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Nursery Construction – Matching Trim & Door

2014 August 3
by Becky

We all like gorgeous moldings and trim, right? Makes a house look crazy-awesome and uber-customized. The trim in our house is nothing over-the-top, but it’s kind of impressive and has always been one of my favorite features.

Until I had to a) find matching pieces and b) purchase it.

Crap is this stuff expensive.

For just our tiny nursery it was well over $200 for the baseboard (which consists of three separate pieces), rosettes (which don’t match perfectly), and plinths. Our contractor had to make the door trim custom by rounding the corners of some 6″ trim. I cannot even imagine what it cost to trim up this whole house.

Finding special trim sent me to a special place. Have you been to Gravois Planing Mill? It’s less than two miles from our house and is totally amazing.

Nursery Construction - Finding Trim - Gravois Planing Mill

Stacks and stacks of custom trim pieces of all shapes and sizes. The warehouse is enormous and all original. The wood is pushed around on these incredible antique carts and the old elevator still works like a champ. I was in awe, it’s quite an operation.

Having custom work done is REALLY expensive so luckily I was able to find most of what we needed (just not the rounded door trim) with a little help and lots of comparing to the existing pieces I brought along. The people at this place are CRAZY nice, especially to a trim-idot like me.

Our contractor picked up the 10ft pieces and set them up for me to deal with. Good thing it was 4 million degrees outside during the sanding, priming, and painting process. Even at 9pm it was unbearable.

Nursery Construction - Painting Trim

So we had the trim was covered.

But yet another scavenger hunt was required to find a 5-panel door to match the existing ones in our house. Stu gave up before the search began, I stayed hopeful but was pretty doubtful we’d find exactly what we needed, expecting to find one that needed stripping and lots of repairs.

We hit up Refab with no luck (but this place is awesome—reminded me of the Warehouse of Stuff), before striking the jack pot at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

Nursery Construction - Finding a Five Panel Door

It’s like this door was just waiting for us to come rescue it. I seriously almost passed out with excitement when Stu pulled it from it’s hiding place amongst the dozens of other doors.

Ethan did a little jig.

Of course it was a bit beat up but, all things considered, it was in great shape. Just needed a good sanding, some wood filler, and some new coats of stain and poly.

Our contractor loaned me his kick-ass orbital sander (guess what I’m asking Santa for this year?) so the door was stripped down in no time. Holes and gouges filled and sanded, it was time to stain. I donned my mask and gloves…

Nursery Construction - Five Panel Door Refinishing

And gathered all the stain we had laying around. I mixed a few together, using mostly Jacobean because our doors are pretty dark, and ended up with what can only be described as a near-perfect match. Older doors tend to stain a little more red (or so I learned) so the Jacobean added enough dark tones to off-set the redness.

Nursery Construction - Mixing Five Panel Door Stain

So pretty…

Nursery Construction - Five Panel Door Refinished

You see a can of Wipe-On poly there on the railing but I didn’t end up using it. It just soaked right into the door with no shiny finish so I went with a regular stain-finish water-based poly that went on cloudy and dried clear. I was generous with the coat and the result was just shiny enough.

Here’s a look at the hung door from Ethan’s room…what do you think?

Nursery Construction - Refinished FIve Panel Door

The new guy showed up and kind of makes all the other doors look bad. Oh well.

Now all I need is hardware…ugh. I have no idea where to even begin. I can’t decide if I want to go with traditional pocket door hardware like these doors on the first floor…

Nursery Construction - Antique Pocket Door Hardware

Or if I want to match the lovely door handles and risk them being smashed into the trim by little kids 10x a day (surely there is some remedy for that, right? Some sort of pocket-door bumper?). Here’s what I’d be looking for…

Nursery Construction - Antique Door Knob

Clearly the woman who renovated our house found these knobs somewhere and they must be common because there are 100 in our house and I KNOW they aren’t all original.

So if anyone has a suggestion or idea of where I should begin my search, please let me know (or just do it for me?) because I’m busy putting paint on those walls. The ones I can reach anyway. 

Next up is a look at our nursery mood board and the painted walls…I’ve been dragging my feet on the decision making. There may even be a giveaway involved!

7 Responses
  1. August 4, 2014

    What fun to live in a city that has antiquity stores that carry old doors and hardware and probably anything else you could need that’s antique. I would be in heaven in a store like that especially if I had the house to go with it!!

    Everything is looking great. It’s like the room has always been there and that’s what you want.

    • April 9, 2016

      Compartmentalized bath — two baths in the space of 1 1/2 baths. Each kid doesn’t need a personal bathroom, but does need privacy and room to share. A compartmentalized bath puts two sinks in one room and the toilet and tub/shower in another, so three kids can use the bath at once and keep a little more harmony in the family home.
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  2. Michelle permalink
    August 13, 2014

    DOORKNOBS!! Go to that place in Lafayette square (ish) – it’s run by the guy who finds all of city museum’s goodies… Architectural Artifacts of St. Louis… 2711 Lafayette Ave. We found handrail brackets that matched our old place EXACTLY and they were great… we also have bought trim and doors there.

    • Becky permalink*
      August 17, 2014

      Thank you!! I’ll go check it out. That is a place I have not been before…exciting!

      • April 9, 2016

        Taking good care of your home is a priority.  A home, for most people, is a lifetime investment.  You want it always to be solid and in good repair.  It has value.  Keeping it well maintained is necessary not just so you can live in comfort, but also in case you decide to sell it.  Well maintained homes sell much faster than those that are in need of repair.  The other consideration is that you may want to leave the home for your children.  We want our children to have the best and leaving them the family home in good condition will be a blessing for them.
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    • April 9, 2016

      Preparing for a remodeling project is a lot like preparing to buy a car. You may know the room and style you want, but the options you choose may drive the price higher than you can reasonably afford. But there are ways to stretch the remodeling budget and end up with stylish results within budget.
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  3. August 24, 2018

    Changing the hardware on your doors is a great way to update the look. I will have to pick out a new handle for my door.

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