This story shows how to spruce up an entry door by installing decorative trim.
Installing decorative trim around an entry door -- whether old or newly installed -- is a quick way to give your house a facelift. With the advent of urethane foam molding, there is now a wide range of affordable molding styles to choose from.
Urethane foam trim is light, paintable, easy to cut, and will never rot -- ideal for exterior trim. The trim shown here can be purchased at a home center. For a larger selection, check online sources. You may need to measure your door and order the header -- the horizontal piece at the top -- at a certain length. The casing (the vertical pieces that replace the brick molding) can be cut to length.
Most of a day to install decorative trim around an entry door
Tape measure, hammer, flat pry bar, circular saw, clamps, utility knife, nail set, caulk gun, putty knife, sanding block
Measuring, cutting, fastening
Measure the doorway and buy the trim pieces. Protect the area with a drop cloth.
Urethane foam moldings to fit your doorway, 6d and 10d casing nails, adhesive recommended for your moldings, exterior caulk, exterior putty
To establish the width of the header (the piece above the door), hold each piece of casing in place and mark along its outside edge. Measure between the marks. The header looks best if it extends beyond the casing; add twice the thickness of the header to the overall length and mark for cutting.