Layered door and window trim molding

Bulking up the trim molding around your doors and windows isn’t difficult or expensive and it makes a huge impact!

 bulking up trim molding

Most builders don’t spend money on trim around doors and windows.  They might splurge on crown molding or tall baseboards but typically just put in common, inexpensive, run of the mill, everybody has them — door and window casings.

Case in point:  my office, had blah trim molding around the window and doors.  blah~

office floors

I like this SO much better.

layered window molding trim

I added another molding outside the existing one with simple mitered corners.  (I wiped off all the dried joint compound first.)

double layered trim moulding

I chose a molding that would work well with my existing trim. What I looked for:

  1. I wanted a molding that was slightly wider than my existing trim on the inside and got thicker towards the outside.
  2. I wanted a rounded inside edge so the seam where the two moldings came together would look like part of the pattern and it would look like one big, wide, bulky piece of trim once it was all painted.

Once painted, you wouldn’t know it was two pieces if you didn’t know it.

trim moulding

It just looks like one big, beautiful, bulky –expensive door casing.

doulble wide trim molding


It definitely looks nicer than the cookie cutter trim molding that was there before.

bulking up trim molding

*I purchased my trim molding from a local lumber yard, Anderson Lumber.  They had a TON of moulding options for really reasonable prices.

*Trim paint:  Sherwin Williams – out of the can white (acrylic latex- ProClassic – semi gloss)

*Office wall color:  Sherwin Williams- Light French Grey


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  2. Love this!! Thank you for posting! Do you also have posted somewhere how to do it? How did you affix the molding on the walls/original door trim? Suggestions/tips for doing this for completely ‘naked’ windows with no trim?

  3. I love this! None of my windows have any trim at all, and the doorways are sad little things. Now if I could just find some decent-looking baseboard ideas to add to what I’ve got. I don’t want to rip out the old, but also don’t want to do the “paint-in-between” thing that I’ve seen elsewhere.

  4. julia andersen says:

    I am building in 3 months and am so thankful for your photos. i was debating on just adding later down the road but have decided to do it from the get go. thanks so much!

  5. Love your newest project. It’s very timely! I was just thinking about doing that around here. Thanks for throwing in what you looked for in the molding. My builder installed 3″ trim…how wide did your trim end up being with the additional piece?

  6. Ann Nell says:

    beautiful molding !! you are a very talented carpenter…you go girl !!

  7. Amanda C says:

    Looks great! Just wondering if you did anything to the Sherwin Williams Light French Gray paint to change the color of it? I have that same color in my entrance and mine seems much bluer than yours does (yours looks more gray). Just wondering… Thanks!

    • No I didn’t change it. Paint is always effected by everything else in the room and the windows and which direction the sun is shining in… That is why choosing paint is such a difficult task.

  8. It’s amazing how new trim completely changes the look of windows and doors! I know you’re super busy, but could you please sometime write a tutorial on how to deal with angles that are not exactly 90 degrees? I trimmed a lot of windows in my house many years ago and remember having the hardest time cutting the trim according to inexact angles. Thanks so much, love your blog and your amazing creations!!

  9. Wonderful job! This is awesome!

  10. So true that builders don’t add nice door and window trim unless you request it. We added some just like what you added around all our doors and windows on the first floor when we built our home 17 years ago. We just used the standard stuff upstairs to save money. My husband did all our trim. I am so amazed at the work you can do that I had to show my husband your closet that blows me away.

  11. You really do a beautiful job on the mitered corners! Your molding is just perfect and really makes a statement!

    • Thank you Sharon. The miters are my friends. It’s the compound miters I’m not so thrilled with. ;-)

  12. Recreateanddecorate says:

    I am showing my husband this right now! Cant wait for him to do ours as well as crown molding and baseboards! Looks great!

  13. MoeWest says:

    For your closet(?) door near the corner, are you leaving that as is because there’s not enough room for more trim? I have that situation for quite a few doors in my house. I could add to the top but not the sides.

    • The two doors on the adjacent wall will most likely get moved when I do the Jack and Jill bathroom so I’m not doing anything to those doors right now.

  14. I actually love that look, we started doing that in our 1/2 bathroom by mistake. I love it so much that I’m going thru the house little by little and beefing up the rest of the window casings where I can. :) Love it!

  15. Are you going to do this trim around all of your doors in you house?

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