Craftsman Style Door Trim DIY Update

I am so excited to share the latest update to our home. I have been wanting to update the door trims ever since we moved in. The existing door trims are outdated and are missing an inch off the bottom because the house used to have carpet. Since we are going to add new baseboards throughout the house soon, this would be the time to get in new door trims. I went with craftsman style door frames because I like the simple and clean look it gives off.

The hardest part was getting all the necessary tools for this project. I made over 5 runs to Lowe’s to get everything I needed. I had to purchase a finishing nail gun and an air pressure tank for this project. Learning how to use both of those was scary. After getting over my fear of learning how to use a new power tool, the project was actually pretty simple. 🙂

Take a look at the transformation and the steps I took to get to our lovely new craftsman style door trims. I ended up updating the door hinges and door knobs once the trim was finished. Made a big difference!

Sources I looked at before beginning this project:

1) Thrifty Decor Chick: DIY CRAFTSMAN DOOR TRIM
2) U Decor Youtube Channel: How to Install Door Casing


Poplar Wood [Measure your door and decide length of wood you need to buy]
What I used for standard door:
    (1) 1x4x10
    (1) 1x4x8
    (1) 1x2x4
    (1) 0.25x2x4
Finishing Nail Gun
2″ Finishing Nails
Air Pressure Tank
Air Hose
NPT Couple/Plug Kit (if you need a converter in order to attach the air pressure tube to the tank and nail gun)
Wood Glue
Utility Knife
White Paint (I bought the Valspar Ultra White. They sell this pre-made at Lowe’s)
Paint Brush
Power Sander
Wood Filler
Clamps (recommended but may not be necessary)

Step 1:
Cut along both edges of the trim to remove the caulk. This makes sure that you do not peel paint off the wall when removing the trim.


Step 2:
Use a flat head screwdriver (or chisel) and a hammer to remove the casing/trim. I tried both and preferred using a flathead screwdriver over the chisel.


Step 3:
Use the backside of the hammer to pull off the existing door trim and to remove nails that are still stuck in the door frame.


Step 4:
Sand down the door frame to make sure you have a flat surface for the new trim. This makes sure that the new trim will sit flush against the wall, with as little of a gap as possible.

Step 5:
Measure and cut the wood to match the door frame.
Measurements for the door to my home office.
1×4 at 81″ in length (cut 2 of these)
1×4 at 38″ in length
1×2 at 39″ in length
0.25×2 at 39″ in length

You can sand down the surface of the wood if it is not smooth.

Step 6:
Build the top of the door trim by glueing the 1x4x38, 1x2x39, 0.25x2x39 pieces together. If the wood is a little bent when you are trying to glue the pieces together, you will need to use a clamp to make sure there is good contact between the three pieces. There should not be any gap between the pieces. You can also you a nail gun to nail the pieces in place. I prefer using the clamps so there is less to touch up.

Step 7:
Use the nail gun to attach the side pieces to the door frame, then center and nail in the top piece.


Step 8:
Use wood filler putty to cover up the nail holes. And sand down the surface when it is dry.


Step 9:
Caulk the edges of the door trim.


Step 10:
Place painter’s tape around the frame to protect your walls and put some paper on the floor to protect your floors.


Step 11:
Brush on the paint a little at a time to prevent drips and uneven coating. I used roughly 4 coats of paint.


All done!

After I finished the first door, I needed to do the 2 other doors next to it. It looked weird having only one door frame updated. Here’s some pictures of the final result with updated hinges and door knobs. I am super happy with the way they turned out. Will need to paint the doors and update the wall color. 🙂


DIY Dry Erase Calendar

I have been needing a place to jot down important events and our shopping list. That is the reason for this simple DIY dry erase wall calendar. This DIY wall calendar is super easy to make, and does not require a printer. It is easily customizable to your style and space and is perfect for your command center at home or office wall.


Card stock paper
Scissors (or X-acto blade)
Double-sided tape
Glass photo frame
Ironing Board


Step 1: Choose a glass photo frame. I wanted one that would give me enough space to write down events for the calendar, so I purchased a 18″x24″ frame.

Step 2: Purchase fabric that is slightly bigger than the frame to make sure that the fabric fits seamlessly in the frame.

Step 3: Place fabric inside the frame and fold over the over flowing fabric to match the edges of the glass. Pin down the fabric that is folded over.

Step 4: Iron the fabric to get rid of wrinkles and to flatten down the parts that were folded over.

Step 5: Measure and cut card stock paper to size to fit your frame. These were my measurements.
Calendar date boxes- 2.5″ x 2″
Day of the week the boxes – 2.5″ x 0.75″
Large notes box – 6.5″ x 8.5″
Small notes box – 6.5″ x 3.75″

Step 6: Layout the boxes on the fabric and place double sided tape on each square. Flip over the boxes and secure in place with the double sided tape.


Step 7: Flip the fabric over so that the side with the boxes are against the glass, and put on the frame backing.

Step 8: Fill in the month, days, and type of notes you want for each note box.

All done! 🙂 Now all you need to do is hang it up.

DIY Personalized Mug With a Sharpie


Learn how to personalize a mug with a Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Marker and a white porcelain mug. It is super simple and a fun creative activity for groups or yourself! It can be used for so much more than just another coffee mug.

Some ideas include:

1) Succulent pots for home decor
2) Pen holder
3) Bridal shower or party activity station
4) Party favors

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Here’s how:

1) Purchase white porcelain mugs. I bought the FÄRGRIK Mug from Ikea for $0.99 each.

2) Clean the mugs. Use Lysol wipes to clean the surface you are drawing on, or just wash the entire cup with dishwashing liquid.

3) Choose an oil-based marker to draw with. I used the Sharpie oil-based paint markers. They have various color options and come in different thicknesses – extra fine, fine, and medium point.

4) Personalize your mug. Choose a pattern, quote, mustache, animal… the possibilities are endless.

5) Bake in your design onto the mug. Place your mug(s) on a baking sheet and insert onto the middle rack in the oven. Set the oven to 350°F for 30 minutes.  Make sure you turn on the oven AFTER the mugs have been placed in the oven. Leave the mugs in the oven to cool to prevent cracks.

6) Handling & Care: Make sure you hand wash the mugs. Using the dishwasher will mess up your design. My sister put hers in the dishwasher and the beautiful gold color changed to an ugly orange. YIKES!