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Finishing Off the Living Room Floor and Window Trim Painting

Our living room has been a labor of love since we moved in - from painting just the crown molding in our first pass through the house to the quick and easy fireplace fix using stick-on tiles to when we created the illusion of built-ins with floating shelves and TV cabinets.


For a quick trip down memory lane, let's all enjoy this reminder of what this room looked like when we moved in!

living room with stained trim
Always so shocking to look back at this photo!

We originally just painted the crown molding in here but left the floor boards to save some money since we hired the project out. I figured the impact and ROI on the crown and walls alone would do enough to hold me over for a while, and it did.

Living room with walls and crown molding painted white
Phase 1: Walls and Crown Molding

I knew the windows would be a big job and the floorboards were something I could live with for a bit.

living room with painted fireplace
Phase 2: Fireplace Quick Update and Decor

Painting the Floor and Window Trim White

We decided to tie up loose ends and paint the rest of the remaining main floor and window trim and it's been really refreshing! Using the same trim paint as the rest of the house, our painter came in and did his thing - he's so good and quick! We moved everything to the middle and he did the rest.

living room painting trim and window molding white

A side benefit of painting this often is the fact it forces you to DUST and VACUUM behind stuff.

living room painting trim and window molding white

The first day, he tapes, sands and primes using the same oil-based primer we used the first time. It's stinky but does a good job blocking the stain color from coming through. Then he sprays the trim with a sprayer which makes for a cloudy mess everywhere but makes the project so quick and the paint finish so even!

living room painting trim and window molding white

living room painting trim and window molding white

living room painting trim and window molding white

Since two of the four windows are crank outs, we decided that he'd paint the interior part of the windows but not the part that cranks out just to not risk them becoming painted shut. If it drives me nuts, I'll tackle those from the outside sometime when the weather is warm and I can have the windows open all day to dry.

living room painting trim and window molding white

Finished Living Room Painted Trim

With everything freshly dusted and wiped down, our living room trim painting is done! Amazing how much bigger (again) this room looks without the stained oak trim, especially around the window.

living room painting trim and window molding white

living room painting trim and window molding white

living room painting trim and window molding white

living room painting trim and window molding white

 

Need a Fix Up? Here's what we used:

Tools for the Job if You're Doing it Yourself:

Shop-able Furniture and Decor:

Swing back to this earlier blog post for links -

https://www.foreverhomefix.com/post/floating-shelves-as-built-ins




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Follow along with us each week as we work to make the very 2000s home we bought during the middle of a pandemic more “us.” We’ll share everything from quick fixes to more permanent changes, along with projects you can do in your own home. Zach will also share all his lawn and garden advice as he starts over on the yard.

 

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