If you’re like me, and you live in an older ranch style house, or as I like to refer to it, vintage, you know it was designed and built with minimal exterior and interior aesthetics to reflect a casual lifestyle. Well, that doesn’t mean you can’t give it a modern makeover. And one of the simplest, most inexpensive ways I’ve found to do that is by adding or updating the existing moulding. I’ve seen first-hand the way crown moulding can add drama to any room just by filling in that plain drab line between your walls and ceilings. I’ve finally gotten around to adding crown moulding to every room in my house. My next project is updating the dark moulding around the doors in all the rooms with modern, white profiles for a crisp, finished look.
What makes updating moulding around your doors easy to do yourself is the pre-finished door trim kits you can purchase at Lowe’s. With just a few basic woodworking tools and some old-fashioned elbow grease, you can trim a door in a few hours. Here are some DIY instructions to get you motivated.
The kit I used comes with Fluted Casing and two Corner Blocks. The Premium kit comes with two additional Plinth Blocks to give the frame a solid base look. Each kit is easy to install and requires no miter-cuts.
The aesthetic value of adding moulding to doors goes way beyond just hiding door jamb seams, it adds beauty and more character to your home. Next up, my windows! I’ve got some outdated moulding around those too. As you can see in this picture, you can frame picturesque views and play off natural light just by adding interesting moulding detail to any window in your house.
So, my fellow DIYers out there who’ve taken your ranch homes from ho-hum simple, to oh-my-wow, send in your pictures, or share your own ranch renovation strategies with us.