Trim Installation: A Beginner’s Guide


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Pinterest Facebook Twitter Beginners are now able to install! Crown Shaping, Chair Rail, Window & Door Frame, Shade Box Edging – Jenny did it all as a complete beginner and she shares what she learned so she can do it too! More for You: The Ultimate Guide to Wainscoting – DIY Craftsman Window Decoration (No Angle Cut!) – Tutorials and Tips for Trimming and Pouring Trim Installation: A Beginner’s Guide This post contains affiliate links, which allow us to continue offering plenty of DIY ideas at no cost to you. Learn more here A quick remodeling note: Before you pick up the perfect trimming and start cutting, be sure to practice with an inexpensive piece of die (or scrap) until you understand how the corners will work. Jenny recommends some of the resources below, so read, watch, practice and practice some videos! By Jenny MacArthur When I first opened the instruction manual for a compound miter saw, all I saw were warnings about the accessories one could lose if the saw was used incorrectly. I was so scared and intimidated that it was three months before I tried to use the saw again. Unfortunately, power tool manuals are written for people who already know how to use tools, not for beginners in the DIY field like me. The manual will not tell you the basics such as how to release the blade lock. (It only took me nearly an hour to figure out how to do it!). But I stuck with it. You found out, and you can too! To complete a large-scale trim project, I recommend (I’m not a professional, just a DIY-er) the following: 1. Researching How to Install Trim When I started my first cutting project, I had no experience installing a trimmer. Before I price wood, think about what tools I will need, or do anything else, I watched several YouTube tutorials. I searched under keyword terms like “how”, “wainscoting” or “how” and “crown molding.” This gave me an idea of ​​what I was doing. It’s also how I learned to install the pieces (along with the help of the two books listed below). 2. Create a workspace, if possible, allocate a dedicated workspace where your tools are organized and accessible and where there is enough space to work comfortably with long and impractical pieces of decoration. 3. Get tools and supplies I have found the following tools absolutely essential for my large-scale pruning project. Rent, borrow or buy, but you have to get it. (These tools represent a big investment. If you are doing a big enough project, it will be worth buying, but for a smaller project, rent or borrow.) Compound miter saw (a sliding compound saw is ideal, but a regular 12 ″ machine would work just fine). I used DeWalt. 18-inch nailer (for shade boxes), 16-inch finished nailer (for crown shaping) and air compressor. I bought it as a 3-tool combo set and I was very happy with it. Brad nails and ShopVac finish nails to clean all of the saw dust you’ll create. I found a ShopVac wet / dry 8 gallon capacity at Costco. 24 ° torpedo level tape measure and 9 multi-purpose torpedo levels a protractor pencil wood filler sponge sanding stopper. After several trials, this DAP dam is my favorite. Caulk Gun crown forming diagram that tells you the degrees to which the saw should be adjusted for cutting angles. I used the comprehensive scheme provided in Crown Molding & Trim: Install it like a Pro, but I learned all the practical knowledge I need to cut crown molding on pages 128-137 of Trim Complete, which has excellent pictures for attaching clear instructions. A bag of pre-cut scraps marked with corners. I cut several different pieces of scrap (ogee molding for shade boxes and chair rail molding) in degree increments to use to find out the angles. I preferred using a protractor to measure the angles to form the crown, but found that for chair rails and shadow boxes, it was faster to use scrap edge samples. For example, I cut pieces of scrap chair rail at 15 °, 18 °, 20 °, 25 °, etc. And then, when I came across a corner where two walls meet, I was holding two pieces of my scrap trim (cut at different angles) until I found the two corners that came together for the best fit. This is how I defined the angles to cut each of the pieces. BuildCalc app and This Is Carpentry tutorial on how to use it. This app saved me from all kinds of headaches when designing shadow boxes. I simply measured the wall and figured out how many shadow squares I wanted there to be and then entered the numbers into the app to find out the spacing. Trim Wood Ladder or 4-Step Ladder. Planning all the details to come up with a design for my cutting work I have looked at sites like Houzz and Pinterest for ideas. (Remodel note: We also have a post here with lots of wainscoting patterns.) Once I decided what I wanted to do, I measured all the walls and calculated how much wood I would need. A word to the wise, give yourself lots of bonuses. You will not be able to fully use each of the pieces and you will definitely make mistakes. If you are going to do a large multi-room project like I did, I recommend making a small room first to see how much wood you will really need (it will be more than fine measurements) and how much time it takes. Some of the rooms in my house already have a crown mold and chair bulkhead, so I simply matched what was already in place for the new trim work. I’ve priced the lumber I need at Lowe’s, Home Depot, and in my local log yards. I found I could get the best deal at a local wood yard and ordered from there. A lumber yard was also delivered (for a fee), which was very helpful, given the size of my project. Store the wood indoors where you will stabilize it and give it 3 or 4 days at room temperature before using it. 5. Draw on your walls. I painted the last piece of decoration on the wall before making any cuts or pinning anything in place. It is easier to make adjustments to drawings in pencil than to wood. I measured from the floor to the top of the chair rail mold, making a mark on the wall roughly every 18 inches. Then I used my plane to draw a straight horizontal line connecting all the marks so I know exactly where to place the pieces. Same for shadow squares. I then measured where they would go and used my level to draw straight lines connecting all the marks. Also, when I drew the lines, I measured them at the time and wrote the measurements on the walls (I checked the measurements twice before cutting any wood.) When it came time to attach the wood, I could only align it with pencil marks (though, at the time of installation, I was still verifying that the cutting piece was straight using a level). 6. Nailing When nail time comes, remember that you will have to fill each nail hole with wood filler. Don’t go crazy, but you also want your pruning to be stable and safe. I found that if you put a nail in each corner (not too close to the edge, or you’ll risk splitting the wood) and about every 8 to 10 inches, that’s a lot. 7. Finishing Finishing work (wood filler, sanding, caulking) seems to be as time consuming as measuring, cutting and nailing, but it is the finishing that makes your trim look really beautiful. Nail holes. Use wood filler, not caulk, to fill in the nail holes. Use a light hand with wood filler as you will have to sand whatever is dry on your trim. I suggest using a slightly damp cloth to wipe the freshly filled nail holes to reduce sanding later. Sanding. Sanding sponges are great for carving molds and most trimming work with minimal wood filler to be sanded. Plugging. You’ll feel like you’ve saddled miles of welds, but do it! This will give you the smooth look as the wood appears to grow out of the wall. As mentioned above, this is my favorite dam (I’ve tried several different types over the course of my project). Buy by condition to save money. You will use a lot of things! Get caulking tips like a pro here. I wish you good luck with your project. If you can, you can! I’ve put in hundreds of feet of decorations: chair rail, crown molding, and dozens of shade boxes. (The shelves and rack around the fireplace in the family room were built by a carpenter, not me.) I accomplished every last part of the mission myself. A general contractor has come to me to take a look at all of the cutting work I’ve done. He told me that if I had hired him to do the work, he would have paid me at least $ 10,000. The lumber for my entire project cost me about $ 1500. The paint colors are Benjamin Moore White Dove (white) and Restoration Hardware Silver Sage (Light Blue). With Sherwin Williams Naval for the navy blue, I hired someone to paint the whole thing after I finished installing the tracery. It took about 200 hours over a period of about 4 months. It started when I was eight months pregnant and ended when my newborn was around 6 weeks old. I wouldn’t recommend doing it this way. However, I love all of it and I’m so glad I worked to overcome my fears and completed this mega project. I love that! ——————————————- Thank you so much for sharing your tips and your wonderful home with us, Jenny! Also check: Please install this for future reference! Originally Posted on 07.07.2015 // Updated 04.14.2021 Pinterest Facebook Twitter Remodelaholic is a participant in Amazon Services LLC Associates, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a way for sites to earn ad fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Please see our full disclosure here. We love hearing from our colleagues at Remodelaholics, so let us know what you like about it and leave any questions below in the comments. If you followed a tutorial or were inspired by something you’ve seen here, we’d love to see pictures! Submit pictures here or by message us on Facebook. Publication date: April 17, 2021, registered under: Before and After, DIY, Guest Bloggers, How-To, Informative, Recreate Inspiration by Room Tagged: Newbie, Crown Templates, Tips & Tricks, Trim, Wainscoting. For her, there is nothing more satisfying than knowing how to DIY it! It runs a little bit of everything. . . Home renovation, decoration, graphic design, cake decorating and baking. . . Everything that catches her eye at the moment. We welcome following her along with her DIY adventures on her Instagram account @turnip_greens_sweet_tea


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