Add Charm to an Old Farmhouse Door With New Trim

10 Materials
$75.00
1 Day
Medium

I found this Fabulous Farmhouse Door at a yard sale of all places for....wait for it...$25!!! WHAT?!?! Yep....that's right. It fit perfectly in the entrance to my laundry room which is right off of the kitchen which thrilled me because this way I can see it all the time. It's been hanging here for months now and I just couldn't get past how the current standard colonial trim around the door was so boring and not at all the same style as this chippy old Farmhouse Door. So I decided to makeover this entire area to showcase our beautiful yard sale Farmhouse door.
This is a very small area that is more like a hallway that leads out to the garage. I decided to put beadboard on the walls with trim at the top of it, new baseboards, and new trim around the door with a header to add height to it. I wanted this Farmhouse door to really be showcased and look like it belongs in this space.So I headed off to Lowes to get the supplies I needed:2 -4' x 8' Sheets of White Beadboard - I had the nice boy at the store cut each of them into a 5 ft piece and a 3 ft piece.  3 - 8 ft 1x4's primed MDF 1 - 8 ft 1x6 primed MDF 1 - 8ft- 6" baseboard 1 - 6 ft - 1 x 2  Liquid Nails Trim  Caulk Finish Nailer Miter Saw
First I removed all the old trim around the door. I found that the best way is to score down each side of it with a utility knife so that the drywall doesn't get all ripped up when you pull off the trim. It came off quite easily very unlike the old baseboard which really put up a fight. I've been around the home building industry most of my life and I know that the proper order is to lay the flooring first and then put the baseboards on top of that.
Well, apparently some tract-home builders don't care about proper order so they put in all the baseboards (tiny little 2 1/2 inch baseboards) and then lay the ceramic tile right up to it. So now, 17 years later when I want to replace said baseboards, they have to be dug out of the flooring. UGH!!!! I may have broken a tile during this process....it's possible I did it on purpose (let's think wood floors) :)
I used our miter saw to cut the 1x4 primed MDF to fit on each side of the door from the floor just to the top of the door and nailed them in place with the finish nailer.
Next, I cut the 1x6 to the same measurement as the side pieces from side to side which in my case was 39".
I cut two pieces of 1x2 to 41 inches which is 2 inches wider than the side trim pieces so that it would hang over 1 inch on each side.I glued the 1x2's to the long edgesof the 1x6 with the back flush and the ends hanging over exactly 1 inch on each end. I let the glue tack up just a bit and nailed them together with the finish nailer, then it was time to install it over the door. this piece sits right on top of the side pieces and if you're going to have any overhang, just make sure it's equal on each side.
Next came the fun part, installing the beadboard. Once the old baseboards were out I put liquid nails all over the back of the beadboard, placed it up against the wall and down in the wide gap that the baseboards just came out of, and using a level across the top, making sure it was perfectly level, those vertical lines make that an important step not to skip. Once it was glued into place I used the finish nailer and tacked it in a few spots across the top and bottom just to make sure it's secure. One wall was only about 3 inches wider than the 4ft x 5ft sheet so we had to pull out the table saw and cut a piece off of the second sheet. These sheets of beadboard are a bit floppy so it took two of us to run it through the table saw while holding flat.
Using the 1x4 primed MDF again, I cut two strips that serve as the trim across the top of the beadboard, also known as chair railing, but this is much higher than a chair.  I laid it flush against the wall right above the beadboard and nailed it on with the finish nailer.
The final step is to add the new 6 inch baseboards along the floor. Wow...what a difference baseboard makes. Oh, remember that hole I accidentally broke in the tile??? No worries, I mixed up some grout and filled it in...it's not even noticeable now.
Mitered Corners
The baseboard ends had to be cut on a 45-degree angle because I wrapped it around the corners, but that's no problem because my miter saw can be adjusted to cut at an angle. Easy peasy!
Do Your Best and Caulk the Rest!
In the world of DIYthere's a slogan I heard that has become my mantra..."Do your best, and caulk the rest!"   Caulk is just as magical as paint....I love how it finishes off all the edges and makes them look perfect and seamless.
Caulk Tips
A couple of caulking tips:1. After you have run your bead of caulk the length of the crack/crevice/flaw that you're trying to cover, have a damp paper towel in one hand to wet your finger on and then pressing down gently run your finger down the length of that bead of caulk, wiping any excess on the paper towel and going right back where you left off. This will press the caulk down into any openings and give it a smooth finished surface.2. When caulking the tops of the baseboards run a piece of painters tape along the wall about 1/8' above the baseboard, caulk and smooth it out and then remove your tape and you'll have a very precise line. I also do this on the floor under the baseboards as well.The last step is to paint. I chose to paint my trim, baseboards, beadboard, and walls all the same color. Easy!!!! I wanted my chippy old farmhouse door to be the star of the show and felt this would not only accomplish that but would make my life easier in the process. LOL!!!! Work smarter, not harder! (Ok so I have a couple of mantras!)  Oh the magic of paint. As I was sitting on the floor rolling the lower part of one wall my husband commented on how nice the paint made everything look and I very cleverly replied, "It's like makeup for walls!"  It really is!
Remember how I said I wanted the door to be the star of the show?Well, how about we go one step further and shine a light on it? I found this sconce light on Amazon for under $30. There's no electrical wiring above the door but that didn't stop me. I just attached it to the wall using the hardware it came with and then stuck a remote-operated puck light up inside where the bulb would go and Voila...Light!!!

This was a super easy project and I am thrilled with how it turned out!I actually spent $63 on this project but I already had the caulk, liquid nails, and one piece of baseboard, so this really could be done for about $75 easily. I also have two 3 ft x 4 ft pieces of beadboard left over, (ok one is 3 ft x 3.9 ft) and I'm going to use this to start beadboarding the back of my island. Woohoo!!! Stay tuned for that!!!If you try a project like this I hope you'll tag me on Instagram @somethingpaintedwhite and drop me a message, I'd love to see it.If you're interested in other DIY projects be sure to visit me over at my blog www.somethingpaintedwhite.com.  Have a fabulous day my DIY loving friends!~Cindy~
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2 questions
  • Emmawilliams1
    on Jan 15, 2020

    where did you buy the remote puck light? brilliant {little play of words!} idea..That will solve my problem...Ths!!

    • Vicki Sluss Deskins
      on Jan 27, 2020

      Yes that’s a great idea. I have been wanting lighting but don’t have the wiring. I will try this!

  • Martha Nelson
    on Jan 27, 2020

    How tall did y hang chair rail

    • Hi! The top of the beadboard is at 5 feet from the concrete. Which is about 3/4 of an inch below the ceramic tile. Then the trim piece sits right above that. 😊

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  • Beth Smith
    on Jan 31, 2020

    just looked at your other posts. You're making me cry!! I want to see your place! wow!

    • Beth Smith
      on Feb 1, 2020

      Will do...also, I have a booth at the Brass Arm as I call it. Did it in NY and had to have that creative outlet here too. #311.

  • Doris Livezey
    on Mar 15, 2020

    Looks amazing but also took a lot of time and effort and expertise. Good for you to have such a beautiful finished project.

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