Remodeling the doors in your home is one of the most common and cost effective home improvement projects. While you probably cannot build your own doors, you can do part of the remodel on your own to save some money. This article will explain how to install molding around the frame of your new doors. This will make your new fixtures look even more dynamic and stylish.
Saving Money by Doing it Yourself
It is usually best to install the molding after the replacement doors have already been installed and hung. If your old doors had decorative molding around the frame, you can have the door installer remove the molding when they are hanging the new doors and installing the new hinges. You could have them install the new molding as well, but it will cost you a significant amount of money. If you do it on your own, you will save on the labor cost.
Cutting and Installing the Molding
The first step is to cut your molding to the exact size. The best way to do this is to run the molding along the edge of the frame and market. You want to cut the inside edge at 45° angle. This will ensure that the molding design matches up at the corners of the door. To get the most accurate fit, cut the first vertical piece, and then attach it to the frame. You will need a pneumatic air gun with 2 inch finish nails to attach the molding. Once the first piece is attached, hold up the next piece with the corresponding angle cut and then mark the opposite end of the molding. Attach that horizontal piece and then you can repeat the steps to get the right cut for the last vertical piece.
The Finishing Touches
After all the molding is attached to the frame, you will want to fill the holes left behind by the nail gun and caulk around the edges before you paint it. Fill the holes with wood filler or caulk. The holes will be so small that you can usually just use your finger to spread the filler. Wipe it away while it is still wet so you do not have to sand the molding once it dries. Caulking around the edges will seal the molding and make it stronger. Painting is easy but you need to work slowly because the paint will run on the hardwood molding if you slop it all over.
In the end, with a little effort, you will have great looking new doors.