Half Wall Bookcase

By Robert Robillard

Adding A Bookcase To A Half Wall This is a job that I had worked on this past October. At the time we were renovating this home we removed the carpet in this room and on the 1/2 wall and installed hardwood flooring.  The plan was to install a 27″ high bookcase on this Half…

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Applying Trim In Confined Spaces

By Robert Robillard

  Applying Window or Door Trim In Confined Spaces   Applying trim in confined spaces frustrates many people.   In a perfect finish carpentry world all doors and windows would be installed with enough space to apply full width trim like in the picture below. The reality is that we sometimes we have to rip trim…

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Tip for installing Door Casing

By Robert Robillard

Installing Door and Window Trim One common problem when trimming a window or door is the jamb of the door or window does not come out flush with the interior wall. This causes the trim to rock.  Below is a simple tip for installing door casing. In many of these cases it is necessary to…

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New Fireplace Mantle

By Robert Robillard

Living Room Remodel With A New Fireplace Mantle We are in working in Winchester, Mass this month adding some nice finishing touches to a high end retirement condo before the owner moves in. The old mantel above was 6′ high. [photo below] Besides being to large for the room and not to the new owners…

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Changing Window Trim

By Robert Robillard

Colonial Trim To Flat Trim ~ Country Style I installed this kitchen window a year ago with 2 1/2″ Colonial casing. The customer recently decided to change this casing to 1×4 flat casing to better fit her country style home. 1×4 flat stock really measures 3/4″ x 3 1/2″. Changing Window Trim After removing the…

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How to Apply Trim To Uneven Doors

By Robert Robillard

Yvonne Blacker at Design Vignettes asked the following question on my “Post Your Questions Here . . .”: Applying Trim to two side by side doors with different heights Her question was: “How would you trim a hall closet that is next to a cased opening when they are different heights and are separated by…

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Installing Faux Wainscoting

By Robert Robillard

Installing Faux Wainscoting with Moldings Wainscoting whether it is the real cope and panel or applied molding- faux version always seems to dress up a room with class. Recently a decorator asked us to dress up this dining room [photo below] with a faux wainscoting look. Although my favorite is to build cope and stick…

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Adding a Fireplace Mantle

By Robert Robillard

Installing A Fireplace Mantle Now that is an eye catcher! This article is continued from part 1 of work at a beautiful house is on Partridge Lane in Concord.  I just finished adding a fireplace mantle, the granite is new and the hardwood floors were re-finished. Additionally, O’Lalor Painting painted the entire interior and is…

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