How to Redo a Door With a Frame


If you have a door that looks dated and bad, make sure it's the door causing the visual problem and not the door frame. The wood trim around your door can dress up (or down) the whole opening, and damaged or outdated trim can make a huge difference in the overall appearance of the entrance. Get your new trim pre-finished, or finish yourself before installation, so you don't have to finish it on the wall.

Things You'll Need

  • Hammer
  • Pry bar
  • Tape measure
  • Trim
  • Miter saw
  • Finish nails
  • Remove the existing trim from the doorway with a hammer and prybar. Take care not to damage the wall as you remove the trim.

  • Measure the width of the doorway at the top, between the two corners, at the edge of the door casing.

  • Transfer the measurement to a piece of trim, with two marks on the bottom edge and the measured span between them.

  • Lay the trim on a miter saw, with its front side facing up. The bottom edge should be lined up along the saw's back fence. Slide the trim so one of your marks is under the blade. Swivel the blade to point 45 degrees outward, away from the measured span. Make the cut.

  • Slide the piece of trim so the second mark is under the blade. Swivel the blade to point 45 degrees in the other direction. It will again point away from the measured span of the board. Make the cut.

  • Set the trim up onto the wall over the doorway. The two mitered cuts should rise off the two corners of the door. Hammer finish nails every foot or so along the top and bottom edges of the board.

  • Measure for the first side piece in the same manner as before and mark the board. Miter the corner that's going to face up in the same way as you did before. For the bottom end of the trim, turn the blade to 90 degrees instead of 45, so it's straight across the trim instead of at an angle.

  • Nail the side piece to the wall, with the mitered upper end butting to the miter at that end of the horizontal piece. The straight-cut bottom edge should butt to the floor. Repeat the process for the other side piece.

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