Once sanded and cut down the old oak worked great. Once finished it should match perfectly.
Odd Job #2 – The next annoying task is moving the above wall outlet. All the outlets on our 1st floor were installed in the baseboard, but for some reason our electrician put only this one in the wall (maybe because there wasn’t baseboard there yet?!). The just go way when in the base and don’t muck up the walls.
So here is a good patching trick I just learned. Oversize your drywall patch and then cut the back to the correct size, leaving the drywall face paper overhanging all four sides. Then set the drywall directly in joint compound and the overhanging flaps become your tape so you can skip the taping step. Makes for a quick & easy patch.
Odd Job #3 – Our son keeps tripping over these oversized thresholds so I ripped them out and behold the original transition is not in terrible shape and is pretty much flush. Who knows why the previous owners installed these.
Odd Job #4 – Stripping paint off of the old corner blocks, so I got out our crockpot trick, remember this one: https://madisonsquarehome.com/2011/10/10/sunday-slow-cooker/
We forgot how long all this stuff takes!