Crown Molding - remodeling the Office
New floors, new paint, and crown molding

(office.html Page Updated Feb. 8, 2005)
Project Plan Steps

- Hardwood Floors estimate  (done on 1/17/05, wood delivered 1/26)
- New replacement baseboard molding  (2/07/05 completed)
- Paint walls  (began 1/17/05, completed on Jan. 30)
- Crown molding  (ordered on 1/17/05, delivered 1/26, install began 2/1, completes Feb. 13?)
- Install hardwood floors  (and remove carpeting, started on 2/3/05 completed Feb. 7)
- Install new baseboard molding trim  (starts and completes on 2/7/05)
- Cable outlets for Internet and for a digital TV tuner
- Move in new desk, chair, and filing cabinets
- Move computers from previous office to this new office

Original estimated Project dates:  Jan. 7 - Feb. 10, 2005

Progress: 
New office being painted Jan. 17, 2005, photo by Ken Papai New office being painted Jan. 17, 2005, photo by Ken Papai Office being painted, Jan. 17, 2005.

The StairMaster will be moved to the new workout, exercise room, where the stationary True ZTX 700 bike already is, Workout Room. And One more early office test painting photo.

New office supplies arrived on Jan. 26, 2005, photo by Ken Papai New office wood floors and crown molding arrived Jan. 26, 2005, photo by Ken Papai Hardwood floors (10 boxes) and crown molding delivered on Jan. 26.
All the supplies are laying in our hallway to ''cure'' for a week before they go into the new office room.
Two more images: crown 8126 and wood 8127.
How the crown molding will look exactly: exterior corner of the Balmer product.

New Lucas Desk and filing cabinet: image 1 and image 2.

New office supplies arrived on Jan. 26, 2005, photo by Ken Papai Office - Before - Jan. 28, 2005, photo by Ken Papai Office - Before - Jan. 28, 2005, photo by Ken Papai

At the left, two more "Before" photos.


office starting a second coat of paint, 1/30/2005 photo by Ken Papai second coat of paint on crown molding cornice, 1/30/2005 photo by Ken Papai Office painted - Jan. 29, 2005, photo by Ken Papai Left: first coat is complete. At the right: starting the 2nd coat of paint.


Adhesive caulks for Balmer crown, 2/01/2005 photo by Ken Papai Small Cornice piece installed above door Feb. 1, 2005, photo by Ken Papai Crown molding blocks installed Feb. 1, 2005, photo by Ken Papai On 2/01/2005 the install of the crown molding began. First I had to install the five interior and one exterior corner blocks. Then find a good place for the divider blocks since the cornice molding is only 8' long per run.
A set of simple tools is all I need to cut the cornice accurately -- a simple miter box and backsaw (handsaw).
Once all the crown is up what remains is the job of spackling all the small nail holes (see detail), caulking up the joined edges and seams to cover any gaps, and applying touch-up paint on the wall and crown. Reaching up and working on the ceiling is a lot more strenuous than simple baseboards on the floor!

Feb. 3 -- new floor going in

Removing the carpet and baseboards, 2/03/2005 photo by Ken Papai Removing the carpet and baseboards, 2/03/2005 photo by Ken Papai Removing the carpet and baseboards, 2/03/2005 photo by Ken Papai
special paper put down, 2/03/2005 photo by Ken Papai special paper put down, 2/03/2005 photo by Ken Papai


First the baseboards were pulled and pryed off and demolished; then the carpet was cut out along with the pad underneath and trashed. Then Sean prepped the subfloor with a special paper called Aquabar "B" that is like a sealant on which the hardwood (red oak) goes.
Red oak hardwood going down, 2/04/2005 photo by Ken Papai Red oak hardwood going down, 2/04/2005 photo by Ken Papai Sean putting in hardwood, 2/04/2005 photo by Ken Papai
-- Updated 2/04/05 --
Red oak hardwood is down, 2/04/2005 photo by Ken Papai Red oak hardwood is down, 2/04/2005 photo by Ken Papai Red oak hardwood is down, 2/04/2005 photo by Ken Papai
Hardwood floor strips air-hammered in, 2/04/2005 photo by Ken Papai Hardwood floor strips air-hammered in, 2/04/2005 photo by Ken Papai Red oak hardwood sawwed to fit, 2/04/2005 photo by Ken Papai Hardwood floor strips air-hammered in, 2/04/2005 photo by Ken Papai
-- Updated 2/06/05 --
new baseboard trim, primed but unpainted, 2/04/2005 photo by Ken Papai new baseboards being painted with 1st coat, 2/04/2005 photo by Ken Papai baseboards being painted with 1st coat, 2/04/2005 photo by Ken Papai
-- Updated 2/07/05 --
office hardwood floor and baseboards install complete, 2/07/2005 photo by Ken Papai office hardwood floor and baseboards install complete, 2/07/2005 photo by Ken Papai office hardwood floor and baseboards install complete, 2/07/2005 photo by Ken Papai office hardwood floor and baseboards install complete, 2/07/2005 photo by Ken Papai
New photos, updated on 3/21/05: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5

Other projects:
1. Dining Room [new large table, chairs, buffet, mirror, window shades, sisal rug, and chandelier]
2. Living Room [new couch and chairs, tables (3), sisal rug, lamps, and bar]
These are both due to essentially complete before March 1, 2005.

Links:

1. Ballmer crown moldings
2. Taunton's Crown molding install guide with a backing trim.


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