>> Thursday, October 27, 2011
Last week we touched on my next not-so-glamorous task of installing trim in my den. Knocking out the most tedious task first, I needed to prep both door frames leading from the hallway to the den and also from the den to kitchen.
Both frames originally had doors, but I wanted to keep the opening feeling, well, open, so the doors had to go and the notches where the hinges took residence filled. The end goal is a clean doorway just like this one in my living room…
Time to get to work. Before the focus went entirely to filling the scars from the door hinges, a stray bit of trim running down the middle of the doorways needed to be removed.
First, I used a box cutter to run a seam separating the paint. Then, a spackling knife and hammer pried the trim away from the frame.
Now on to filling the notches…
A few wood shims, nails and wood filler were all it would take…and a smidge of patience.
First I cut the wood shims to fit the notches…
Secured with a couple of nails…
And used wood filler to cover any gaps, cracks and nail holes.
Once the filler was good and dry, a few swipes with a sanding block left a smooth surface ready for painting.
Check back soon as I keep pushing my den towards trim perfection!