Update Interior Door Trim

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?

Measure Twice, Cut Once (I do not take credit for this amazing sign)

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

  1. Miter saw
  2. Measuring tape
  3. Pencil
  4. Air Nailer
  5. Caulk
  6. Wood Glue
  7. Primer
  8. Paint (I use Behr “High Hide White” for all my trim)
  9. Painter Tape
  10. Paint Brush / Roller

Want to try it and have questions?