Craftsman Trim Installation

A while ago, we stripped/prepped some wood for our Craftsman trim. I was afraid it was going to take a while to get it installed, but we had a spurt of energy and got it done! We matched the trim style of the rest of the main floor, read more about that here.

Finished Office Trim:


Finished Craftsman style trim, matching the original trim style of our 1911 bungalow. Salvaged Fir doors from RE-Store.


Finished trim on the office door, opening was added during the remodel. Salvaged divided light hinged door from Second Use Building Materials.

As a reminder, before trim:


We were on a roll, so we put up the trim in the hallway too.





There are a lot of doors in this hallway, so we used all new wood (Spero mdf) so that it would all match.


We also filled nail holes, caulked the joints and touched up the paint, which is a tedious and painstaking step of putting up trim.


It’s great to have this trim work done, but one thing I am disappointed in is the obvious sheen change where we filled the nail holes with wood putty – even after 2 coats of paint.


Unfortunate sheen change where wood putty is.

I’ve experienced this before and I knew that it was important to prime those areas before painting with the final coat. We used RedSeal paint/primer from Daly’s, so I thought I could get away with not priming those spots. But unfortunately I was wrong. Live and learn. The moral of the story: when in doubt, prime.

One last image to leave you with – the reason closets have doors:


See more of Heidi’s artwork at Old Stuff. New Stories.



12 thoughts on “Craftsman Trim Installation

    • Hi Josh,
      We used Elmer’s wood filler, but others might be just as good. You can always ask at Daly’s on Stone Way, they have knowledgeable staff. It would also depend on whether you were painting or staining. If you’re staining, bring in a sample board, that’s the best way. We’ve also used bondo to repair damaged door bottoms and jambs (paint). We are painting right now. We have a couple posts that may be helpful, one on painting to match fir (cheating), great prices on fir (we use it as trim but pros want real trim that is “backed out”), salvaging trim and a post on doors but shows painted trim adjacent to stained – if that is a design consideration for you. – phew! Have fun with your trim – it makes such a nice difference when it’s done. AND be sure you’ve insulated behind it, you’ll be glad you did.

    • Thanks for your thoughts. We have painted trim throughout and I have used both Elmer’s wood filler and Bondo. The Bondo smells quite terrible (I use a respirator when applying it) but I find that it gives a much harder, more durable feeling result.

      As far as insulating the narrow spaces that you often find behind trim, do you go with the expandable great stuff style foam? I’ve had good luck with that – especially for big gaps – but I have found a foam gun to be awesome for everything else because you don’t have to use all the contents of the can at once.


      • A foam gun! I’ve not heard of that so will have to look into it. I actually don’t like using foam because it is such a mess – but maybe it works better with the gun? I use the foam created for door and window jambs so that it won’t deform the jamb when it expands – as I’m sure you do too. I’ve also carefully stuffed batting into spaces (needs to maintain it’s loft to be effective), caulked and added rigid insulation. I love the idea of using wool, but I’ve battled moths in my closets so am not sure what would happen in the walls!
        Cheers back :)

  1. HA! No doubt that closet doors are a must in most homes. What a big job but what a difference it makes. Why do we put things off for so long? I’ve been guilty of that too, then when you finally get to it, it goes pretty quick. I really like the profile of your hall doors.

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