Laundry Room Trim Decision

Our laundry room has been overwhelming us Charlie so I wanted to make some progress in the clutter and finishing.

We saved the original window trim to finish the window which needed to be finished before the chair rail.
We saved the original window trim to finish the window which needed to be finished before the chair rail.

For years it has needed both baseboard and chair rail trim.  I was reluctant to make a final decision on the chair rail.

The baseboard still gets some shoe molding along the floor.
The baseboard still gets some shoe molding along the floor.

The baseboard is going to be the same as in the rest of the house: 1 by 4 lumber topped with an ogee and a piece of shoe molding in front.

We started the chair rail with a level strip of 1 by 4.
We started the chair rail with a level strip of 1 by 4.

I knew I wanted the chair rail to be a 1 by 4 with a piece of cove molding under.

The paneling in the dining room is trimmed with a right angle corner guard.
The paneling in the dining room is trimmed with a right angle corner guard with a piece of ogee under.

I wasn’t sure what to do on top.  First I tried ogee which just didn’t look right. Our judge’s rail in the dining room has a small right-angle ledge (see above).

The pieces of tape high on the wall mark the studs which we'll be trying to tie into.
The pieces of tape high on the wall mark the studs which we’ll be trying to tie into.

I decided to add a 1 by 2 (1.5 inches wide) on edge to the top of the 1 by 4 in the laundry room.

In front of the beadboard is 1 by 4 with cove molding under and 1 by 2 on top.
In front of the beadboard is 1 by 4 with cove molding under and 1 by 2 on top.

This profile of trim will be used around the entire room.

We located the placement of studs by the old-fashioned poke-a-hole method. The holes will be covered by the cabinet.
We located the placement of studs by the old-fashioned poke-a-hole method. The holes will be covered by the cabinet.

In order to hang up and utilize the top of the hutch (that we separated from its base when we built the linen closet in the master hall) we wanted to hang it on the wall.

The cabinet is securely hanging on the wall in front of the trim.
The cabinet is securely hanging on the wall in front of the trim.

We added 2 by 4 spacers on the back of the cabinet to compensate for the 1 by 2 on top of the chair rail.

The cabinet is loaded with old sheets, towels and rags.
The cabinet is loaded with old sheets, towels and rags.

The cabinet was screwed through its back, through the 2 by 4s, into a stud with long screws.

The next wall we'll be trimming.
The next wall we’ll be trimming.

A nice clean corner and a trim decision helps to finish the laundry room. I’ll check our supplies and see when we can finish.

What horizontal surface are you clearing up?

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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.

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