So life has been a bit cray cray around here (I will have to elaborate more in future posts) but suffice it to say, we have been busy here at the Freeman household!
Many of you know I am in the process of a major office and cosplay closet remodel in my little 1950’s ranch house. Since we have some major projects in the works including: fully painting the room, stripping, staining and refinishing the wood floors, replacing doorknobs, putting in new windows and having the exterior of the home resided and painted (oh my gosh, I am so freaking exhausted just reading off that list), we have been playing a balancing act of scheduling time off from work, childcare for the kiddos and getting all our ducks in a row for home improvements, so we won’t be able to embark on the big week of the heavy work till mid-April.
But in the meantime I wanted to share some of my pre-remodel preps! One of the biggest ones is caulking up the gaps along the baseboards. I initially wanted to seal these for purely aesthetic reasons (they looks so fugly!!) but then I started noticing 1) spiders crawling in and out of the gaps (yuck!) and 2) a slight draft coming from the gaps, especially the gaps around the drywall and closet doorframe.
Some of the gaps that ran the ENTIRE FREAKING LENGTH of my closet. Similar gaps throughout our house. What the….?!
Gaps in the baseboards between the wallboard and the floor don’t stop air from finding its way into the wall space and traveling throughout the house. When researching the matter further I learned that there is actually a lot of air moving within the interior and exterior walls, floors and ceilings – especially in older homes like mine.
Since warm air rises, air from your furnace will take any path it can find toward the top of the house. When it travels through your walls on its way to the attic, the space between it leaves behind is replaced with other air, which creates a draft.
I explained my issue to the awesome folks Sashco, and they recommended I use their caulk The Big Stretch for this particular issue and sent a sample, along with some other home improvement caulks to try. (I will be following up on their eXact color caulk in mid-April when my office renovation is complete. The eXact color caulk can be colored to match your walls paint colors, so if your baseboards are white and your wall is blue or yellow or whatever, you can tint the caulk yourself to match the wall! Haven’t used it yet but excited to give it a go!)
Here is the Big Stretch blurb from the Sashco website:
Homes move. Window frames pull away from the siding or doors shift against the brick. They move when the temperature changes, the rain falls, the wind blows or the earth quakes. Most caulks can’t take it – they dry hard and crack. That’s why you need Big Stretch® high performance water-based sealant. Its powerful adhesion and extreme elasticity will stick, twist, bend, compress, and stretch – more than 500% of original size! – to handle most any movement your home can dish out, all without cracking.
The Big Stretch helps you avoid repeated repairs: Just say no to brittle, cracked caulking. Stays soft and elastic over time for a years-long, lasting seal.
• Sticks, even to difficult surfaces: Compatible with a wide variety of building materials, including difficult ones like vinyl windows and siding. No need to search for a product specific to every different surface.
• Professional-looking results every time: The smooth formula is easy to apply, even for a novice.
• Paintable: Paint adheres like a pro, so go ahead and paint your wall bright blue. Also available in 12 colors and clear, in case you don’t want to paint it.
• Easy to use: Easy to smooth and clean-up with water. No special chemicals required.
• OK to leave in your unheated garage overnight: Freeze-thaw stable through 10 cycles.
Lovely gap-free seam now! (Not yet painted, but still 1000% better!!)
Closet fully caulked and painted! Now to focus on the office….
I have only worked with a handful of caulks in my two years of being a Pinterest obsessed new home owner, but I was super surprised at how easy it was to work with this caulk! Another cool surprise was that the white of the caulk matched my white walls and floor so perfectly that I really didn’t need to paint over it (but I still did because I am OCD like that..)
It was so strangely cathartic, sealing up old gaps, and smoothing out little seams all over the closet, that I ended up caulking the whole damn thing.. like… even little seams on the top shelves and baseboard seams on the corners. The whole closet looked so CLEAN, and crisp and complete, it felt like I had a whole new storage room! When I finished caulking, I felt like a cat playing with a laser pointer, when the pointer suddenly disappears. I was rummaging around in other rooms to find areas to seal and seam up! Haha.
I am looking forward to trying the other caulks in Sashco’s line of products… since I have rain gutters to fix, cracks in my chimney, and cracks in the concrete in my driveway, it is excited to know that Sashco has the right caulk for the job. You can check out their full line of caulks and sealants by CLICKING HERE.
Notice the pre-caulked cracks in the background?? Yikes!
They also have a great collection of tutorials and how to guides on their website, that you can view by CLICKING HERE.
Oh! Also! The folks at Sashco gave me a couple of shirts to give away! I kept one for myself because I am selfish like that (sporting it in the photos above!) but I am going to give one away with this post, and another away on the upcoming post when I redo my office! This shirt is in reference to their sidewalk crack repair caulk, and says “Fill your crack” on the back. I have no idea why this makes me giggle so hard. *wink wink nudge nudge*
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