DIY Window & Door Trim Reveal


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.




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. $: )




Trim added to door leading to laundry room.


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


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




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.


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.


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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