Ordinary to Extraordinary {Wooden Door Trim}

My best friend called one day with a plan…she had a beautiful new home, but she wanted the molding detail of older homes. She is also married to an amazing man, but he doesn’t tend to get as excited about projects as we do. There was no way we were talking him into taking perfectly good molding down just to put up different molding…

Hence the plan…no taking down…just adding to.

Here is what her molding looked like before…

Just plan builders molding. BORRRRRIIIINNNG!!!!!! What I have in my house…but boring just the same…heheeee.

Boring no more!

We did all the doors and windows in the main part of her house.

Sorry I don’t have any “during” pictures..we actually did this before I was blogging… but you can see in this picture that we simply took a board and laid it on top of the molding…put a piece of trim over the seam and then put a small crown molding on top of that…

Voila! Her room went from ordinary to extraordinary in just one afternoon!

Update: Heheee…My daughter just read the draft of this post and said….”You simply did what?”

Guess I better let Mr. Amazing try to explain this a little better…

You can kind of see in this picture that we got some 1×6 hardwood and cut it to exactly the same length as the top casing (trim). You want to use either a nice piece of hardwood, (ash, oak, etc) or a piece of kiln dried clear fir (no knots) to get a nice smooth presentation. This 1×6 is attached directly over the top casing with a finish nail in each corner. Then we added a 1/2″ piece of half-round trim over the seam between the casing and our 1×6. We then used our miter box and some finish nails to wrap the top edge of the 1×6 with small crown molding.

See? Like I said…voila!

This project is so easy and really gives you a huge bang for your buck.

Have you ever added molding like this?

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26 Responses to Ordinary to Extraordinary {Wooden Door Trim}

  1. LOVE THIS! And it’s easy. Let’s see if I can talk my husband into it.

  2. What a fabulous addition to existing molding! I love it! You have me looking around at all my door molding now….uh oh. I feel a project coming on…

  3. Wow! what a difference this made! I am trying to figure out how i can make this work in my own home…..off to Home depot!

  4. Looks great..what a great way to give an “old house” charm to doorways and windows!


  5. Lindy@ Itsy Bitsy Paper

    This is fantastic! I love the way it changes the whole look of the room. Great job

  6. Your right that made the trim molding turn from drab to fab. Great choice.
    Visiting from Between Naps on the Porch.
    Great Job 🙂

  7. This turned out great! Really makes a difference!

  8. gayle

    You forgot to tell them to add a big heaping dose of a good friend to help!!!!

  9. I love this idea! Our little 1951 cottage could use a little moulding (or molding – I’m a teacher so I have to spell it right and both spellings are right – LOL) beef up like this. Great idea! I’m bookmarking your post! Thanks!

  10. We’ve been re-doing our kitchen and I’ve been looking for something to spice up the moulding around the windows… This might just be what I’m looking for! Thanks for the fun idea!!!

  11. Love the trim. I am a new follower, saw you on DIY show off.

  12. I love this! I too have the boring builders molding and would love to add some character!!! You ladies did a fantastic job!

  13. Diane, this looks fabulous!! I totally want to do that to our doors now. Thanks so much for linking it up to the molding party, and I’ll be highlighting your post tomorrow! 🙂

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  15. That looks absolutely amazing! It also looks like something that I could do without the hubs! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Beautiful! I am such a sucker for moldings, they just totally make me happy!

    I would love to have you come do a special guest post about this on my blog Remodelaholic if you are interested, let me know, I will send you the details!

    Thanks, Cassity

  17. Suz Davison

    What a creative way to update interior doors. Just to take it one step further, I recently purchased a home in Florida that has 4 HUGE sliding glass doors across the back. They weren’t trimmed out with casing or anything … just sheetrock.

    I picture-framed around the 4 doors using 2″ x 10″ lumber on each side, nailing on a 3″ wide piece which had been run thru a router for a rounded edge, and then stacked the 2″ x 12″ piece on top of that. To finish the top, I used another piece of 3″ wide trim which had also been routered to a curved edge. Since the sliders are the 1st thing you see when you walk in the door, it is quite impressive. Stained all the wood in an espresso color and absolutely love the look!

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  19. SO THRILLED to see your pictures. These give me just the inspiration I need!
    Thank you!

  20. Cassie

    Perfection!!! I have exactly the same issue. Boring builder trim in my beautiful new home. The trim is really the only thing I don’t like as it looks cookie cutter. So my husband would think I was nuts and never agree to the cost of having it replaced. SOOO sad that my otherwise picturesque home has to wear such unispiring threads! (hee hee) I have looked for ideas online to beef up the existing trim and was never able to find anything. SO glad I tried again and found your blog! Many thanks!

  21. K

    This is such a brilliant idea. Add to!!! I really have to do this.

    Wonder how the doors would look painted black?

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