Modern Casing and Headers

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 03/28/2014 - 12:53

Last week, we got all the doors stained and top coated for the Momplex unit we are currently working on.

And then we hung all the interior doors.

Doesn't look like we got a lot done this week, but we did!  Did you notice the new trim?

On this side of the Momplex, we are going for a modern rustic look.  Wood doors with wood trim on a wood floor would have been way too much wood, wouldn't it have?  

So we opted for just wood doors, and white trim around the doors. I love how it turned out!!!

Here's how we trimmed the windows in doors this time around:

We opted for simple 1x4s for the window and door casings.  We pre-painted the boards on sawhorses with a paint sprayer.  It's much easier to do this on the ground, than in place.

Then we nailed the 1x4 boards up on either side of the windows (and doors) leaving a 3/16" reveal around the window boxes.

We used our favorite Ryobi AirStrike nailer to attach the trim.

For the bottom trim, we also used 1x4s.

And just nailed those up.

Notice the header trim?  Here's how we made those up:

 Go big or go home, right?  

Well, we did go big AND go home, and installed it.

We purchased from the home improvement store extra wide header moulding.  This stuff is 5-1/2" tall. It was a few dollars more per stick than the stuff we used on the first Momplex unit, ending up in less than $100 more for the entire unit in cost increase.

We cut the headers to the desired length, beveling the ends at 45 degrees,

Cutting both sides, so the unfinished side is short point to short point with both ends cut at 45 degree bevels.

Then we cut some tiny little pieces, one end beveled at 45 degrees, 

Those pieces are called mitered returns and will finish the ends out of the headers.

There's not enough there to nail the mitered returns on, so we applied hot glue to them,

And glued the mitered returns to the headers.

There's one end done.

Like the window side and bottom trim, we painted the finished headers on sawhorses first, and let them dry.

And then brought the headers upstairs and placed them where they belong.

Each header is carefully labeled so there's not mix-ups or guess work to where each one goes.

Then we just nailed the headers to the tops of the windows, using 2" nails to nail into the window framing and bucks.

We also nailed downward from the header into the 1x4 side trim.

We'll have a tiny bit of touch up to fill nail holes, but otherwise ....

I love how the window trim is turning out!!!

We trimmed the door headers out in the same manner,

I love how the simple but more substantial white trim makes the wood doors pop.

If we'd done wood trim around the doors, this entire hallway would have been dark wood.  But the white helps brighten the hall up let's us show off the wood doors and floor.

Next up, we'll be adding baseboard!  Can't believe how close we are getting to finishing the Momplex completely!

So what do you think?  Do you like the wood doors floating in the white frames?  The extra wide headers?  Have you done trim work in your home?  Do you paint your trim first?  We'd love to hear your side too!

XO Ana + Fam



Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:36

I am trying to create the profile with no such luck or buy it but can not locate! Any suggestions will be appreciated .

T Linskey 


Mon, 08/17/2015 - 19:14

I was so excited to see you love the AirStrike nailer!  My husband invented it and licensed it to Ryobi.  Necessity is the mother of invention. We've built our last 5 homes and are in the process of building our 6th.  He was more than tired of pneumatic hoses.  It's fun seeing other people using it on HGTV and different sites on the web.  He also used your plans to build our farmhouse bed as an anniversary gift 6 years ago.  We love your site!


Tue, 01/05/2016 - 19:39

I love your trim!  I've looked everywhere for the 5 1/2 inch header board and can't find it.  Can you please tell me where I could find it?





Mon, 12/19/2016 - 06:03

Ive looked everyone where for the exact size and profile for the headers you used for the doors and windows on this project and haven't been able to find.  Could you please share the store you bought them at and any other info you have? I would be so grateful!


Tue, 04/03/2018 - 01:11

I love the stained doors! Did you build them?  I even like the stained doors with the white trim.  Is wood stained trim and doors going out of style? I am working on a new master bedroom addition and I installed Marvin Intergity windows with fiberglass white exterior and wood interior.  Am I making a mistake in not painting the trim white?   I have never liked seeing white house interior trim that had so many coats of paint that it looked messy.  usually if you need to touch up wood stained trim a light sanding and light coat of polyurethane is all that is needed.  I do love your site for ideas and plans!  Thank you for sharing, as it’s inspired me to do things myself!