How to Install Trim

This week, we’re focusing on trim and baseboard throughout the house.

Yesterday, John installed 3 1/2″ trim around the mudroom door. We purchased 16 foot trim boards at Home Depot. One board is enough for the left and right side of the door.

When purchasing material at Home Depot or Lowes, if you see a flaw, ask for a discount at the Pro Desk. Trim flaws can be avoided with a mitre cut.

Scraps can be used on smaller openings; we have hall and linen closets with small openings.

John added shims to ensure the vertical trim was on the same plane as the horizontal trim.

The cable wire will be re-directed soon.

John uses 2-inch finish nails in his nail gun to hit the framing (2 1/2″ nails create a larger hole).

The trim will be caulked so that it looks like one piece before painting with semi-gloss. 

Between the ceiling and the top of the trim, there is a 1/8th-inch gap–just enough space for a caulk line. The caulk line eliminates any difference in height from left to right.

It’s rare for any ceiling to be perfectly level, so when the 1/8th-inch gap is caulked, it will marry the trim to the ceiling for an appearance of a “leveled look.” Otherwise, it would look “off.”


Did you Know?

Approximately 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular card-sending occasion after Christmas. In 1840, Valentine cards became mass-produced. 

Valentine’s Trivia:

As far back as the Middle Ages, Valentine greetings were popular. However, written Valentine’s didn’t begin until after 1400. The oldest known Valentine still in existence was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at Agincourt. The Valentine is housed at the British Library in London.

4 thoughts on “How to Install Trim

  1. It’s such a “finished” look now with the 3 1/2 inch trim! Happy Valentines to both of you and the pugs! 💕💕💕💕

  2. What size baseboard will you be using? I find larger baseboard looks better in a vintage home. The little bullnose stuff doesn’t look right, even if you’re using carpet.

    Unfortunately my ceilings are higher than average so that caulking trick won’t work. But I absolutely do caulk seams, nailholes and the edges before painting.

    You are so close to done you must be so excited. I can’t wait for a virtual tour, then the decorating, then the yard and garden.

    1. The baseboard will be 6 3/4.” (The base is 5 1/2″ and the cap is 1 1/4.”) We prefer larger baseboard and trim, it lends a higher-end look. In the new master bedroom addition, the baseboard might be a smidge bigger.

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