Caulking Fool

Charlie spent the day with a caulking gun in his hand.

Charlie is a neat caulker; I am NOT.
Charlie is a neat caulker; I am NOT.

I had asked him to fill any gaps in the dining room paneling and trim.

The gap between the boards surrounding the opening between the dining room and conservatory would look better filled with caulk.
The gap between the boards surrounding the opening between the dining room and conservatory would look better filled with caulk.
First it is filled with caulk.
First it is filled with caulk.
Charlie smooths the caulk with a wet finger.
Charlie smooths the caulk with a wet finger.

And there were many.

The dining room on Saturday morning.
The dining room on Saturday morning.
The dining room on Saturday afternoon with only the wallpapering supplies.
The dining room on Saturday afternoon with only the wallpapering supplies.

So while I cleared up the dining room clutter Charlie caulked.

The same space on the left uncaulked, on the right caulked.
The same space on the left uncaulked, on the right caulked.

And caulked.

Charlie started caulking this wall including large knot holes.
Charlie started caulking this wall including large knot holes.

And caulked.

It takes many coats of white semi-gloss to cover the once-brown paneling and it still has gaps that warrant caulk.
It takes many coats of white semi-gloss to cover the once-brown paneling and it still has gaps that warrant caulk.
Filled
Filled

The paneling looks better with the gaps filled even before it gets its final coat of white semi-gloss paint.

The old paneling and the new trim all need to be caulked to make the installation look seamless.
The old paneling and the new trim all need to be caulked to make the installation look seamless.
And now it's finished.
And now it’s finished.

This is a boring post about a boring task.  Thanks, Charlie.

What’s your least favorite but necessary task?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

11 thoughts on “Caulking Fool”

  1. I have some areas of knotty pine paneling that previous owners painted. There are similar gaps and places where the expansion and contraction of the wood has loosened the paint along the panel seams. Now I’ll have to consider caulking at some point so some repainting can be done. That’s far down the list, though. Priming the ceiling water stains and repainting the ceilings will come first. There were roof leaks that kept recurring until the previous owners put on a metal roof. They didn’t get around to repainting the ceilings, bless their hearts.

    1. All those “little” things are difficult to address and not as satisfying as other things. I’ve lived for 18 years with the gaps but they weren’t noticible when the paneling was whitewashed. Now that it’s white everything shows. Jo

  2. Painting with oil based paint! I am living what you are doing. Your house is looking fab! I actually have a sick fascination with caulking. Once it’s done everything just looks so pro! Love your paneling! Happy fall, Koko:)

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