House For Six

Trim Upgrade For The Bar Wall

Deme Crinion5 Comments
After a few days of nothing but painting, trimming, caulking, and more painting...yesterday, I plopped my butt on the couch and didn't move.  We've made a lot of progress in our kitchen/family room, but the mess that seems to explode when we move things around to knock out a project is making it feel like we still have miles to go.

I'm ready to finish up the last of the painting tonight, but not before a little show & tell of our improved bar area.

You may have noticed two areas that were still green in our freshly painted room post.  One is the half wall in our school zone that's getting a coat of chalkboard paint, and the other is this area under the kitchen island/bar.
Trim Upgrade For The Bar

In my grand scheme of kitchen fabulocity, this island area (bar and cabinetry on the other side) go a darker/saturated color, and all the other cabinets along the back wall go white.

It will be a long time before we're able to do a full kitchen redo (if ever), so we attempted to make the most of what we have.....starting by making this flat wall under the bar look a little more built in.

Simple trim pieces to the rescue! 

This area can seat three people comfortably, so I wanted to create three "panels".  We started with a long piece of trim along the bottom and another on the top.
Trim Upgrade For The Bar

Trim Upgrade For The Bar

Then we slapped up four evenly spaced vertical trim pieces to create those "panels".  We could have just butted up the vertical pieces to the existing base board but the trim was slightly thicker than the narrowed top edge of the baseboard.  The horizontal trim on the top and bottom keep everything mostly flat and flushed.
Trim Upgrade For The Bar

Then there was the issue of the sides.  It looked a little bare and incomplete to leave them blank, so we extended the horizontal trim along the top and bottom of all sides of the wall.
Trim Upgrade For The Bar

We placed the trim on the wall opposite of the bar first.  Then cut/measured a piece of trim for the side long enough to cover both the wall and the exposed side pieces of trim (hope that makes sense).
Trim Upgrade For The Bar

We caulked all the seams, filled all the holes, then gave it a coat of paint/primer combo called Sable Evening in a semi-gloss finish.  It's a dark grey with some warm brown undertones.  So....like mud.  But pretty mud.  
Trim Upgrade For The Bar
This is the first coat (still wet) but it's already making a huge difference.  We also hung the curtain rods and clipped up the fabric panels for some privacy in the breakfast nook.  But I still need to hem them.   Almost there!

Now seriously. The addition of a little trim can completely transform a space, and the best part - it's usually cheap.  I spent $28 on four 8ft pieces of pine trim and with a fresh coat of paint this area just stepped up it's game.  I can't wait to see it after the second coat!

And knowing me I will want to go ahead and paint out the cabinets on the other side of the island too.  And once that's done, I might as well just bust out the white paint  for the other cabinets.  Because when you give a mouse a cookie.....


Thanks so much for reading! We would love to hang out!
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