Decadent Door

Man alive. Is trim just the best thing since sliced bread, or what. After seeing the flash bam alcazam transition happening in our kitchen with the crown molding installation, I got all motivated to address some other trim less areas in this joint. Like this door for instance. Yes, it needed something, that is fo sho.

Exterior French Door

After painting the sunroom, we decided to break down the door surround project into a few chunks. First, we needed some type of casing to wrap around the interior of the door to cover up all the framing. Next, we needed a step to help transition from the dining room to the porch and last, we need some trim around the door frame. I convinced Jay that this would all be a walk in the park, bought him a 6-pack o’ beer, and got to work. Actually, he bought the 6-pack. See, he knows how to incentivize himself, even better. πŸ˜‰

How to Remove Brick

The brick that was left over from the last door was causing some issues, so instead of building a step around it, we decided the best move was to just chisel this stuff out. Mainly we were just trying to get the main pieces up and out of there so that we could screw the wood down into the brick, and have a level and even surface.

Once we got the brick out, we slide in a piece of wood, which was a 1×6, cut to size. Bam. Looking better already.

How to Build Step

Notice the wood panels that are up to the right and the left in this picture? We decided the best way to cover up all the wood framing was to slip in a thin, wood veneer, if you will. It’s basically a quarter inch piece of oak, that was flexible enough to deal with the inconsistencies in the wall (old house, not level walls), and finished enough to look schwanky. Just what we needed.

Before we added the thin piece of wood to finish off the surround, we did shim it a bit to get everything as level as possible. We knew our trim would cover up the shims from the front, so we were not concerned about them showing. You can see the wood we popped in below.

Shimming Around Door

There were a few spots where we had to come back through and add custom cuts, like at the top of the door, where it met up with the framing. It had a small bump out that we had to work around so out came the jiggety jig. See that jig saw, got it for $10 on craigslist. Holla!

How to Use Wood Jigsaw

Once the wood veneer piece was fit in up against the interior portion of the door, we had to move on to actually adding the trim around the exterior frame of the door. Since there is nothing better than chunkalicious trim, we decided to go with a big old 5 1/2 inch trim piece.

The large and in charge trim actually had two purposes. First, was function. When we installed the french door, there were quite a few bricks that got bumped out in the process, leaving some pretty substantial gap action. We figured the larger the trim piece, the less gapage, if you will. The second reason, it’s just so dang gorgeous. πŸ˜‰ Go big or go home, America.

How to install trim around door

When we went to install the trim surround, we noticed that the interior trim piece actually bumped out a bit beyond the brick facade. At first we were all nervous about it, cause we thought we’d have to come back through and trim it all to make the end piece sit correctly. Once we popped the trim piece up to the side, we realized (to our relief) that no adjustments had to happen. Since this edge is exposed, we didn’t want to come back through and hack away at things, since it would most likely look jagged and uneven.

How to cut angled trim

After that, it was just a matter of measuring our miter cut and getting our Paul Bunyan on. Timmmber.

Above the door trim, we opted to just continue one flat panel of wood, which we will paint white to match the rest of the surround. We might come back through and add some additional detail on there in the future, but for now, it’s not offensive and it’s more(ish) in the done category, so I’ll probably just call it good for the time being. Plus, once everything is painted the same color, I think it helps to persuade the eye away from areas that are less spiffy than others.

Installing Trim Around French Door

After two coats of Benjamin Moore Simply White paint, we had this as our final door detail. Everything looks so crisp and nice. Me likey.

How To Install Exterior Door Trim

And her is a side angle. Still need to fine tune the hardware πŸ˜‰ Got my eye on this buddy.

Installing Trim Around Exterior Door

On the second coat, we had some excitement. It looked like this. Actually, it looked considerably worseΒ than that, but we humans in the house were oh so very busy cleaning up the carnage the cat left behind when he spilled over the paint, and ran, not walked, through it and into the house, that we only snapped this one photo for evidence.

Believe me, it happened, and it was bad. Picture lots and lots of white painted paw prints all over your dark wood floors and one smacked onto your jute rug for spite. Yes. The cat was on the bad list that night. We were just as much on his bad list since he was promptly hosed down in the tub (upside down) and looked like a very angry drown rat once he had a clean bill of paintless cat paws.

Spilling Paint

What would life be without some excitement thrown in. πŸ˜‰


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