A small doorway update that adds a ton of character! from Thrifty Decor Chick

A small doorway update that adds a ton of character! from Thrifty Decor Chick


Hey there! I am back again with a quite brief Diy that I am working on throughout the property. I Really like the character it adds to our property!

It failed to acquire too extended following we moved in for me to begin altering out some of the door trim in the residence. I did this chunky Craftsman trim on all of our doorways in the outdated property and beloved it. I didn’t have our builder do it here since I wasn’t guaranteed exactly where I required it.

We have WAY additional doorways in this article — largely just open up types that lead from one place to a different. I felt like possessing it on just about every solitary doorway would be as well considerably. But some are just contacting out for it, like this tall opening to our lobby:

Adding thick Craftsman door trim to doorway
You have to go and see the in advance of to see the variance that uncomplicated trim made!

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On individuals greater doorways, I prepare to change all of the trim with thicker all around. But when doing the job on the minimal wallpapered hallway last 12 months, I understood I could attempt leaving the side trim and just switch the prime: 
Blue and white floral wallpaper small hallway

It turned out Terrific and I was hooked! Now my strategy is to keep on the widest doorways with all new trim all all over, and then end these smaller sized ones with the accent of the Craftsman header only. 

On the scaled-down, a lot more normal doorways, I will not strategy on changing out the trim at all. I imagine it will be a good combine that adds just more than enough character about the home.  

My next spot to tackle was this a person in between our kitchen and the mud space: 

Using space on the side of fridge for storage

I took pictures of the genuine process this time so I can show you the tool I use!

Including the header is SO A great deal less function and time than changing all of the trim, so it truly is a superior solution for any person who wants to add some depth and top to doors. 

Cutting door trim on the wall

My previous tool pooped out on me, so I picked up this 1 and it labored fantastic!: 

Oscillating cutting tool

It billed quickly and held the cost the complete time. As you can see, it was simpler to use when I positioned the noticed attachment at an angle as a substitute of straight on. 

You can want to use a razor blade to lower as a result of any caulk on the inside of and exterior of the door trim, then you can start out pulling it absent from the wall. A crowbar does the trick: 

Cutting down door trim

Get your time as you do this — you want to make positive you’ve cut all the way through the trim or it could begin pulling a lot more than you want away from the wall. 

When I change all of the trim I have to reduce down the baseboards, recaulk all all around and paint of class. This cuts that down massive time because it can be concentrated to just the header. 

From time to time I will build my header first and then just put it on top rated of the trim. Which is what I did this time: 

How to build a Craftsman style door header

I am going to show you the exact trim parts I made use of in a little bit. First, here’s the ultimate end result immediately after a few coats of paint: 

Replace header over doorway without removing all trim

You’ll require to caulk where by the new and previous meet to make it appear like it begun that way. I really like how it appears alongside one another!

I come across it less difficult to paint this just before set up, and then do one far more coat immediately after filling the nail holes (I use a nail gun to attach it to the wall).

Here’s a search at the prior to and just after:

DIY cutting board rack on side of fridge
DIY chunky door header trim

Here’s one more view from this facet: 

White kitchen brass hardware

And the view from the mud area: 

Large DIY chalkboard in mud room

Any person see where I stopped painting this home? Haha! Which is subsequent on my list.

This is a visual on how to set these headers with each other — you can make ahead of set up or put it collectively on the wall. Possibly way functions excellent! (I discover it easier to paint if you make them initially):

How to build chunky Craftsman door header

This is a facet perspective of the a single in excess of our larger doorway. For the narrower location in the kitchen I made use of a 1×6 due to the fact I did not have as considerably space earlier mentioned. 

I hope this gives you improved visible of how to put these jointly! They are really basic to develop and make a even larger variance than you would assume for these kinds of a small job. I invested $20 to switch the header on the two sides of the kitchen area doorway (I experienced some lattice leftover so that saved me a few bucks). 

How to replace window trim with thicker craftsman trim


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