If you are a DIYer this blog post is for you! Many don’t think about giving their closets or doors a makeover, but this small detail can increase the value of your home—especially if you apply these handy-dandy tricks to your master and guest bedrooms. This blog will be broken down into two parts so look out for our second part that will come out next week!
Part one of this project can be broken down by your level of comfort with power tools/DIY crafts take a look at the three levels below:
We determine beginner based on how comfortable you are with power tools. If you are little to not comfortable then you are a beginner!
If you are someone who has a basic level of understanding/comfort with power tools and technical language you are an intermediate.
You are comfortable with power tools and have extensive background/experience with building materials and supplies.
This project is considered “intermediate” if you use the steps as we lay them out. You can simplify or go more custom based on your level of comfort with the steps below.
Step 1. Pick a Crown Moulding You Like
The way we begin this task is by selecting the crown moulding design that you want your doorway to be trimmed with. You want to find a balance between elegance and simplicity as some crown mouldings can make a door look quite busy.
Step 2. Pick a Paint Colour You Want
Most crown moulding comes in white or a white-variant. If you want to add some colour to your door/trim you will most likely need to paint the moulding.
Step 3. Cut the Moulding
You will need to trim the moulding to fit the diameter of the door frame you are working with. We suggest DIYing with a box cutter and hand saw. If you have a Mitersaw and are comfortable using it, you will save your hand from some cramping. Also, if you are comfortable with a Mitersaw (table saw) you will have cleaner edges. However, if you are a very beginner your local hardware store may be able to saw it for you!
Note: You want to be as exact as possible on your cuts so that there are no gaps in your frame. Buy a few extra pieces so you have some space for errors.
Step 4. Get Caulking
If you are advanced we recommend using an air gun but airguns are dangerous, pricey and require a compressor so if you want to avoid these we suggest using Liquid Nails Caulking as it will work just as well!
Simply apply the caulking along the edge of one piece. From there, you will want to glue the pieces together by pushing them together. Use a utility knife to remove any caulking that oozes out once it is dried.
Materials Used in Phase 1:
- 2 tubes of Liquid Nails caulking ($3 each)
- Caulking gun ($3)
- Ryobi Miter Saw TS1142L ($89)
- Home Depot Pro-pak of Crown Moulding (about $65)
- A thick sheet of wood for a stable work station ($12)
= Total Costs excluding tools: $86
Time in Phase 1:
- 2 hours on mitre cuts (not including the hour wasted with the hand saw)
- 2 hours of shopping
- 30 minutes caulking, plus several hours researching process and style.
Make sure to check back next week for Phase 2 where we talk about painting prep and hardware!
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