Installing door trim and baseboard

Let’s move on to the interior door trim and floor trim. You can use baseboards or trim pieces to line your doors, windows, floors or ceilings. Real wood is in very high demand and it almost always raises the value of your house much higher than it would be without wood trim.

If you can get a good deal on hardwood boards then definitely go for it. Oak is particularly beautiful and you can find many shades of stain.

It’s worth the extra money spent. I lined my entryways with oak, but used painted finger-joint pine trim for my doorways and windows. I wished I would have gone with oak throughout, but it’s a big difference in price at a time when money is tight.

installing oak trim

There are many different kinds of trim styles and colors to choose from. If you’re really on a budget, you can get the finger joint pine and paint it. That actually looks pretty good. You can also buy some pre-painted trim and save some time by not having to paint it.

installing floor moulding

This is how the trim pieces are cut to fit together. There is the scarf joint that joins trim pieces in a line.

floor trim

There’s the coped joint that’s used for inside corners, and there’s the outside miter joint for outside corners. This is the simplest way to do baseboards.

cutting baseboard

The coped joint is a little tricky. You need to cut the end of the molding at a 45-degree angle with the backside longer than the front side.

Take a coping saw and cut along the contour. Once that’s done, bring the two pieces together to see how they fit.

If the joints don’t match up very well, you can make adjustments with a utility knife or some sand paper. If you’re planning on painting the baseboards, you can dab a little silicone in the joints or cracks.

The easiest way to cut trim pieces when installing interior door trim is with a miter saw, but not everyone can afford one, so a three dollar miter box, either plastic or wood and a five dollar back saw work just as well.

Trim pieces for doors and windows are pretty much 45 degree angles. That makes it really easy to get a lot of work done in a short time.

In my house, I made the trim work a little more challenging and put in several small arches that give it personality.

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