Hey if I can do it, you can do it!
It’s a relatively simple process, but it does require basic math skills to prevent my typical ‘measure twice, cut once, swear a little, measure two more times, cut a new board’ routine.
Speaking of, have you seen this?
So my door started like this, shown below. Remember now, we live in a 1980s “I Love Builder’s Grade Oak” traditional house so I started with painting the trim only. Just wasn’t enough, especially with beautiful solid core doors (which have also been updated to white).
I grabbed some select wood at the lumber yard and started painting. I primed and did the first coat of white before I hung them on the door frame because it’s just easier for me to make a mess on my paint table instead of the walls. I am not a clean painter!
The bottom 1×2 is at the base of the door jam. Please remember to measure everything 18 times before you cut the pieces. I measured what I thought was the door frame, cut the vertical 1×4, and ended up 12 inches short. There was swearing involved, I guarantee it.
I didn’t take any during photos, but you’re only here for the after shots, right? It’s a very nice farmhouse style trim or modern style trim – it can work either way. And the best part is, it doesn’t cost much! This might be $15 worth of wood and I used painting supplies I already had.
List of Tools Needed
- Miter saw
- Measuring tape
- Air Nailer
- Wood Glue
- Paint (I use Behr “High Hide White” for all my trim)
- Painter Tape
- Paint Brush / Roller
Want to try it and have questions?