This DIY farmhouse style trim is such a simple and inexpensive way to completely transform the look of your home!
Good morning friends!
You may remember my mentioning our little old hallway and our plans to transform it a few short weeks ago. And then you probably thought I forgot all about it. I mean, aside from this round up of brilliant linen storage ideas, I’ve barely mentioned it since.
But, as always, we’ve been hard at work behind the scenes demo’ing, reno’ing and DIY’ing our little hearts out. Seriously, the proof is in the pudding so to speak.
We’ve been painting, trimming, caulking and of course, more painting with the hopes to create a farmhouse style hallway.
And friends, it’s so exciting to see this vision taking shape!
I can’t get over how much lighter the space looks with our new wall colour (Edgecomb Gray from Benjamin Moore in case you were wondering). And our new planked ceiling is everything I’d hoped it would be (watch for that tutorial coming soon).
But, my favourite part so far, the one thing that’s made the largest impact?
Without a doubt, it would have to be that DIY farmhouse style trim! I mean really, how could we create a space with the character and charm we’d been hoping for without this most basic element?
I cannot wait to show you how simple, inexpensive and relatively painless it was to trim out our entire hallway space in farmhouse style.
We started by
carefully removing ripping out all of our old trim and giving the walls a fresh coat of paint.
With our beautiful blank canvas ready, it was time to start trimming out our doors.
We thought long and hard about what sort of wood we’d like to use. Okay, maybe not long and hard per say, but we did think about it. Here’s the thing: regular old lumber would have been the less expensive way to go for sure and I’ve actually come across a few great tutorials about how to use it to frame a window (here and here for starters). But, sometimes (often actually) our lumber is warped, knotted, or otherwise not wonderful and, as much as we were going for character here, we weren’t sure that crooked trim should be a part of that. Painting it all was also a consideration for me – primed wood meant one less coat of paint to apply and with our tight timeline, I was all for saving work. So, long story short, we went with plain old primed millwork, though we were sure to go with the most plain moulding design in the interest of keeping things simple (and inexpensive).
We kept things really simple making all straight cuts throughout, which meant we didn’t have to mess around with tricky angles or mitred corners (yay!). We did make sure to have a few tools on hand though:
– finishing nailer
– air compressor
– and of course, a handy tape measure
The first boards we nailed to the wall were the 1×4’s which ran the entire length of the doorway, right from the floor all the way to the top edge of the door casing. We then turned a 1×2 on it’s side (so that it would stick out from the wall 2″) and stacked that on top of our 1×4’s, nailing it in place too. We cut our 1×2 an inch longer than the span of our 1×4’s so that it would stick out 1/2″ on either side. We also did the same with the 1×6 that we stacked on top and then we finished it all off with one last 1×2 turned on it’s side again so that it would stick out further from the wall.
Finally, we filled all of the nail holes and caulked all of the seams between each board to give it a finished look.
Another great trick we’ve learned along the way is to caulk along where the trim meets the wall – it helps to hide any little gaps and really gives things a professionally finished look.
The trim seemed to go up really quickly, it was the caulking and painting of course that turned into a tedious and time consuming task.
But boy was it worth it!
So, what do you think? Doesn’t this DIY farmhouse style trim make a world of difference?
*UPDATE: See which one we went with and how it all came together in the end with our farmhouse style hallway reveal here!
And check out all of our DIY hallway projects below:
Wishing you SUCH a lovey day!