I've done more rough building than anything so far - and I've put this off a long time. I need some help figuring out what to do next.
So here's my quick story (with pictures)!
First, I ordered nice new windows to convert a 3 season room (22x7 ft) into a more usable space. They arrived, and I started tearing out the storm windows that were the only form of 'window' on the 3 season room - found everything rotted out. I still can't believe the roof didn't collapse on it.
I had to tear out a lot more than I wish I had - but eventually got it buttoned all back up and re-sided (white siding until I can paint it all the same color).
So, I've been using that space for the better part of 3 years now, having done the insulation/electrical/drywall/drop ceiling/flooring and moved my office into one half, and created a laundry room in the other half. But I never did trim the windows inside.
My wife and I settled on the idea (very general idea) of doing a painted white look, with the goal of eventually re-trimming the entire house (doors trim, baseboards all around). We really love looks like these, but I'm not sure how best to start.
So, for the windows & doors - here is a look we like very much.
I think I have 3 quick questions about this look.
- First, is pine just a bad plan? Should I go with poplar so it doesn't get dinged up over time?
- Second, should I prime it before nailing it up, and paint after? Or should I prime/paint it, install it and touch up after? (sub question - latex or oil based? I'm prone to use latex enamel for ease of use)
- Third, how do I make that top piece? Is that a really small piece of crown millwork tucked under a simple 1"x1.5" strip of wood nailed to the top of the trim?
Next look I have questions about! Tall baseboards... how is it typically done? My knee jerk reaction is to go out and buy a few hundred feet of 1"x6" poplar boards and start priming them, and then go find some millwork to park on top of it (whether that is MDF or PVC I don't know... what is best?). Is a 3/4" thick board just too thick for baseboards, or do you guys see that done often and think it is normal?
I know, it was a lot of questions - but I'm seized up over all these unknowns and details. Every time I go to HD or the lumber store I gaze over all the cool material and just can't get started. Help!