Our House, The Story Of A New England Fixer Upper: Bring Character Into Your Home With Trim

March 20th, 2019

Welcome back to another, OUR HOUSE series episode!

This week we are bringing you up to speed and into real time, as we bring character into our home with trim. Today we’re transitioning out of demolition work and into more design elements. While demolition is something you might be able to do yourself – the installation, purchase, and cutting of trim is something you might want to invest in hired help for – just know it can get costly.

Before we talk about budget, I want to talk about the process of purchasing. Choosing trim was a difficult task for me because the catalog I picked from had it’s visual ups and downs. At the end of the day, I’m happy with the moulding I chose – especially the baseboard. I find moulding is the defining character element in a home. You can make a space feel modern, colonial, or farmhouse all with trim pieces.

The images below likely looks a lot different since our last post where we demoed the master bathroom. In this post, you’ll see a mixture of pre-drywall, drywalled and painted walls. Most of these images are from the end of January and I’m so excited to bring you guys up to speed. We’ll be sharing the painting process in a separate post, once we have completed the interior cabinetry work. 

Let’s talk trim:


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We decided to take two spaces within our home and transform them by bringing character in with trim.


#1) The first place we transformed was the staircase. Our staircase was once enclosed and dark, but now it’s open to the kitchen area. The dramatic change brought light and created more of an open-concept floor plan. We wanted to create a design on the staircase wall that made this piece of our home a focal point. I, like many others, got inspired by colonial interiors I saw on Pinterest. I decided on this stunning inlaid box design. Looking for interior inspiration? Head over to our Pinterest to see what I’ve saved and utilized in my home design process. 

#2) The second place we transformed was the fireplace wall. Originally the fireplace had a farmhouse feel with large shiplap planks covering the walls. Since the planks were vertical and an odd combination of shiplap and beadboard, we decided to layer the design with raised paneling for a traditional colonial fireplace look. Matt likes to remind me again, and again, that we do not live in a colonial home; but I feel colonial interior style is so underrated. Nothing is more sophisticated than clean lines and a less-is-more approach. I’m planning to paint the fireplace the same color as the kitchen cabinetry to create a cohesive color scheme between the two rooms.  


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Now for the budget:


With the understanding that everyone’s budget is different – Matt and I know we are extremely fortunate to have brands help us during our fixer-upper demolition with primary materials.

Trim is truly a design element! If I was to do this process over again, I might actually do the trim up to a year later. Trim itself isn’t expensive. But, the supplies, contractor and installation did add up to a few thousand dollars. With that said, it might be better to pay your plumber and purchase your hardware before installing raised panels. 

Don’t be afraid to tackle this project at a later date or reuse your homes original molding (which we did with 80% of the house). Trust me, a little sandpaper and a fresh coat of paint goes FAR!

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3 thoughts on “Our House, The Story Of A New England Fixer Upper: Bring Character Into Your Home With Trim

  1. Jacob

    Home decorating can be very fun but yet challenging at times; whether it be with western decorations or rustic home decor. Western home decor is decor that will give your rooms a look and a feel of warmth, invitation, and loaded with charm. On the other hand, rustic decor is a type of decor that will reflect a love of the outdoors and it also makes the home welcoming and homey.

  2. Melissa

    Hey there!

    I’ve been following along with your house renovation – I love this kind of stuff and I’m looking forward to seeing the final result! Thanks for sharing! However, in this post where you mention “modeling” are you actually referring to “moulding”, like crown/cornice moulding?

    1. Aubrey Post author

      Hi Melissa,

      Thanks for following along. It means the world and thank you for catching my typo there. I just fixed it but yes, I’m referring to moulding! Darn, autocorrect.

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