Update Your Hallway – Part Deux

Hi there you lovely people! Have you noticed something different about the site over the last week? Well, I’m in the process of making some changes (for the better is the hope!) so bear with me a bit longer!

Anyhow, recently I wrote about two easy ways to update your hallway and today I wanted to share with you the second part of that post, how we added craftsman style to our builder grade door trim.

I’m drawn to craftsman style for it’s timeless simplicity and adding even a few elements of it throughout your home can transform your space from bland to interesting often with a few easy updates.

Craftsman style is all about straight lines, earthy tones, use of natural wood and stonework, and screams cozy. It has home written all over it and is quintessential Americana.

So we brought a little of it to our home by adding this easy door trim.

The top of the original door trim was removed with a rotary tool.


If you’re wondering (and I really hope you aren’t) those are not my hands, they are my man’s hands. (Between working crazy  long hours he somehow also finds time to help with some projects too!)

Meanwhile I was busy in the basement making the new trim pieces.

I first measured the width of each door.

Let’s pause for a side note. Did you know not every door in your home is the same width? You probably did because you’re smart like that. But I didn’t. In our upstairs alone there were three different sizes of doors!

Glad I measured. I measured wide so that the trim would leave a 3/4″ overhang.

To make the trim I used 3 1/4″ x 3/8″ pine moulding and 1/2″ x 1/2″ pine base (I think it’s actually called a parting stop, you’ll find it where you find other moulding products)


 I glued the three pieces together with wood glue, clamped and let dry completely.


I sanded, painted white and then installed using a nail gun. I added a bead of caulk to fill in the inevitable gaps and it was done.

Pretty slick stuff.

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And there you have it, much better eh? All you need is a weekend. So get busy and add a little character to those hallways!



About Amanda

I’m a Minnesota mama of three, wife of one, and human to our 4 legged canine friends Charlie and Jack. I’m a lover of all things DIY, coffee with cream, summer nights at the lake and good craft beer.


  1. I love it! It’s such an elegant touch and so much nicer than anything builders today are offering!
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  2. Your hallway looks so pretty. I am in love with the white and lt gray. It looks so light and airy! My house is so dark and pretty annoying! You are doing a great job.
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  3. It’s amazing what a difference something so simple can make, it looks fantastic! :)
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  4. So clean and beautiful! Pinning in case I can ever get around to doing something like this.
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  5. I love the colors in your hallway! Great idea to change the molding at the top of the door, it gives it a nice pop.

  6. Hey Amanda! I wanted to say thanks sooo much for continuing to support my link up party. I really appreciate that you take the time to link up. I’m excited to see how your dining table turns out. :)
    Lory xo
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  7. Hey, stopping by from the Feather Your Nest Friday linkup!

    Your hallway looks amazing, I’m lovin all the updates y’all have done!
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  8. Looks gorgeous! Isn’t it amazing how such a small thing makes such a big difference! Thanks for linking to Show Me Saturday!
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  9. This looks so pretty! I’m dying to do something like this. I wish more people would kick their builder grades up a notch!
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  10. Awesome idea! That really improves the look of the basic molding. I’m a big of Craftsman style too, and love how simple this look is, but not boring. Loving your new design, too!
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  11. Love the trim!!!

  12. Great project! Thanks for sharing it at The Pin Junkie! I’m stopping by to let you know that your updated hallway is being featured today in a roundup of home decorating ideas.
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  13. Love!! So simple and clean! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday – Link Party!! Hope you come back tomorrow and share some more!! Pinned!!
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  14. It all looks so nice and I really like the trim!
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  15. The door trim looks beautiful in your home! Thanks for sharing with us over at Motivational Monday! Hope you’ll join us again this week: http://makingitinthemitten.blogspot.com/2015/03/motivational-monday-march-8th.html
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  16. What paint color did you use for your hallway? I love the look you’ve created!

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