An Update on the Kitchen Trim

The baseboards are finished. The doorways are 85% there. I still have to prime and paint two windows and five doors. And maybe paint the walls too, though I’m liking the yellow more against the white than I did before.

So yes, progress has been made, albeit very slowly. My model below is the reason…


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  • Paula
    January 19, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    I spent the entire weekend staying up at night reading your wonderful blog…It’s truly an inspiration!!..Your skills are awesome!!…Although I’m in an apt with my three lovelies I have the tendency to get bored of where I’m at but I’ve decided to do some DIY projects this year and after reading your blog, I’m hoping I can “Make it Lovely” so that when I do get a house I’ll eventually be an expert like you!

    P.S. Ms. Eleanor is a beauty!

  • Laura Durrer
    January 20, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Love the yellow. That can be a hard color to get right. And your photograph here is striking. The contrast really draws my attention to your perfect little model.

  • Lindsay @ Likely Design
    January 20, 2010 at 1:10 am

    Sometimes you just gotta get a sitter to be productive…I feel ya’!

    And the older they get, you’d think that it would be easier, but it doesn’t!

  • Sarah
    January 20, 2010 at 1:12 am

    I love your daughter’s face, she manages to get such an intense, serious look for someone so tiny! Like she really has a lot of thoughts going on in that adorable little head of hers. It’s wonderful to see her grow through your blog and photos, thank you so much for sharing with us all!

  • Maddie
    January 20, 2010 at 2:42 am

    I adore that photo!!!

  • Audrie
    January 20, 2010 at 2:55 am

    That little face is perfection.

  • Rossana
    January 20, 2010 at 3:53 am


  • Kylie @ All Things Lovely
    January 20, 2010 at 5:26 am

    Loving what I can see of the new trim. I really love white trim, I have it everywhere in my house. I always think it’s so crisp and beautiful. Can’t wait to see it finished. :-)

  • Danielle
    January 20, 2010 at 5:47 am

    I like the yellow also with the new trim!

  • Helen
    January 20, 2010 at 7:46 am

    The baseboards look wonderful! I’ve been having trouble with mine. I sanded them a bit, then added a coat of oil-based white paint. Unfortunately, something is happening and I’m getting unevenness and some minor bubbles here and there.

    Did you use water-based paint or oil-based? How many coats?

    • Making it Lovely
      January 20, 2010 at 11:45 am

      I used latex. One coat of primer, two coats of paint.

  • Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife
    January 20, 2010 at 7:53 am

    I can relate to the slow nature of things…I have a six-month-old, and I feel he causes me to have to at least triple the amount of time it takes to complete a project.

    But, the important thing are getting things done! Woohoo!

    I love your baseboard choice. Looks beautiful!

  • Melissa
    January 20, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Can’t wait to see the big reveal. The yellow looks great in his photo but I loved the minty color you were planning to use. Eleanor is too precious!

  • tiny twig
    January 20, 2010 at 8:22 am

    well, she’s a cute model anyway. :) soooo, sweet.

  • catherine
    January 20, 2010 at 8:34 am

    she’s print worthy! baby gap should snatch her right up ;) Can’t wait to see the end results.

  • Cristina
    January 20, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Awww look at her! SO CUTE! <3

  • Céline
    January 20, 2010 at 8:40 am

    She is so cute! Look at her face: c’est un petit ange !!

  • Samae
    January 20, 2010 at 8:43 am

    OMG. That is the cutest picture. Now I want one of these little babies even more. And that super cute striped outfit. Too cute.

  • suzanne
    January 20, 2010 at 8:53 am

    good reason. and good for you for plugging on anyway!

  • RisaJ
    January 20, 2010 at 9:11 am

    you are doing a great job on the base boards. what paint are you using?

    • Making it Lovely
      January 20, 2010 at 11:46 am

      Behr Swiss Coffee, Semi-gloss enamel.

  • In Honor Of Design
    January 20, 2010 at 9:33 am

    she is soooo sooo cute! and I love her stripes!

  • Bailey@peppermintbliss
    January 20, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Work it girl! I have seriously never seen a bebe vogue for the camera like your little love.

  • lana
    January 20, 2010 at 10:42 am

    What a clean beautiful combo! Not to mention child :)


  • Mrs Soup
    January 20, 2010 at 10:50 am

    It’ll get done eventually! Your little model is worth it.

  • Melissa Sonnek
    January 20, 2010 at 11:43 am

    The baseboards look great! What kind of paint are you using? How many coats of primer and paint did it take to cover the wood? I’m gearing up to do the same in our house, so it’s always nice to hear what works for people.

    You’re daughter is so adorable, I wish I was that flexible!

    • Making it Lovely
      January 20, 2010 at 11:48 am

      I just answered this above as you were leaving your comment. One coat of primer (I used Zinsser) and two coats of paint (Behr Swiss Coffee semi-gloss).

  • jane
    January 20, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Wow, nice job on the trim! Did it take a lot of sanding? And, you’re right, the yellow looks like a different yellow now, very fresh. That your little model is adorable goes without saying…

    • Making it Lovely
      January 20, 2010 at 11:51 am

      I didn’t sand at all. We washed the baseboards and then used a good primer that adheres to glossy surfaces.

  • Melissa Sonnek
    January 20, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Just realized you answered my question above! Your responses weren’t showing up earlier.

  • Martina
    January 20, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Adorable photo!! I’m in a stripes kick lately.

  • May
    January 20, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    What great colours. Painting with a baby is a killer, though. We painted our nursery, office, kitchen and living room with our baby daughter – about 8 months old, crawling, and not into taking long naps. It was challenging but well worth it. Good luck!

  • Elizabeth
    January 20, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    It took me a minute to figure out what you were talking about I was mesmerized by cuteness! the base boards look great as well!

  • becoming-mom
    January 20, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    I LOVE the color and the fancy shmancy baseboards! And Eleanor, when did she get so big???

  • wanderluster
    January 20, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    You might as well baby-proof the kitchen while you’re at it ;) I love yellow kitchens. They’re so cheery.

  • Max & May Design
    January 21, 2010 at 11:24 am

    What a GREAT photo!!

  • Kimbydee
    January 22, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    I’m sorry, but who notices baseboards when there’s a supermodel in the shot?!! ;-D

  • Cecilia
    January 23, 2010 at 3:53 am

    Love your blog! Makes me happy reading it. Would you mind sharing where you bought the outfit for your daughter, it’s just adorable!

  • juliet
    January 25, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    I LOVE white trim! Looks good!

  • süpürgelik
    January 30, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    very sweet baby :)

  • Sarah
    July 6, 2010 at 3:27 am

    Did I miss the grand reveal for the painting of the baseboards and architraves? I couldn’t see the painted windows etc in your recent posts. Looking forward to seeing the end results as I am debating whether to paint the wooden window frames and doors in our house!