DIY Window & Door Trim Reveal

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I am so excited to share my Window & Door Trim DIY REVEAL!  It turned out BETTER THAN I EXPECTED (and I have high expectations for the most part) This DIY was worth the time it took and it was so affordable…with huge impact on the rooms décor. I made a point to do it entirely myself to show that, “If I can do it, YOU can too.” With help from the lumber guys, I should mention…I had all the wood pieces cut to my pre-measured sizes at Lowe’s. So worth it, FREE, and the pay off was I did not have to get Captain involved in transporting them home, the wood easily fit into my small VW Beetle. If you do not have a store that will cut wood, the pieces are not wide so a handsaw or jig saw would work, and a circular saw is even quicker.

Last week’s Part I post showed my gathered inspiration. Well, it took me 4 days to complete the project. My hours are fairly lacks starting late morning, eating lunch, running around to get supplies and quitting by 4pm. I have to say, a lot of that time was spent multi-tasking laundry & cooking; so my guess is that most people would do the job in half the time if they are prepared & not scattered as I seem to be.

Before…

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Big difference, right?

3 Good Reasons to add trim molding or beef-up existing molding, it will…

  • Define your decorating style.
  • Balance the room by giving more attention upwards.
  • Architectural detail increases the perceived value of a space. $: )

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Trim added to door leading to laundry room.

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Trim added to door leading from family room to the front entry.

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(far end) Trimmed kitchen door leading to dining room was trimmed. It brings the door into better proportion to the cabinets.

Process…

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Some tips I learned

  • Draw a rough diagram of window/door with measurements and size wood pieces needed. Take it and a measuring tape with you to the store.
  • I bought white pre-primed wood. The cost is not that much more. It was a pressed wood, not regular wood, so had less warp and no knots. Sanded easily where I wanted to soften the hard edge.
  • Put up the sides first, pieces D of the window diagram, leveling them as much as possible, then the topper can just rest on them and be level.
  • Pre Drill the A & C then nail to B BEFORE putting up. In other words make the top unit first then attach to wall.
  • Pre Drill B and hammer in nails til just peeking through backside before attaching unit to wall.
  • Use a strong wood adhesive like Liquid Nails on backside of B before unit is nailed to wall.
  • Piece D, on the door diagram, was an after-thought because it needed something more to blend the door frames with the new plainer topper. I used foam molding so it was easy to adhere with liquid nails, no nails needed.
  • Paint trims & moldings with a Semi-Gloss or High Gloss paint using a professional bristle brush, like Purdy. For paint, I found Home Depot Behrs brand to go on more smoothly than Lowe’s Valspar brand. If your paint is sticky or too thick, thin it with Floetrol or similar paint additive – not water.
  • Take your wood measurements and have store cut them. I marked my wood pieces immediately after cut according to my diagram. Less confusing when I get home so get started faster.

Supplies:

Wood, hammer, drill, level, finishing nails – Use a counter sinker (a handy tool, less than $3.00) to sink all Nails- mine were Sizes 17 x1″ wire brads for attaching C to B, 3d 1.25″ finish nail for attaching A to B, and to attach the unit to the wall I did not mess around – I used Liquid Nails Adhesive then used 8d 2.25″ finish nails. By using adhesive too, I did not need to hit a stud, in fact I only hit one, making it harder to counter sink nail head. Now that you got it on the wall, counter sink all nails, patch holes B with spackle, now fill the crevice where wood is joined (A to B, B to C etc) against the wall using Painter’s Caulking, smoothing with finger. Let dry and sand the B spackled nails then mask wall with painter’s tape and give molding a final coat of paint. That’s it, no wonder it was a simple DIY. Cost: $15.00 averaged per window or door for everything, including paint, that I also used to repaint the door frames.

Captain had his own project going on outside the whole time I was inside banging on the walls.  His project is a big one, removing the fig ivy vine to make way for a new side-fence, to replace the rotted falling down one. Also in the process he is “developing” a plan for his bonsai area of the patio, which has been temporarily moved elsewhere.

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Depending on the results I will have him share that in a post when he is done. Ok, I do think he secretly wants a blog of his own, altho it would include things with wheels.

 

Thanks for Meeting Me Lakeside!

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6 thoughts on “DIY Window & Door Trim Reveal

  1. Looks wonderful and I am sure the Captain likes it too. Can’t wait to see the Captain’s project.

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