The weekend was spent on more home improvements. We finished getting all the coving up, which as always, proved to be way trickier than expected. I purchased the polystyrene kind because a) it’s cheaper, and b) it’s not heavy, so one person can install it. I also bought pre-made corners so I wouldn’t have to buy a mitre box and cut my own corners. Unfortunately, the corners were a lesser grade of styrofoam and didn’t take paint or sand down as nicely as the polystyrene planks. They also didn’t seem to want to stick properly. Oh well, we got them up together on Saturday and after much patchwork and trimming, it’s looking pretty good. Hopefully one more coat of paint will seal the deal.
Sunday we cleaned out the room, ripped up the carpet and put in our new vinyl tile flooring. Experts from around the country were consulted via YouTube (how did we ever live without this?) and we quickly had the whole thing in place and rough-cut to fit. As instructed we did half the floor at a time. This also proved to be much more challenging, and I was worried we were going to run out of glue, but the whole 5 gallon container went down and the flooring went down on top of it.
Trimming off the excess to fit snugly against the baseboard could have gone better I’d say, but in the end we installed shoe moulding around the base to hide our poor trimming job. There’s a bit of a snarl of pipes and wires on the wall under the radiator that needs a tidy solution we have yet to implement but aside from that and a final coat of paint to the mouldings, we’re done in the study!