Add Trim to Your Doors

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1 hour, slightly longer if you paint
Make An Entrance Everyone Will Remember!

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Want to add a little zing to your entryways? By adding new door trim, or "casings" as they're commonly called, you can really enhance the overall look of just about any room in your house!

Door trim has a strong impact on the overall style and appearance of an opening and can help define the overall style of your home's interior. Door trim also has practical applications in that it conceals the gap between the door jamb (or frame) and the rough opening and it helps to hold the frame together.

Now, there was a time that no matter what style you chose you would have been relegated to using basic wood moulding and then having to fashion the look from scratch by making tricky miter cuts.

A good alternative are the LP Prefinished Door Trim Kits. These are a simple and affordable way to add a beautiful, custom decorator touch to any entryway. They are prefinished in white and are specially designed with Rosette corner blocks—which means, no miter cuts! They don't require sanding, priming, painting, or sealing, and include all the moulding materials you need to complete the job, making them quicker to install. You can either leave them as-is or paint them to match your existing trim.

This project is easy to install and in just a matter of minutes, you can have the entryway of your dreams!

Step 1

Remember that all moulding expands and contracts. So, to minimize the "warping" effects this might have on your project, be sure to give the product at least 24 hours to acclimate to room temperature before you start.

Step 2

If you're "retrimming" your doorway, you'll first want to remove the existing trim by using a prybar. If there is a film of paint or a bead of caulk between the casing and the wall, first cut the seal with a utility knife. This will make prying off the old casing a bit easier and protect your walls from excess damage. To further protect your wall, consider placing a shim (a small piece of scrap wood) between the prybar and the wall as you work.

SAFETY TIP! Be sure to wear protective eyewear any time you're doing demolition. You might also want to consider removing any exposed nails from the casing pieces before disposing of them. Remember, when it comes to getting injured, once is too many times!

Step 3

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Your Door Trim Kit comes prefinished but if you choose to paint the product, you'll want to be sure to apply the first coat before you install it. This will make it much easier for you as you'll just need to do a few touch-ups once it's up and will keep excess paint off your walls!

JANE TIP: If you're painting your moulding, be sure to use a high quality interior latex or alkyd paint only.

Step 4

To apply the Door Trim Kit, you can use a combination of finishing nails and/or construction adhesive. (Be sure to use a construction adhesive that's made for polymer-based products). Start by applying the corner blocks first. Use finishing nails that are long enough to penetrate the blocks, the drywall and the wall studs. If you use a construction adhesive, you'll want to be sure that you allow sufficient drying time before proceeding.

JANE TIP: To make nailing the corner blocks easier, pre-drill the blocks first and position your nails in the detailed areas of the blocks to better conceal the holes.

Step 5

To install the side pieces, you'll want to first make any necessary size adjustments. Use a back saw to cut the pieces so that they fit firmly between the corner blocks. Because the joints are square there is no need for any miter cuts but to help make your square cuts even a bit more square, consider using a miter box or an electric miter saw.

Step 6

Depending on your preference, you can use construction adhesive or finishing nails to apply the side pieces. If you use nails, be sure to use a counter setter to countersink the nail heads in both the side pieces as well as the corner blocks.

Step 7

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Fill the nail holes with spackle or wood putty. Once the area has dried, sand it down and touch it up with paint as needed.

Step 8

To really give a professional look to your work, apply a latex-based white painter's caulk to all the joints. This will help fill any obvious gaps and will give your door trim a more fluid appearance. Wipe away any excess and let it dry according to the manufacturer's instructions.

...And just like that you now have an entryway that you can take pride in! So, why not give it a go in another room of the house, too? Have fun!

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