Because Our DIY House is a very square, simple foursquare craftsman home I wanted our window and door trim inside to reflect that style.
After virtually rummaging through trim photos on Pinterest, I decided I wanted casings and baseboards that were quite square, and I wanted to keep the profile simple with just a bit of detail at the top and bottom. It had to be something we could DIY, but still add some character to our new home.
My mom enjoys doing finishing carpentry, and she’s a huge Windsor Plywood fan. She assured me our local West Edmonton store would have just the profile of MDF casing & baseboards that I was looking for to make our DIY simple craftsman / shaker trim and she was right!
Was I ever excited when Windsor Plywood West Edmonton wanted to partner with me on our trim project! Josh, the manager, knew exactly the right shaker-style casings and baseboards I was looking for after I emailed him a description and an inspiration photo of what we wanted. I was looking for MDF trim, because it was cost-effective and I was painting everything semi-gloss white anyhow.
This trim is super-duper simple and it’s a great price (plus, Windsor Plywood always has awesome sales!). It’s square and flat with a very slightly rounded edge.
I decided on having the tops and bottoms of my window casings jut out from the side casings 3/4″. The door frames will be the same. This makes for a lot of straight, easy cuts that I was able to do all by myself. Bonus!
Here’s how I installed our DIY simple crafstman trim:
I used a cross cut saw for all of the cuts. (Now I want to build all sorts of things after learning new tools!)
Since the casing is 3″ wide (the baseboards are 4″ wide) and we wanted a 1/4″ reveal of the window frame before the casing began, my formula was as follows:
Side casings = window inside height measurement + 1/2″ (x2 pieces)
Top casings = window inside width measurement + 8″ (6″ for the trim + 1/2″ reveal + 1 1/2″ jut-out) (x2 pieces)
I carefully measured and cut the windows one at a time, and if there were two or three the same I cut the pieces all together.
My wonderful little sis (and my brother too!) helped me paint the casing. We gave everything a light sand (and sanded the short ends of the top and bottom pieces) and then coated them once with our trim paint (with a foam roller – my favourite for a smooth finish).
I cut a “jig” out of a 1/4″ thick piece of plywood that I could use as a measuring stick when I placed the casings on the window (since they needed to be 1/4″ from the inside of the window). Once I had the casings placed, I nailed the top and the bottom to the wall with a nail gun (another awesome tool!), and then the middle once or twice (depending on the length of the casing).
I repeated with the second side.
(I forced Hubby to take these pictures of me doing this because I’m so terribly proud that I’ve done our trim myself… even though he’s built the rest of the house… )
Then the bottom (I eyeballed the 3/4″ on each side, mostly).
And finally, I nailed the top piece on. If there were any unsightly spaces due to my measurements being off, I filled those with caulking. Nothing was too off, thankfully!
Caulking is really a handy material. After I nailed the trim in place, I caulked around the inside edge (where the casing meets the window). The smaller the hole in your caulking tube, the better!
My mom taught me this trick: go over your caulking beads immediately with a damp cloth to clean away any excess right away. This goes for the nail hole filling, too!
The nail holes also need to be filled with caulking, as do the little indentations on the tops and bottom of the trim that you see.
I’ve left some of this fiddly work for later – along with a final coat of paint once the nail holes are sanded and the caulking is complete.
Aren’t they so simple and lovely?
I really think this trim gives off the vibe I was looking for: craftsman character, yet simple and modern.
I love how the trim around our transom windows by the fireplace made the windows really pop!
The contrast of the white trim with Little C’s electric purple room is wonderful! I’ve also made some easy DIY fabric-covered black out roller shades to hang in the windows and I’ll share that tutorial next.
Thanks for such a great product to work with, Windsor Plywood, and for all of your friendly help on this fun DIY. I feel like I can conquer the world now!
What do you think of our simple craftsman trim? Are you ready to master a saw and nail gun for your next home reno project?
(Disclosure: This post is sponsored in part by Windsor Plywood West Edmonton. The views and opinions expressed here are purely my own.)
This post is part of my “Our DIY House” series where I’ll share with you my most exciting DIY ever – building a country house from the foundation up with my talented hubby! We’re crazy, we’re creative, we’re on a limited budget and we’re planning on having it finished in the Spring of 2013.