If you are refinishing a house to flip or live in, one thing you might find difficult is the trim work around the doors and windows. It can be very expensive, and you might have other problems that prevent you from hanging the trim work, but fear not, there are a couple of ideas you can use to help you hang the trim work in a beautiful and easy manor.
If you find that you have damaged plaster around the window sills and doors, you might not be able to hang trim do to the plaster’s holes showing beyond the trim, or because the trim won’t be able to be mounted correctly with the damage, you might have to repair the plaster. But, it will be easier to buy larger trim.
Simple good looking boards can be used as trim. 2×4’s are a great choice as they are cheap, usually wide enough to cover some mistakes and flaws, To do so simply choose the best looking boards, avoiding nicks dents, and knotholes. Then cut them to the size of your window or door and gently hang them up. Once they are up you can choose between staining them with wood stain, lacquer, or painting them. Of course you can use larger boards of combinations of different sizes if you wish.
Painting the boards can be the easiest way to solve the problem, but you will be covering up the natural beauty of the wood. Usually you will probably not want to paint the trim work a dark color, as it will not be able to be repainted well.
If 2×4’s and other sized boards are not fancy enough for you, you can always go with professional trim, If professional trim is not large enough for you or if you want something with a carved wood look, you can get power tools and turn your own boards into fancy trim. Routers, skill saws, and even a table saw can be used to trim up a board and carve it into a piece of art to hang around your windows.
Whatever you try to do, remember that you have total control of your home, Do it to your personal taste if you want to keep it, as you will be looking at it almost every day. If you are going to flip the house and try to turn a profit however, the plainer you get, the more attractive your house will become to the greater number of people.