Our Rustic DIY Interior Door Trim

In my previous post I showed how we went about distressing pine wood to give a rustic look to our interior door trim. I promised to post photos of them installed, so here you go!….

DIY Distressed Moldings

(I hadn’t painted the left side of the room yet) The left side of the door was a challenge as it only has a tiny bit of wall and three hinges to work around, but after some trimming and finagling, Aaron got it slipped into place. Sort of the same issue on the other side of the room, only no hinges, but still an itty bitty wall to work with….

Stained Wood Door Moldings

We went with a slightly wider board for the top header, because we needed more room to add a bit of ‘hardware’ to it. Our hardware consisted of 8 lag bolts and 8 washers we picked up at our local hardware store for a few bucks. We also purchased spray paint for the bolts and washers – it says ‘for plastic’ but it also says for metal, wood, etc….

Spray Paint For Hammered Metal

Aaron made a spray ‘room’ in an old box so as to keep the spray from coating everything else in the backyard, and then used some packing Styrofoam that came with a tool he had purchased, using it as a drying stand. He’d spray the bolts and then stick them upright into the Styrofoam to dry….

Make A Drying Station Out Of Styrofoam

How To Dry Spray Paint

I’ll be honest, the faux hammered look didn’t really show up all that well on the bolts, it did to some degree give it a bit of texture, better than a basic dark grey spray paint would have, so I was still happy. While these were drying, Aaron installed some vintage reproduction push button switches….

Vintage Reproduction Push Button Switches

I just LOVE them! I found them here. They’re a reproduction and make a slight snap sound, but not near as ‘snappy’ loud as the original old time ones did. Once all that was done, Aaron installed the bolts into the headers. He pre-drilled a pilot hole before screwing the bolts in.

Lag Bolts For A Rustic Look

Lag Bolts And Washers For An Industrial Look

Here is a closeup….

Rustic Door Header

We’re going to eventually change out the garage door to continue with the rustic feel we’re trying to achieve, but for now it works within our budget to keep it for a while. The other side of this small laundry area had a door as well that led to the hallway, but it was a poorly designed room – both doors swung open towards each other with no real space between them, and took up a lot of walking space. So we completely removed the hallway door and jamb, and in it’s place, we’ll eventually cap the bare jamb with stained wood, no door.

Here is one more look at the before and after….

DIY Rustic Door Before And After

You might recall that this room started out with some pretty dated upper cabinets, and that we took them down, which we posted about here. We’re building our own shelving to take their place, want to see them? Then stay tuned! 🙂


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