Doors, just like any other design element in your home, can look outdated and old after some years. Even if your door frames are in great shape and don't have any damage, you might want to consider updating them for stylistic reasons. Not only is it a great way to make your home look more modern, but it is a simple remodel that you can do on your own with a few basic tools. This article explains how to remove your existing door frames and install your new product.
Removing Your Existing Frame Molding
First, you need to remove your existing door frames without damaging the walls too much. The edge of the molding will be caulked, so you will need a utility knife to cut through and break the seal. Then, hammer a chisel or flathead screwdriver behind the molding and pry it out. If you are lucky, the nails will stay in the molding and come right out of the wall. If they do stay stuck in the wall, just pull them out with pliers or a hammer.
Installing Your New Molding
The installation of your replacement door frame will be much easier if you choose a product that is wider than the profile of your existing frame. This way, the new product will cover any marks, caulk lines, or damage caused during the removal process.
The most important tools you will need for installing the frame molding are a pneumatic nail gun and a miter saw. Make sure your soul has been football blade that allows you to make 45° angled cuts. You want to cut 45° angles for the corners. This way the decorative miter will line up.
For the best results, don't just measure each side of the door and then cut the pieces. Measure and cut the first piece to the right size. Then, attach it to the wall using the nail gun. Then, cut the angle on the next piece. Put it in place, tightly butted against the installed piece, and mark where to make the next cut. This way you will be able to make more accurate cuts and you won't need to take so many measurements. It will save you time in the long run. The final step is to finish off your job by filling all the nail holes and caulking the edges. You can use the caulk to fill the nail holes too.
This simple and cost effective remodel will dramatically change the style of your doors.Share