(giving David patronizing pat on head) :)
There, there now. You just don't realize how GOOD you have it, compared
to our 101 year old house.
The baseboards are about 10" high, with some various angles and rounds
at the top to form a bead, one piece boards. Naturally, the plaster and
lath wall underneath is cracked from the nails, and the paint buildup is
very thick, so one could not just replace this baseboard with something
smaller without major rework of the wall somehow.
We have LARGE cast iron heat duct registers in the floor...I've never
seen any supplier with replacement registers that even come close. Wish
I could, got one in the kids room that needs to be covered over. Will
probably wind up making a plywood frame for it with a smaller, stock
register. Thought about machining an aluminum plate in a CNC mill at
work but not sure it'd be strong enough to hold up under an adult
What really burns me up though, is that the previous owners PAINTED OVER
THE STAINED TRIM! There are areas where the paint has peeled away, and
you can see how the wood (unkown) has gotten to that rich dark look only
old, stained, wood can get. There is no way I'm gonna be able to get all
the paint out of the grooves and rossettes without damage, much less
removing the original finish.
Perhaps that would be a good use for all that oak I've got, if I can
find someone with a plane/mill (?) that can use custom cutters.