Sunday, March 3, 2013


Our intent, all along, was to use wood left over from our timber frame to make the trim for our interior doors. That meant we had two choices for each situation: ponderosa pine which we used for the ceiling and porch or douglas fir which was used for everything else. Different woods and stains created very different feelings.

In the bedroom we used the leaf and vine trim which we purchase at Home Depot. In order to get the pattern to show up nicely, we applied dark gel stain to the wood and wiped it off before it had a chance to harden. This application method gave the wood a rather antique look. Scott made the corner decoration from douglas fir and left the gel stain on longer in order for that wood to be darker than the trim. Here Scott is looking into the bedroom from the living room.

 A close-up of the same door

This is the door leading from Scott's office into the living room. We used ponderosa pine here. The "stain" is actually Skidmore's beeswax. That combined with the pine creates a warm yellow trim.

Notice the little square hole in the wall on the right side of the door near the floor. This is the cat door. Our cats are in-door / out-door cats. That means they come and go as they please during the least as much as Scott and I are willing to let them in and out. But, at night, they are inside.

A quandary related to cats is where to put the litter box. Not in the bedroom certainly. We opted for one of the storage rooms in Scott's office. While our cats are absolutely smart enough to learn how to open the office door, which will usually be closed, we are not inclined to teach them. As an alternative, we provided this door. You'll notice, in the photo above, there is no trim on the cat door yet.

Now the cat door has trim to match the office side of the door.

Here Scott is getting a cat's-eye view.

This is the view from the living room into Scott's office.

This is what happens when one of us knows how to manipulate pictures in Photo Shop!

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