Hey, friends! Happy Saturday! I know, I know, I have been absent on here for a while, but I am so glad to be back and better than ever! The big move along with adjusting and starting this new life in this new place has taken all of my energy. Also, the blog has been “under construction” for a little while. But I hope you love the new look! After rebranding over from “Thoughtfully Lovely” to “April Colleen” I wanted a new look to go with it and I LOVE IT! Do you? Leave a comment below and tell me what you think.
Anyway, if you haven’t been following along on Instagram or are new here, I have been busy installing all new flooring on the main floor of our new house. We moved in about 12 weeks ago from Indianapolis to Phoenix and it has taken me a month to install it. We had a tile floor in the front half of the house that was a chevron pattern and the other half was a regular staggered pattern. The floor tile is in GREAT shape, but I am just not a fan of chevron. I liked it about 5 years ago but it is a trend that came and went and I didn’t really want it. It chopped up the house and made the rooms look smaller. Oh, and it was so busy to look at!
I took a poll over on my stories and a surprising number of people (50%) loved it and thought that I should leave it. But, I wanted a more cohesive look throughout the main floor and something a little more neutral. It took a lot of samples to decide on the flooring that I wanted to put in (I will have a whole post soon on what we chose and why). Whatever I chose, I knew that the new floor was going to have to be a floating floor so I had to decide if I wanted to pull out all of the existing baseboard and install all new or make it easier on myself and just put in shoe moulding (quarter round moulding) and attach it to the baseboard that was already installed.
If you have been around here for a while, you can probably guess which one I decided to go with. Yep, I decided to pull out all the existing baseboard and install all new. Why?? Because I wanted to have a little more of an elegant baseboard in my home. The house had 3 1/4″ baseboard but I wanted to add a 5 1/2″ base to elevate the space.
Taller, more detailed baseboard adds a touch of elegance and elevates a room’s appearance in a subtle but noticeable way
When the builder installed the tile flooring, they installed the baseboard first and then the tile. You heard me. Imagine that! Not only did it shrink up the baseboard even more, but it made it REALLY hard to remove. I thought that I was going to be able to separate the base from the wall by cutting the caulking and then simply pulling it off like I had done in the past. Nope. I had to call in reinforcement – my son. We had to cut the caulking and pull the moulding to break it in order to dig out the part that was under the grout. Not going to lie. It was harder than I thought it would be.
Check out my next post where I share all of the details of how to remove baseboard …..the normal way. I will tell you all the tools you will need. You probably already have them right in your toolbox!
I know that we moved from our old home before I could share the final reveal of my master closet. But, I promise you I DID finish it before we put it on the market and I will be sharing that soon.
Have an amazing weekend, friends