I never really thought about craftsman style door trim for my interior doors until I got my new laminate floors. I’m so happy with the way the floors look that as we were putting down the new baseboard, I decided to cut the baseboard short in order to allow the chunkier door trim. It did look a little funny for a few weeks with the baseboard not reaching the original door frames. But I just overlooked it.
Materials for Craftstman style trim
I made a trip to the store to pick up a bunch of 1x4’s, and stop pine. See receipt below.
I bought 8 footers for the sides of the doors and 6 footers for the header pieces. The smaller 1x4 bed slats were ripped on the table saw to be used as the top of the header. The stop was the lower portion of the header. It will all make more sense as you see the details. This was enough for 3 doors inside and outside.
Can I Shellac boards to cover knots?
Because the boards had a lot of knots in them, the first thing I did was give them a couple of quick coats of shellac to seal the knots. I’m not sure it really helped all that much.
Creative drying option for painted lumber
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I used these little furniture mover wheels under the legs of the ladder to make it mobile.
The days were warm, but the nights were very cold. I put a total of 4 coats of paint on each board. All the coats were semi-gloss. Each day I had to roll the ladder into the carport. The ladder and the boards were much too heavy to navigate without the little wheels.
Allow painted lumber to cure indoors
Because it was so cold, I needed to bring all the boards in to let them acclimate to the indoors. The guestroom was piled up for about a week. Then… it was a week before Christmas and it was crunch time.
Prepare to hang new craftsman style trim
This is how the baseboard looked while Jamie and Andy were here for Thanksgiving. When Rodney and I put the baseboard down we he measured so there would be room for the wider chunkier craftsman style trim. Look at that pitiful plaster that crumbles whenever it’s disturbed!
Speaking of crumbling plaster! Yikes what the heck happened here?
Prevent plaster mishap by scoring with utility knife
I promise I scored it with a utility knife. But there was so much caulk, apparently I didn’t get through all the layers. I was prying on the inside of the door trim. I heard the plaster crumbling, but I had no idea it was THAT bad. What a mess!
How to install Craftsman Style Door Trim
Needless to say, I did heavy duty scoring on all of the other pieces of door trim. On the left is the master bedroom (I hate calling it that, since there is no mr). Straight on is the guest room. To the right (not visible) is the bathroom door that crumbled so much.
This is the header for the bathroom. I assembled the headers on the floor and then installed them after they were touched up with paint.
Touch up paint
See? I had pre-painted the boards, but cutting them to make the headers left unpainted surfaces. TIP: cut off the rough sawn edge of each board before making your cut. These edges are difficult to paint.
On one of the headers, I decided to use a raw edge and had to paint it. For quick and easy touch ups like this I use cheap chip brushes. I know a lot of people use these as “throw away” brushes, but not me! I use them for months. They improve with age. You can see this one’s been in use awhile.
On the inside of the door, the wider craftsman trim interfered with the hinges. I used a utility knife to whittle the board.
This is the same board after it was sanded and painted. My little Lulu Mae thinks it was time to take a break to go outside and “throw ball”. We did. Who could resist that pitiful look?
Assemble Craftsman Style Trim
This is how I put the header together. I used my kreg multi-mark tool to get all the headers to match.
My nail gun made this job go very quickly. I used it to assemble the headers and to secure all the trim to the wall. I’m working on the kitchen island. I made it at a comfortable height so I can do projects like this without stooping over.
Patch plaster mishap
Here is the lovely patch job on the crumbled wall. After this last coat set up, I used a damp cloth to wipe away the drywall mud. Wet sanding drywall is so much better when you don’t want the dust everywhere. The damp rag got rid of all the thin layers of mud, leaving just the part that needed patching.
I even found the original paint in the craft room and was able to touch up the paint. I do plan to repaint with a more neutral color later in the spring. I’m so over this color!
Aren’t you so jealous of my 1950’s light fixture? I’ve been in this house for 42 years, you would think I would have changed everything out by now. There are still a few original things hanging in there. Truth in blogging. After doing the first doorway with the new craftsman style trim, I wasn’t loving it. For a couple of days I was asking myself why I spent all this time and money on doing this project that didn’t really need to be done? I had made a decision on a whim, but after the baseboard was down I was committed to going through with it.
It took about a week for me to say “I love it”. When my daughter Jamie arrived for Christmas, I wasn’t home. When I arrived I asked her “did you notice the hallway”? She did not. After flipping the light on she said she loved it too!!! It’s a small difference that most of my friends and family won’t even notice, but I’m glad I did it now. Thanks to Thrifty Decor Chick for the inspiration on this project.
I still have the inside of the master bedroom and the inside of the bathroom to do. The trim has not been removed, the original trim is still in place. I will probably do them when I work on the bedroom closet makeover.
What do you think? Should I have left well enough alone? Or do you love the new chunky craftsman style door trim?
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.