Here's the steps we took:
1) Decide, design, measure, and order the materials. The crown molding, board and batten, and chair rail came in 16' strips, so we had to know how many strips we would need. We also added in the same chair rail molding for the window trim, and got some MDF for the rosettes and corner pieces. We did end up having to go back a couple times for more pieces, but all in all we did well. We didn't drastically over order on anything. We also had to decide on colors for the paint and purchase that. We bought 5 gallons of paint total, a 6 pack of masking tape (which we used almost all of!), and we also bought about 10 tubes of caulk and a bottle of TiteBond wood glue. We already had a caulk gun and paint brushes and a roller. We borrowed a chop saw, router, table saw, air compressor, and nail gun. Sometimes a plate of cookies really pays off. :)
2) Move out the furniture and clean the walls. You don't want to be painting over gunky walls. Its also very eye opening to realize just how dirty the walls have gotten in the 10 months we've lived here, especially in the kitchen and dining room area. yuck.
3) We painted next, but in hindsight this was kind of a superfluous paint, since we ended up having to tape and re paint around the trim anyway.
4) Cut, prime, paint, and put up the trim. We did all the corner pieces first, since it was Cody's design from the get-go to avoid 45 degree angle corner cuts. Let's face it; walls aren't perfectly straight. That's the nature of the beast. Since we'd done blocks with rosettes, blocks with baseboard, it seemed natural to design a block for the crown and chair rail and then to tie it all together with trim on the corners. Then we did the crown molding, then the chair rail, and then the board and batten (which runs parallel to the studs so we glued that on and just used the nails to hold it in place until the glue dried). But this was a LOT of trim. We also did around all the windows upstairs, including the kids' bedrooms and guest bathroom. Lots of careful measuring and marking, and we primed and painted it all before it went up. Personal preference, but not particularly necessary.
5) Caulk everything. Up and down the board and batten, around the chair rail, all the corners, crown molding, and windows. I think we ended up using about 8 of the 10 tubes of caulk we'd purchased... perhaps more? I didn't keep count. I didn't do much else for a week.
6) Putty the nail holes with painter's putty.
7) Paint all the caulk lines and nail holes again, and give the trim a good once-over to make sure it is beautifully painted. Here's where we realized our intial paint project was a bit superfluous, because we really applied the white paint liberally. It left a rather wide, messy white edge on our already painted walls.
8) Tape off the trim very very carefully. Paint the edge of the tape once with white, let dry, then come back with the color and paint over all the white. It took us two coats. Some places we had to paint where we'd dripped as well. Remove the tape when it's just barely dry enough to not get on your hands any more--about 30-40 minutes after your final coat and less than 12 hours after initially taping it. In other words, don't tape off too much! We had 4 colors total (green, dark blue, light blue, and tan), and we did each color one at a time. We did the tan in two days.
9) (still in progress!) Put the drop cloths and tools and paint away. Cody put together small baby food jars of each color of paint which we are keeping in the cabinet above our fridge in case there's a small touch-up and we don't want to go searching for the whole can of paint. Then it's time to put the furniture back and clean clean clean! The floor and sinks really need to be scrubbed, the blinds vacuumed, etc. Because this was a 3 week project that consumed the majority of our free time, we're behind on regular cleaning. All my clean laundry is piled up in Katie's crib since she has learned to sleep in her big girl bed. It's time to get back to normal life!
|Master bathroom, light blue|
|Dining room wall. This is the only spot that got the double board and batten, and we built a small shelf above the chair rail.|
|Laundry closet and hall|
|Close-up of "Innie" corner|
|Living room window trim|
|Living room blue wall, and the kids playing Lego Star Wars|
|Master bedroom green wall|
|Door to master bedroom and dining room blue wall; you can see here how we tied in the shelf|
|Close-up of "Outie" corners|