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5 Steps to Install Farmhouse Door Trim

A beautiful door is the first welcoming feature that anybody sees in your house. If your doorway looks weather-beaten and messy, you will not have peace of mind. You can avoid this embarrassment by getting a beautiful trim. Read along for a guide on how to install farmhouse door trim.

Tools and Material That You Need for Installing Farmhouse Door Trim

  • Utility knife
  • Tape measure
  • Eye protection glasses
  • Mason’s level
  • Caulk gun
  • Caulk that dries fast
  • Putty and putty knife
  • Piece of cloth
  • A medium-sized hammer
  • Pry bar
  • Sander and sandpaper(120-grit)
  • Miter saw
  • Nail gun
  • Poplar boards
  • Gloss paint (white)

A Look at Some Useful Video Guides:

Before anything, you need to have an elaborate plan. You can do this by making a rough sketch of how you want your door to look like after installing trims, WCMA Window & Door is a great resource.

Once the drawing is ready, collect all the tools and materials and have them available. Experts at Perspective Design explain this process in their YouTube video.

Installing the trims will require you to cut them at 45 degrees. Cutting quarter rounds may be tricky since it requires accuracy. It is not as difficult as it sounds- you can hack it well if you follow instructions.

Here is an illustration video by Tech Talk. You can refer to it in addition to the tips below.

You may also have to paint the trims before and after installation. While anybody can paint anything, you need to give your trims a professional appearance. You do not need to hire a pro since it is straightforward.

You only need to use the right paint and use the proper strokes of your brush. You also need to apply at least two coats for the best results. Here is a video by Howcast that provides you with an invaluable guide.

Steps to Follow in Installing Farmhouse Door Trims:

Step 1. Removing Old Trim like a Pro

You can remove trim without causing any damage to the wall or the wood. The first step should be cutting out dried paint with a utility knife. Gently place a pry bar near where there are filled nails. Doing this will help you remove the trim without causing any damage to the wall.

Pry out the trim a little at fast. Introduce a putty knife to support the trim so that it does not crack. After that, move to the next filled nail stud and repeat this process.

After you are through with all the studs, you may now start pulling off the trim. You can use the hammer to remove the nails gently through the back. Make sure they do not bend or break in the process.

Pro Tips:

Use small to medium-sized pry bars to remove trims.

Cut paint away with a sharp-blade utility knife, have several knives where possible.


Step 2. Prepare the New Trim

The preparation stage will involve measuring and cutting. This step requires you to pay keen attention to detail- it can make or break your project. Here Is How to Measure:

Start with the short end of the 45-degree miter cut that you will make.

  • This will involve measuring one side of the door from the floor finish up to a quarter-inch beyond the top (left or right)
  • Repeat for the other side and record the measurements
  • Measure the most significant dimensions of the middle, bottom, and top parts of the door-frame from inside. Add a half-inch to each and record the measurements.

Cutting the trims may provide some challenges as far as preciseness is concerned. Nevertheless, with the right tools and a focused mind, it will be hassle-free. This is what you should know about the cutting process:

  • Set the angle of your miter saw to 45 degrees and cut the two pieces accordingly. Ensure you shave the mites so that they can fit perfectly.
  • You can do this by adjusting the angle on the miter saw so that you can cut accurately.

Pro Tips:

  • Get an excellent blade for your miter saw. Carbide trim blades are the best.
  • Any home improvement store can provide a compressor on rent. Use it together with a nailer to hold the molding so that you can utilize your hands in shaping.

Step 3. Paint the Trims before Installing

  • You will need to utilize the sander and sandpaper. Sand the wooden trims until you get the smoothest possible surface.
  • Use the putty knife to smooth out tight areas and remaining paint. Use a pushing movement.
  • Wipe dust out with the dry piece of cloth
  • Use the 320-grit sandpaper to perfect the smoothening.
  • Paint the trims on all sides using two coats.
  • Let the paint dry.

Pro Tip:

If you want to achieve the best results in smoothness, consider sanding the trims before applying the second coat of paint. Also, ensure you apply the paint carefully to avoid spilling.

Step 4. Put Up the Trims

A level will help you in finding the perfect fit; use it to position the sidepieces. Then, fasten them using the nail gun. Place the top pieces one after the other with the 1 by 4 piece sandwiching them. Ensure that you nail all the parts protruding away from the wall. Some installers may decide to add a third 1 by 4 piece at the very top.

Step 5. Apply the Final Touches

Use the putty to fill all the holes made by nails. Caulk all wherever the trims connect with the wall. Do not allow the caulk to dry first before you pass a damp cloth over it.

Afterward, allow the caulk and putty to dry for as long a time as it is necessary. You may or may not add another coat of paint. The decision will be at your discretion.

At this point, the process should end. You may enjoy the results of your efforts.


Now you have the precision that is almost like that of a carpenter. Even if you did not know how to install farmhouse door trim before, the steps above are easy to follow. Give your door a facelift just like a pro would. Enjoy the successful completion of your home improvement project.

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