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DIY - Doorway Trim

doorway in between living and dining room trimmed with plain x 1 material

square grid board and batten on entire wall.

The last project added to the living room was the board and batten wall, but the room still needed some other elements like, trim around the windows, finishing installing the crown molding all around the room, and the door trim, which is the project I'm sharing today.

I added the baseboard all around the door to make it look better during the holidays. But, I didn't like how it looked, too chunky at the bottom.

Don't install hardwood floors without removing the baseboards! ugly gap

So, I removed it, and you see that ugly gap on the floor due to the hardwood floor being installed without taking off the previous baseboard. Not even mentioning the pain that was to take the puny baseboards off that hole. :/

I wanted a simple trim, but I also wanted to accentuate its width, this is a load-bearing wall, almost 7" thick. 

adding extra material to bring trim out.

This is how this decorative trim was done →
Pieces of ¼" material were added to the base to bring the trim outside that hole on the floor.
The 1 x 8 baseboard piece was then added to the inside, big enough to cover the trim on both sides.

built-ins and doorway done on a budget

1 x 4 material was then added to both sides, and top of the door frame.

1 x 2's framed the inside of the door, covering those gaps created with the addition of the ¼" material.

dining room and living room doorway trim

This is how it looked with both sides and top done.

Ryobi nailer used to add trim around doorway
18-Volt ONE+ AirStrike 18-Gauge Cordless Brad Nailer
But, in order to smooth out the transition from the 1 x 2 and again, to cover gaps, glass bead molding was added all around the inside of the door.

adding glass bead around door trim

I think it's a plain trim, but the inside paneled look gives it some interest.

how to trim a doorway with materials used.

These were all the pieces I used. This entire trim is very similar to what was done to the window right there in the office. The only thing that changed was the topper, the crown molding was changed for a simple 1 x 2.

doorway in between living and dining room trimmed with plain x 1 material

I still need to caulk, sand, and paint the entire thing, but I'm waiting to finish the trim on the windows to do all of them at the same time.

I'll be adding a pic of the finished project soon.

For more DIY ideas check these out:

wood tone and white coffered ceiling in dining room

bookcase with crown molding being added

*Ryobi Tools were given to me to try out, 
I love them so much so, they are the tools I use for my every day projects. 
All stated opinions are my own.*
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  1. Great job -- I love all the detail! Going to pick up one of the Ryobi Cordless Nailer -- thanks for recommendation.

  2. This is great and I love how it turned out. Your home is beautiful.

  3. As always, you just amaze me! You need your own DIY show on HGTV.

  4. Cristina it turned out perfect! I am trying got figure out how to work wainscoting around all of our corners. Hope it turns out as nice as your projects!

  5. Amazing! This looks fantastic! Great tutorial.

  6. Looks so good Cristina. LOVE your home!


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