Thursday, April 18, 2013

DIY craftsman door trim

Hey there! I’m off at the SNAP Conference today and flying home tonight – whirlwind trip I tell ya! It’s funny --  the older I get the harder it is for me to leave home. I’m such a homebody in my old age. ;)

Anyway, earlier this week I made teensy bit of progress on the powder room. Don’t get too excited, it’s nothing major. But still…progress. Let’s just enjoy little bits, eh?

It was actually not even a project I had planned on doing, but before I installed the planks along the wall near the door I thought I would at least try it out.

I figured it was as good a time as any (well, really the ONLY time – after the planks are installed it probably couldn’t have happened) to try and replace the door trim.

I’ve been dreaming for YEARS about replacing our thin builder door casing to something like this:

DIY craftsman door trim

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I’ve seen this same look with crown at the top, but this simpler version has always appealed to me. (In white of course.)

The only reason I haven’t attempted it by now is my fear of removing the trim in our house – it’s IMPOSSIBLE. Seriously – I removed the baseboards in one room something like six years ago and it still has me afraid to this day. It was SO. dang. hard. to get them off.

I had our contractor guys take them off in the powder room so the hardwoods could go down and even they commented on how tough it was.

Told you. I’m no wus. It’s hard. :)

So anyway, I’ve always assumed the door trim was the same supersonic stuff. But I got a wild hair the other night and decided to try removing it. I took a razor and cut along where the trim met up with the door frame (along the caulk) and then did the same on the caulk line by the wall.

I used my crow bar to get under the trim and starting working at it and I'LL BE – it was coming off! I couldn’t believe it!:

removing door trim

I had to pull out a few lingering staples but that was it. And I don’t have any pictures of all of those steps because I was so sure it wasn’t going to work I didn’t even pull out the camera.

I should not use my camera more often. ;)

So anyway, I ended up with a trimless door and I was giddy:

DIY craftsman door trim

Seriously. I did a giddy dance.

I could tell from the pics how I wanted to put the new trim up – it’s pretty self explanatory when you look at them. I started with two 1 by 4’s cut to the height of the door frame:

DIY craftsman door trim

And then it was time for the “topper.” Again, pretty obvious from the pics on how to do it, but I had also read this post a couple weeks ago and liked how they put the topper together before they installed – that did help:

DIY craftsman door trim

I put it together using wood glue and the nail gun. It’s made up of a 1 by 2 on top, a piece of the 1 by 4 in the middle and a piece of lattice (1/4 by 2) on the bottom.

I just nailed that whole piece up when I was done:

DIY craftsman door trim

I couldn’t believe how easy it was! Installing the trim took all of about 15 minutes I think?

So crazy fast!:

DIY craftsman door trim

I still need to paint but I was so excited about it all I just had to show you. ;) This has awoken a beast though – I cannot wait to do the rest of the doors! 

New trim and paint them all black. It’s going to take forever. But at least one is kinda sorta on it’s way:

DIY craftsman door trim

I love it!

A few tips:

- I used my razor blade to get the caulk line off the area to the right where it met the paint. This was just so the new trim would lay flush against the wall.

- I sanded the door frame before I installed the new trim to knock down the caulk/paint that was there.

- I had to cut down the light switch plate a bit to make the new trim work. No biggie – just did it with the saw. :)

- I caulked up all the visible gaps in preparation for paint. (Using this awesome tool.)

- I used pine in here just in case we ever have a water issues, but will probably use mdf in other rooms. I’ll try both and see how the mdf holds up.

I found this image on Pinterest that shows what I did, and the window frame version as well (ohhhh, how I hope our window sills come off as easy!):

craftsman door and window trim

(source)

It’s really so easy – it took me longer to take off the trim and sand everything down than it did to install the new stuff!

So, there you go! You know how you avoid something for years because you think it will be so hard and then it’s totally easy? Yeah, never happens to me either. Except for this time. ;)

28 comments:

  1. Love the new door trim! Great tutorial! Have a safe and wonderful trip.

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  2. That's exactly what we did to our doors around our house. Starting three years ago...they're still not done!! Aaaah!! Love it.

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  3. That's exactly what I want to do to my doors and windows! Thanks so much for the diagram and how to. It looks great... and so easy!

    I wanna paint my doors black too... but I'm kinda scared. LOL

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    1. Karen, I am in the exact same boat! This post couldn't have come at a better time! I LOVE the way the black doors look, but as I am getting for resale in a year, I am wondering if it might be safer to stay with white? If it was my forever house, I would totally go for it!!

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  4. This is so awesome! Until I married my husband, I had no idea about all this kind of stuff. We changed out our trim when we first moved into the house and I can't believe the difference it makes! I'm excited to see what color you paint it/stain it :)

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  5. gorgeous trim and looooving the idea of black doors throughout. We have almost identical door/window trim, but it is (gasp) natural fir, not white. Whilst I love me some white trim and am in no way a wood type of gal, I do love our natural fir doors and trim. It fits our home perfectly =)

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  6. Thank you so much for this! Every night I look at all the doorways and windows and stare with hatred at the trim the previous owners went with....I think this has given me the push I neded to make the change!

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  7. Looks great. I love the craftsman look. We had that look in our old house, one of the things I miss about a newly built home. But that's great that you can just DIY the look you want. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. That looks awesome! BUT a little daunting... great job! I'm in love with black doors too, just have to convince my hubby! :)

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  9. Great look! You're so handy!

    Susan
    http://simplymodernhome.com/

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  10. You are so going to get me in trouble with my husband. LOL I now have a new project to add to my ever-growing list.

    This is just fabulous and looks so easy!

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  11. You've inspired me! I've got similar trim in my house, and am getting new windows soon. I can do this!!

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  12. Wow, what a difference something so small can make! I may do this around the doors in my new studio, I love it!

    When we bought our fixer upper there was chair rail around the living/dining area and all the way down the hall (who puts chair rail in a hall??) I knew it all had to go and James said that would be easy. Wrong! It was caulked so thick under there! Imagine when you start to spackle, like that thick! He did the living/dining area, put big gouges in the walls, it was a mess. Suddenly the chair rail in the hallway wasn't so bad. lol, it's still there 8 years later!

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  13. Oh my gosh! I have ALWAYS wanted that kind of trim! It looks amazing, Sarah!

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  14. Love your site, I have been reading since at least 2009! I had one suggestion though, have you thought about painting before you install? It might save you time in the end and the project would be (almost) complete by the time you install. Can't wait to see the rest of the doors!

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  15. love!! We're moving into an ooold Craftsman house with that delicious thick molding - all dark wood - and we're SO excited :) :)

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  16. Looks so professionally made Sarah!!!!

    BTW, like I mentioned about your drawer pulls, I already finished my craft room, check it out if you have the time. Again, thanks for introducing the drawer pulls to me!!! :-)

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  17. It looks great! We started replacing our trim 1 1/2 years ago and we're almost done. It's been a lot of work to tackle all the doors and windows in our house, but it is one of my favorite features. I haven't told my husband yet, but we're moving outside when we're done to put trim up on the exterior of the house. He should just run when I say,"I have an idea..."

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  18. That looks great! It is exactly what I have been trying to explain to the hubby that I wanted done. Now I can just show him this post. Thanks!

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  19. What great detail...love how it looks, Sarah!

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  20. Now that makes the door stand out! I like the width.

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  21. This was eye-opening for me! For some reason, the trim around several of the interior doors is different from the rest of the trim in the house, which is driving me nuts (every single door knob is different too, which is also very annoying - example: on one door, one side is brass and the other brushed nickel, ahhh!). For some reason, I thought the trim around the door was part of the frame and could not be removed. THANK YOU for showing me that I was wrong. I can now standardize the trim in the house!

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  22. I'm always encouraged to read trim posts! It seems these days directions are becoming far less difficult. Compare this to something in Woodworking mag? N way. I have 15 pocket doors, 8 windows and 2 regular doors to trim. I just gotta figure out the jam part and I'll be fine! Thanks for the clear instructions.

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  23. Great project Sarah, I love the DIY decor you come up with! I only have a few hours when my kids are out. How long could this project take, and what was the cost?

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    1. It only took me 15 minutes or so to get the wood cut and up, but if you don't have as much experience you will want to plan for longer for this project. I can't remember how much my wood was -- I went with slightly nicer pine but regular pine is super cheap. Good luck!

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  24. What are you using for base and crown? Thats where I'm stuck!!

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  25. I have the same question as Kandace, especially re: crown. I am going to go with a 1 x 6 for the baseboard, I loved it's clean look. Also, what type of nail gun do you use and size of nails? Thanks so much for posting this, you give me the courage to forge ahead!!

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