1 Quarter Round Install How-To

>> Thursday, January 31, 2013

Back at it in the kitchen! You only thought you were free of my floor reno ramblings.

Last I left you, the tiles were freshly grouted, but one huge eyesore was keeping this floor from the finish line. Time to add quarter round along the edge of the baseboards.


While I’ve heard rumors of some installing quarter round with a good old fashioned hammer and nail, a brad nailer and air compressor knocks this project out in practically no time. I found this 2” brad nailer on Amazon for around $40 and it has worked like a charm for my simple purposes.


I was lucky enough to have a hand-me-down air compressor given to me a couple of years ago…


…and the miter saw that I picked up as a little happy birthday gift for myself a few years ago.


On to the cutting. I started in this corner where the laundry room door ends and cabinets begin. I had to add a small piece of new base trim before I could get started with the quarter round since my door demo got a little out of hand.


I cut the quarter round at 45 degree angles where they met at the corner. The edge of the quarter round that ended where the door trim began, I cut at a 22.5 degree angle. Why 22.5? I seem to remember a DIY quarter round YouTube video that told me to do this, so I went with it. I’ve also seem tons of homes with quarter round cut straight at the edges.


A few pops with the brad nailer and these babies were secure.


Next on the agenda: wood filler, caulk and PLENTY of paint.

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1 It’s a grout party…and you’re invited!

>> Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Happy House-iversary to my little construction site! Three years ago, I moved into my 1960s ranch house complete with filthy carpet (that has since been removed to uncover the original hardwoods), a dark and dated kitchen (which has since been lightened and brightened), a terribly leaky master bathroom (that has since been gutted to the studs & remodeled) and a Pepto-Bismol pink guest bathroom…that is still Pepto-Bismol pink.


Technically, yesterday was my 3 year house-iversary but sometimes a girl just gets busy. We’ll count today as the birthday party, and I can think of no better way to celebrate than by grouting the newly tiled kitchen floor. Who’s with me?!

Last I left you on this project, the groutable vinyl tiles were set in place and looking fine. I’m actually super pumped with the way they turned out. If you are looking for a less labor intensive (and less expensive) flooring option, give these guys serious consideration.

Here is an up-close glimpse of the kitchen floor post tile install/pre-grout…


Now for the tools: Pre-mixed grout (you can mix your own for slightly less money, but I was up for the shortcut), a grout float (more detail on this in a bit), a sponge and bowl of clean water.


Whoever wrote the instructions on the box of tiles was very insistent that the novice grout applier (ahem, me) not smear grout over the entire tile but only as close to the tile joint as possible.


They spoke, I listened. Terrified of ruining the new tiles that we’d so carefully placed, I used a 2” margin float for this gig.


Time to get to work with a little maneuver I like to call the scoop, slap, swipe & scrape.

SCOOP a hearty clump of grout onto the float.


SLAP the grout on the corner joints.


SWIPE grout into the joint. I used small diagonal motions to make sure the grout filled the joint without smearing grout all over the tiles.


SCRAPE the excess grout from the tile. I just held the float at a 90 degree angle and, well, scraped.


I repeated the process over a few tiles but as the back-of-the-tile-box man told me to, I stopped every few feet or so to remove the excess grout so that it would not dry on the tiles.


Using a sponge & clean water, I rubbed the tiles in a circular motion to remove the extra grout.


Once all of the tiles were grouted, I made sure to grout the gaps between the tiles and door trim, since those portions won’t be covered by new quarter round like the edges of the room would be.


24 hours later, the grout was completely dry. I carefully walked on them well before the 24 hours was up, but furniture and puppy toenails dare not set foot until the grout was completely solid.


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1 What Where When Why: Glass Front Fridge-y

>> Friday, January 25, 2013

What: A gorgeous glass front sub-zero refrigerator that my gal pal, Jessica, clued me in on.

Where:  Magazine Land.

When: Just now when I opened the email from Jessica containing such gloriousness…that she sent me on Wednesday. Bad friend.

Why: Clearly fabulous, but I can’t shake the mini-panic attack just thinking about about the half empty Sierra Mist cans and three week old cheese dip containers that would be fully on display in my house. The maid that comes with the fridge must be hiding in the bottom drawer just waiting to realign coke cans and throw out old milk cartons.

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1 At Home in Arkansas: How to survive a DIY kitchen remodel

>> Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Happy Hump Day, y’all! If you’re in the mood for a little mid-workday procrastination, head over to At Home in Arkansas Magazine’s blog to check out my guest post. Today I’m recapping the realities of diving into (and living through!) a do-it-yourself kitchen remodel. Enjoy!…


  Our DIY diva Cara Wilkerson has finally finished her kitchen remodel! Today, she’s giving us a few tips on what to expect when you’re expecting…to begin a kitchen remodel, that is. Follow her story from the beginning by reading her At Home guest blog series here.

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0 Kitchen Progress: Baby Steps

>> Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Happy Tuesday, blog buddies! Nothing terribly interesting is happen around the old construction site other than the eternal saga of piecing my kitchen back together after knocking an enormous hole in the wall.

Just a few door hanging, drywall patching, trim nailing and paint priming steps later, we’re inching our way to the finish line.

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8 The Return of the Brown Thumb

>> Thursday, January 17, 2013

It’s that time of year again. The time of year when I forget how terribly brown my green thumb is and I take off on an I-can-grow-this tangent. Maybe I’m needing a new project? Maybe it’s that I’m itching for springtime temps?….or maybe it’s the precious little package that arrived on my doorstep from my friends in the gardening blog world?


Two amaryllis bulbs (I only knew what they were after I read the label) perfectly packaged and ready for planting.


Luckily, I had two white ceramic thrift shop pots on hand to house my newest friends.


While step-by-step instructions on how to plant, water and care for these little babies may seem excessive to some, to my fellow lack-luster gardeners and myself, they are much appreciated.


We’ll see what happens over the next few weeks with these guys, but in the meantime, I have a precious new little basket to play with.


Want to join in on all of the bulb planting fun? Click here to pick up and amaryllis or two for yourself!

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