Spring break (spring being a relative term) is over and we are trying to get back on schedule. It's always a bit tricky getting going again after the kids have some time off from their normal routine, but I have something to look at the helps get rid of a little of my post-vacation grumpiness. Here's the story:
Back a few months now, we gutted and re-did the middle portion of our house. Shortly before the new carpet was scheduled to be installed, my brother-in-law was putting on the base trim. Since we weren't planning on using a base shoe (the little extra piece that is attached to the trim right at floor level), he called the carpet people and asked if he needed to leave a gap, and if so how much. The person he talked to said "3/4 inch" and there was no doubt in that person's mind - I could overhear the conversation. So, my BIL followed instructions, and did a lovely job with the trim. Then, the carpet guys came and put in the carpet, and guess what? That gap was WAY too big. Thanks for NOTHING Home Depot. As you can see from the pictures, there is a fairly obvious gap.
We couldn't take all that trim off and re-install it - there would be nail holes and broken pieces and any number of other problems - and there wasn't technically anything wrong with the carpet installation, so the only solution was to go and buy and stain and install a base shoe to cover the gap.
This weekend Aaron finished installing the last piece (as well as the last of the window casings). Doesn't that look so much better?
It really does make me more cheerful to see the project moving another step closer to completion. All that is left to do is put the temporary linoleum floor in the entryway, hang the curtain rods, and put up a few more things on the wall. I can't wait to see it finished. I also can't wait for summer break.