With its simple lines, affordable materials and ease of assembly, there’s no reason you shouldn’t build this door surround at home this weekend.
This is one of those historic door trim patterns that I’ve seen all over the country, and especially in rural Victorian farmhouses.
But you’ll also find similar designs in early Craftsman style homes too. That’s because Victorian style homes were still being built when Craftsman style became popular, and so naturally there was some design overlap.
I designed this one to be more Victorian than Craftsman, though it’s easy to change this design to be more purely Craftsman style, as explained below.
On This Page
- Price to Have This Professionally Installed
- How to Convert it to Craftsman Style Door Trim
- Materials Inventory
- How to Build this Door Trim Step by Step
How Much to Have Door Trim Like this Professionally Installed?
Installed About $250.00 – $300.00 (including materials) to install a door trim trim pattern like this. If your finish carpenter uses more expensive materials, like poplar, this price could easily double.
Painted Most finish carpenters don’t prep and paint their own moldings, so you’ll probably have to hire someone else to do the painting. Better yet, just do the painting yourself and save a whole bunch of money. Spend the money you save on painting to buy more moldings!
Since installing this door trim was an afterthought on this project, we didn’t install new baseboards. But you should! There is a readily available Victorian style mdf baseboard you can buy at most any lumber yard, and so should include it in your own Victorian molding makeover right from the start. I’ll add that baseboard to my Molding Inventory page soon.
Door Trim Paint Color
- Benjamin Moore
- Satin Impervo
- White Dove #OC-17
Before & After Pictures
In case you missed it there’s a fun set of B&As for this pattern here: Before & After: Moldings for Patio Double Doors.
How to Change it to Craftsman Style Door Trim
A few simple changes will convert this door trim design from Victorian to Craftsman style. If you’re going to make the conversion, try to keep all of the proportions the same.
I’ve worried obsessively over all of the proportions on all of the patterns you see on our blog. So make sure to pay attention to the thicknesses of material, the placement of the details and the width of reveals (flat surfaces) whenever making adjustments to a design. If you’re not sure, then just make yourself a model and play with it until you’re happy.
Cornice Crown and Necking: Change to the Molding Profiles Below
Note: There are a number of small cove molding profiles available at local lumber yards, you don’t have to use this exact one. The point is to use a molding that is primarily a cove, rather than one with all the extra detail like in our Victorian example.
Plinth Block: Change to Simple Flat-Stock
Flat-Stock Plinth Block
You can see how easy it is to make a simple plinth block like this. I usually make mine from scraps left over from making the entablature. If you look closely at the below photo, I adjusted the thickness by adding a 1/4″ thick piece of mdf board.
Let’s say that you’ve made the above changes to your door trim design. Well now instead of having a design that’s more Craftsman than Victorian, it can still pass as Victorian. Do you see? Most all molding designs can be tweaked in this manner.
Material Inventory to Make this Door Trim $52.84
Starting from the top to the bottom. [See my Molding Inventory page for more detail about each molding]
Crown Molding Profile: Use for entabalature cornice, 10′ ($1.29/lf) = $12.90.
Use for pilasters and abacus. More about FS-001 here >>
Use for the entablature frieze. More about FS-002 here >>
Use for necking (collar).
Plinth blocks. If needed, these can be trimmed down to fit a narrower width pilaster.
DIY Step by Step Victorian Door Trim
This is such an easy door trim design to make. If you’re new to DIY moldings, this would make a great beginner project!
- Use lots of Liquid Nails on all contact surfaces when installing your moldings. And I mean all contact surfaces!
- Below Note the scribe line I made to mark the bottom of the frieze. That’s the guide I use to cut my pilasters. The pilasters usually are slightly different sizes on both sides, so don’t measure one side and then cut both pilasters. Finish carpentry is a cut-to-fit craft.
Below The pilaster is glued to the top of the plinth block as well as glued and nailed to the wall.
Cut the frieze board tall enough so that the bottom of the abacus rests on top of the frieze. (See abacus farther down.)
Below Use a 23 gauge micro pinner to nail those small pieces in place. Senco and Accuset both make excellent micro pinners.
Below I get quite a few questions about where I bought this crown molding profile. This one I buy from a specialty millwork company that makes all of their own moldings.
The material, finish and price far exceeds anything you can buy at the big box home improvement stores. Small molding and millwork retailers like these can be hard to find, but are well worth the effort.
Below This is a nice entablature pattern as is, even without the abacus. I could have stopped here.
Because this cornice molding has such a strong profile, I could have omitted installing the abacus. But I wanted this pattern to match the slightly more elaborate door moldings I installed in the adjoining living room, so included the abacus.
Prepare for Paint
I’m assuming you’re doing a top to bottom molding makeover: crown, baseboard, door and window trim, and so paining the walls is the very last thing you do before hanging pictures back up. This is the sequence that will get you there.
Caulking the seams and small gaps is the very last thing you do before you apply the first coat of paint.
Do You Need Help Painting?
I’m adding more posts to my How to Paint Moldings page, so you can go there for tips if you need a little help getting started.
Did You Make This?
I hope you’ll send me pictures of the door trim you made. I’ll add them to this page so everyone who visits can see what colors you used on the trim and walls, and just to see what other diy finish carpenters are doing.
Good luck making your own door trim!