Win­dows, doors and base­boards

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

As I’ve men­tioned in past ar­ti­cles, adding trim to ex­ist­ing doors, win­dows and base­boards can trans­form them from dull to dra­matic. It can be a fussy job be­cause of all of the cor­ner cuts and ex­act mea­sure­ments but if you’re good at this sort of task then it’s worth the ef­fort. Once you’ve beefed up the trim, sim­ply fill in any small gaps with paint-able wood filler and paint the en­tire sur­face in one colour to unify the look.

The fire­place in the back­ground of our photo is no slacker when it comes to ad­di­tional de­tail ei­ther. If you have a fire­place that needs a lit­tle drama, you can pur­chase ready-made man­tels that can help you cre­ate the drama you de­sire. Do some re­search on the type of ma­te­ri­als you can safely use when adding trim and dec­o­ra­tive el­e­ments to a fire­place. Safety first.

The half wall at the en­try­way in our photo also ben­e­fits from ar­chi­tec­tural touches. This fea­ture is com­mon in many homes from the 1960s and is of­ten a bone of con­tention. Of­ten there is dec­o­ra­tive glass on the top half (usu­ally in a dated gold colour) or spin­dles that are too fussy. If you can, re­move any­thing on the top por­tion of such a wall and treat the bot­tom half with a dec­o­ra­tive el­e­ment (such as wain­scot­ing) and a fresh coat of paint. Adding a dec­o­ra­tive ledge will not only add to the look but will also help cover up any un­fin­ished sur­faces left by re­mov­ing the top half treat­ment. Be­cause this is such a small area to treat, you can spend a lit­tle more for high-end de­tails and get a lot of bang for your buck.

Turn dark and gloomy into light and breezy with soft paint colours and neu­tral touches. It’s a look that is both re­lax­ing and so­phis­ti­cated.

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