.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Painted Washroom

I just got back from painting the washroom in my workshop.  It's so nice to see this room all freshened up.  I had some blue paint leftover from the master bedroom at my last house, so I thought I would use up some of that.  I also thought it might give me a clue as to what colour to paint the main workshop area.




Now I love blue, and this looks quite light in the photo, but it's a bit darker than that in person, and too blue for my workshop.  (It looks more like a baby boy bedroom colour to me.)

So... I will find something lighter for my workshop walls, I am currently thinking a very very light turquoise.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

My walls are all taped and mudded, although I still have some spots in the ceiling to fill in.  I am leaving those for now because first I have to get the metal ductwork put in position beside the chimney.  Then I can fill in the ceiling around the pieces.  (Well that is my excuse, really I am fed up with drywall)

There is a stud on the far wall in the workshop that remains and so I put dywall mud right up to it on each side.  I'm not sure if that is a good idea or not, the mud may crack being beside the wood stud.  We'll see...

I now have a coat of primer on all the workshop walls and I still have my plumbing there that needs to be removed.

 The small washroom is being painted with a primer in this photo, once that is dry I will most likely paint it with some light blue leftover paint.

I am still not sure what colour to paint the workshop?  I was thinking of white, but with the white ceiling, white doors and white trim on the windows (now that the white primer is on) it is just too much white for me.  I will decide after I see the bathroom in the light blue.  I will do a light shade, but either blue, turquoise or ??

Saturday, October 31, 2015


Twenty-two years ago this is where I was:

Yes, I had a baby girl on Hallowe'en morning, 1993.

This year I was sanding drywall.  This drywall has done me in.  I am finally finished and got one coat of primer on the walls I added to the workshop. What a fussy, time-consuming job. I suppose it turned out okay, but don't ask me to drywall your house. As my late father-in-law would say "it's good from far but far from good."

I'd rather have a baby!