How to Add Door Mouldings for Architectural Detail

One of the easiest and simplest ways to spice up a “plain-jane” room is by adding moulding and millwork to existing door trim.

This creates instant architectural detail, resulting in the doors looking larger and more substantial.

You wouldn’t think that this would make much of a difference, but it truly does.

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As we renovate each room in our home, we are updating the existing door casements, giving each room character and detailing. We’re even adding it to the closet doors.

It’s a wonderful way to add value without a lot of expense.

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This is what all the door casements looked like in our house when we moved in.

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Nice millwork trim was already there, but I wanted to expand the height to create an illusion of larger doorways and higher ceilings…..and also make them a little fancier. I know…..I can’t help myself….I like fancy.

To design this look, we used pre-primed MDF boards. You can use solid wood but we chose MDF boards because they are pretty much perfect, consistent in thickness and width, and perfectly smooth with no wood grain or knot holes to deal with.

We used 5.5″ tall baseboard moulding. Yes, that’s right, we used flat baseboard moulding as part of our design!

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And this traditional crown moulding:

It was so easy to do this update, and once the moulding was added to the existing doorways, we painted them all white.

Step 1: Measure and Cut

Measure the width of your doorway and cut a section of baseboard molding the same width as the doorway.

Cut a section of crown moulding the same width as the doorway, and mitre cut each end at a 45 degree angle.

Measure and cut a small piece of crown moulding to wrap around the side, with one side mitre cut at a 45 degree angle to fit into the corner of the larger section.

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Step 2: Apply Moulding as Shown

The flat baseboard moulding sits on top of the existing door casing. Place a generous amount of construction adhesive on the back of the flat baseboard moulding and place it on top of the existing door casement. Press to the wall and then used finishing nails to nail to the wall. We used 1.5″, 18 gauge nails in our nail gun for this.

“Layer” the crown moulding on top of the flat baseboard moulding, gluing and nailing in place. Then place the crown end piece and nail and glue in place.

Caulk and Paint.

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It’s such an easy way to add character and detail to a room.

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There are so many different designs you can use to add moulding, from very simple to elaborate, so let your imagination run wild.

You can get countless trim ideas from browsing Pinterest or checking out the trim aisles at Home Depot or Lowe’s.

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How to Add Moulding to Doors | Edith & Evelyn | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

No matter what you do, adding the moulding will create pretty details, and something different from the standard, ubiquitous mitered corner door trim.

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I don’t know how many doorways we’ve completed, but we still have quite a few left to do.

We’ve started stripping the guest room down for it’s renovation and adding the mouldings to the doors will be one of the first things on the “to do” list.

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So if you’re trying to think of a simple way to customize your home, adding door mouldings may be the answer.

This post is about the mouldings that we used, but remember there are no rules.

If you find a combination that you like, go for it!

And remember, just because something is labeled as a baseboard, it doesn’t mean it can’t be used as a door casing!

Cheers,

Cindy

On personal note: I mentioned in the post that we are currently prepping the guest bedroom for renovation. This room has been a “catch all” for just about everything! As we renovated each room, we would shove furniture and miscellaneous stuff into the guest room. Now it’s time for us to clear it out…..I think I need to have a yard sale and get rid of some of it! Here’s what the guest room looks like now as we have begun clearing it out. Actually, in this photo, most of the “stuff” that was stored in here has already been relocated. We removed the old turquoise carpeting from this room when we moved in several years ago, but the rest of the room is still as it was when we moved in…..lots of blue and green, which was so popular forty years ago when this home was built. It’s time for a change…..I’m hoping that wallpaper isn’t going to be an issue to remove!

Stay tuned!

 

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  1. Hi Cindy! I love how these mouldings are, simple and elegant. I loved them so much, I decided to add the top sections to my doors. I clicked on your links and ordered both pieces from Lowe’s, but when I got the crown piece it was super tiny, less than an inch tall. I must confess, I didn’t read the size. Is your crown piece less than an inch tall because it looks a lot bigger in your picture? Thank you for a great post!

  2. I think beefed up trim has more impact than just about anything else. In our first little 1100 sf house, I put 5″ crown and baseboards bc I got a great deal!

  3. This is amazing! I was wondering how tall your ceilings are and would this treatment look as stunning if the celings were 8′?

  4. Omg Cindy, your home is so freaking fabulous already, and I dd not think it could get any better, but once again, you have proving me wrong. I am in love with your designs, your creativity. My home is calling for your to help

  5. Love all of your beautiful trim work in your home!…Yes, by you adding the detail at the top of each door adds so much character and height…..Our trim carpenter placed this detail in our home when it was built 13 years ago and I love it…I am in awe of you and your hubby creating such beautiful details in your home. Truly a labor of love resulting in the most exquisite interiors….I am looking forward to your guest room project!

  6. ~Cindy~
    Thank you for sharing! I have often wondered how this was done, Im reading the steps and thinking yes, yes I can do this THEN the little end pieces I was lost hehe.
    My daughter bought her first home all by herself , so happy for her !! We spent seven hours just painting, but its all done and looks so very cute. She lives two hours away so when I go we definitely have to stay focused on getting what I came to do finished ! Funny how Im so eager to get her projects done and put my own on hold!!She wants everything done before moving in hehe, I told her as a homeowner there is always something that needs something !!
    Have a super week,
    Blessings
    Paula
    N

    • Paula, how exciting for your daughter! And you are so right….there is always something that needs to be done when owning your own home!

  7. I really love this idea! We are currently renovating our entire house, as well. That said, I have a different question.

    We have a black and silver Schnauzer (Harry Potter) that is freaked out every time he sees Denis going for the power tools.! I end up “baby stitting” him while Denis works, but there will come a day when I am needed to do my thing and we may both need to work at the same time. Does your Schnauzer get upset when you are both working, and if so, how do you deal with that!? I know this isn’t a “Design” issue, but , in a way, it is. Especially if there is a lot of time consuming work to be done over a lengthy time frame. I have never seen this aspect addressed by anyone, and wondered if you had any ideas as to how to deal with stressed out pets during the whole process. I know that WE get stressed out, but they do, too! That causes problems because Harry has taken to “digging” the on carpet before he lays down or hides under the bed.!

    • Hi Constance! Our RubyLou is fine with all power tools except the nail gun…she doesn’t like it at all and it freaks her out a bit. I don’t know if your baby is crate trained or not, but when RubyLou gets agitated by the nail gun, we put her in her crate in a separate room in the house. We try and put her as far away from the action as we can and if possible turn on a radio for some background sound. She loves her crate, as it is her safe space, with her blanket and favorite toys, and it has a cover over it so it’s a little bit like a cave. She calms down immediately when she’s in the crate. I hope this helps!

      • Thanks for the suggestions! Harry Potter really freaks when the nail gun comes out, too! There must be something in the noise, perhaps?? He goes under our bed and I turn on music or the fan and that seems to help,but he still wants ME in there with him! (you might get that he is a little bit SPOILED) lol. I will try a crate and see if that helps, because I have a lot coming up and cannot “babysit” him all day. 🙂

  8. Hi Cindy,

    I totally agree with you about the value moulding adds to the home. What you’ve done looks wonderful. Did you also do the moulding that goes up the stairs, or was that already existing? If you did do that, would you show some photos that demonstrate how you did it? Thank you.

    Marilyn

  9. This is so simple yet adds such fancy decor. Even I could do this,and I’m a genuine goofus.(is that a word?). Love that chair in your guest room. Is it going to be reupholstered?

    • Thank you, Sue! Yes, that chair is on my “to do” list! It’s getting new upholstery so it will work better with our color scheme!

  10. Hi Cindy. I love your all your ideas and have used several of them. Looks like you’ve added some more pieces to the living room. How many more rooms are left?

    • The rooms that are still not renovated are two bedrooms, mudroom/butler’s pantry, four bathrooms, and we still need to lay hardwood floors at the top of the landing upstairs! Ugh! I’m not sure I’m going to survive!

  11. That was a great idea! Looks more classic and grand! I’m looking forward to see that guest room decorated! I want to know what you’re selling at yard sale? I love your decor taste!!

  12. Great instructions on framing out door. My husband will be pleased we can work with what we have!
    Looking forward to guest room makeover.

  13. I always look forward to your post as I learn a lot from each one. Plus the fact that you and your hubby are doing all of it is fantastic. Then again your taste is exquisite and from the begining to the end you somehow make it fun and beauty full Love what you have done .

  14. Love, LUV, love your tutorials! It is because of your precise information and step by step guides (Plus you offer the reader extreme confidence-lol) that I’m getting ready to have a 2nd room of white washed pine ceilings installed. Yippee – less popcorn! You are the best. Thank you kindly:)

  15. It all looks so lovely! Good luck removing the wall paper. When we moved into our 1950s era home we had pink and blue goose wallpaper in the kitchen that refused to come off. We ended up putting beadboard over it which added to the farmhouse look I was going for.

    • Oh, I know….so far we’ve had two rooms that the wallpaper refused to come off….we even consulted professionals, and nothing worked. We planked over one room and then primed and painted over another one. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it comes off of the walls in the guest room!

  16. I LOVE this post – such an amazing transformation! Are your ceilings 8′ or are they higher? I would love to do this in my home, but I only have 8′ ceilings and if some of the doors already have crown molding at the ceiling, I am worried about how that would look.

    • Thank you, Cheryl! We have 8′ ceilings. Adding the moulding actually adds visual height, drawing the eye up, so the ceilings look a little higher than they are.

  17. Hi Cindy, thank you so much for this very well explained tutorial! Very helpful! Thank you for taking the time to share how you and your husband transformed these doors. They look beautiful! Looking forward to seeing what you do to your guest room! Smiles, Deborah:-)

  18. I just love your classic style and your perseverance at carefully cleaning, renovating and then freshly styling each room. It is encouraging to see that it can be done slowly and methodically and with classic details on your own. What you are doing can be applied to any home. Thank you for sharing your journey!

  19. Bravo! Your attention to every detail has created such a beautiful home.
    Be sure and include me in you garage sale plan! You know how I love your style!

      • Cindy, I have windows that appear short as they are double hung windows on right and left of dining table. I would love to do your door crown over those windows. Open floor plan and can see two other windows in family room and about seven doors in kitchen hall , laundry , closet and our bedroom.
        Do you think having done this on all your doors that just doing those two sets of double window would look ok or would I open the can of worms to need to do all of them and doors.
        Also does your crown have the top on it to be closed or did you add a board on top of crown to close the open area above the crown?

        This is a thought process for me. Almost as bad as selecting paint.
        Thank you for the posts and your very blessed ability.
        Sherrill

      • Hi Sherrill! I think that since your home is an open floor plan with all of those other doors and windows visible, it wouldn’t look right to jus do those two windows. If the dining room was separated somewhat from the rest, I think it would be fine, otherwise, I don’t think so. I think, in my humble opinion, that it’s all or none! We caulked the top of the crown where it joins to the flat baseboard piece, and then painted. I hope that helps! Good luck!