We spent the day yesterday working on the cloakroom, regardless of the thunderstorms that moved through just as we were ready to make the first cut on the baseboards. At least we got the vinyl down before the rain started. We got all the baseboard done, the exterior door done, and a really good start on the interior door.
We decided to go with the whole "Victorian" look for the cloakroom, which means we used a specific style of moulding for the baseboards and the casing around the doors. We used rosettes and plinths for the doors and corner pieces for the baseboards. This allowed the work to progress much faster as we had mostly 90º cuts to make.
We got rid of the mitre box and pulled out our chop saw to do the cuts this time. The cuts were much smoother and went a lot faster. Even the couple of 45º cuts worked out better, as long as I didn't brain fart. Let's just say it was a good thing we bought extra baseboard moulding.
Luckily, we were able to salvage the ruined pieces for under the doors. We cut the wide edges off the moulding and used them to cover the underside of the door. It lined up so perfectly on the exterior door that it looked as if we actually knew what we were doing and not flying by the seat of our pants most of the time.
The interior door isn't finished yet. When we drywalled the wall around the interior door the wallboard was just level with the old extra wide mouldings. We left them in place to act as the frame. Unfortunately, because the frame is so wide we had to come up with another solution for the casing. We chose to use a 4" moulding and rosettes of the same style as the exterior door. Then to bring the casing level with the inside edge of the frame we are going to add a piece of moulding that will be flush with the outer casing and slope inward toward the door.
It's the inner piece of casing that still has to be added. We suspect this will be quite tricky and require some really fancy cutting to make it line up all the way around and look like it all belongs properly. There are going to be some interesting trimming, notching, and of course 45º cuts to make the pieces frame the door correctly.