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Trim Articles


The trim is usually one of the last steps before completing a home improvement project, and it’s what people see when you show off the finished product. This section covers topics like How to Paint Like a Pro, Installing Wainscoting and Installing Pre-Hung doors.

How to Paint a Three-Piece Crown Molding
Ethan | November 23, 2013
How to Paint a Three-Piece Crown Molding

Today we’re featuring a guest article by Ken from The Joy of Moldings Jennifer’s kitchen is getting a top to bottom molding makeover. I just installed the crown molding and door trim (a Greek Revival eared architrave style), but still have the baseboard and wainscoting to go. Since I get so many questions at The Joy of Moldings.com about how to paint crown moldings, I thought I’d share my painting techniques with One Project Closer readers.Project Price & MaterialsCrown Molding Materials From Lowes: $211.75 Primer:... 

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How to Paint (Like a Pro)
Ethan | January 24, 2013
How to Paint (Like a Pro)

It’s good to be back on a Pro-Follow, and I’m pleased to introduce you to Larry Smith. Larry is a professional painter, and his company also installs wall coverings (wall paper, fabrics, etc.). Larry brings almost 40 years of experience in the industry, and I’m excited to be on a job site with him. If you live in Maryland and are need in of a painter or someone to install wallpaper or other wall coverings, give Larry a call at 443-250-4899. Today’s article is all about repainting an existing room, and it’s... 

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How to Install a Window
Ethan | November 20, 2012
How to Install a Window

Installing new windows is a great DIYer task, and it’s a topic we’ve touched on in the past. However, OPC is all about showing pros in action so that you have the best possible resources for tackling home improvement projects, and this is a task that professional contractor and carpenter Steve Wartman and his crew have just completed. If you followed along on the in-law addition, this was one of the last items on his punch list. Read on for details on installing a new window, sealing and weatherizing a window, and installing... 

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How to Design and Install an Improvised Kitchen Crown Molding
Ethan | August 8, 2012
How to Design and Install an Improvised Kitchen Crown Molding

Today we’re featuring a guest contribution by Ken from The Joy of Moldings. This kitchen crown molding project was an exercise in making do with a room, materials, and tools that were less than ideal. Call it improvisational finish carpentry if you like, but between Paul and I we got the job done — in our own amateurish way — in spite of the chickens.Here were the major issues:The kitchen has two ceiling elevation changes that will interrupt the crown The ceiling bulges and sags The crown molding he bought was too... 

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How to Install Beadboard Wainscoting
Ethan | March 29, 2012
How to Install Beadboard Wainscoting

Wainscoting is a great wall application for dressing up kitchens, bathrooms, dining rooms and more. It’s also a great do-it-yourselfer project because with the right tools and proper planning, anyone can achieve great results. If you’re not sure how to tackle this project, what better way to learn than straight from a professional contractor? Today’s Pro-Follow showcases carpenter Steve Wartman and his crew as they install beadboard wainscoting in a small kitchen eating area. Stay current with all of our Pro-Follow articles... 

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How to Install Pre-Hung Doors
Ethan | March 19, 2012
How to Install Pre-Hung Doors

Installing a pre-hung door is much simpler than purchasing the raw materials and building a door from scratch. Pre-hung doors come already fastened to the door frame, and you can order them to size. Pre-hung doors also eliminate the time-consuming process of routing a space for the door hinge and doorknob hardware (like the faceplates), and the holes are already cut for the latch and doorknob. With a pre-hung door, you can install a typical interior door in about 15 minutes, and this article will provide pictures and text to walk you through... 

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How to Cut Baseboard Molding with a Coping Saw
Ethan | October 24, 2011
How to Cut Baseboard Molding with a Coping Saw

I’ve been installing the baseboard molding, and it’s going up pretty quick. I completed about half of the molding last Saturday, and plan to finish the rest this weekend. The toughest part about installing any molding (baseboard, shoe molding, chair rail, crown molding) is getting all those corners to line up nicely. It’s common to find walls out of square making it even more challenging. Outside corners have to be miter joints unless you chose to use decorative corner blocks. Inside corners can be miter joints or cope... 

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How to Install Crown Molding (Quick Guide with Pictures)
Ethan | September 15, 2011
How to Install Crown Molding (Quick Guide with Pictures)

Crown molding is like, well, a crown for a room. It’s one of the first things I notice about a home because it’s such a beautiful accent, and it adds a lot of visual interest. Installing crown molding is a project that I’ve wanted to share with you for some time, and when a friend told me that he was putting crown up at his parents house, I immediately offered to help. For some reason it seems that homeowners shy away from installing crown molding themselves. I think the combination of miter and bevel cuts intimidates... 

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How to Install Baseboard and Shoe Molding for Hardwood Floors
Fred | July 9, 2010
How to Install Baseboard and Shoe Molding for Hardwood Floors

Baseboard and shoe molding dress up a new hardwood flooring installation. After you’ve put in the time installing the new floor, trimming it out frames the floor, showcasing the hardwoods just like a quality frame showcases quality art. Baseboard comes in many different shapes and sizes and should be picked based on a balanced approach to style and money.  The simplest builder-grade primed white baseboard can be purchased at Home Depot or Lowes for around $0.30 / linear foot, while stain-grade elaborate baseboards can cost as much... 

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