Installing Trim and Drawer Fronts

Trim, trimminy, trim trim...

A little Mary Poppins melody to start us off today...because I could dance like a chimney sweep right now! I am really excited to share how I installed my trim and drawer fronts this week!

Installing Trim and Drawer Fronts, MyLove2Create
Don't they look so pretty?!

Seriously though, I know most people don't add trim to their closets, but I just. can't. help it.  I makes it look SO much better, and I like it to look pretty, even if it is just a closet. So there's that.

When I installed the board and batten I didn't complete the baseboard trim around the niche and the closet, since I still had to build them first.  Here is a brake down of how I added all the finishing trim to this closet and built-in.

Installing Trim and Drawer Fronts for closets and built-in's

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Step 1: Add baseboard Trim.

Adding baseboard trim to built-in and closet, MyLove2Create
When adding baseboard trim it is best to measure and cut as you go.  I like to start on one end and work my way around the space until each piece is cut.  I started at the niche first using the same trim I used with the board and batten.  Corner pieces will need to be cut at a 45 degree angle, I prefer to set my saw on a bevel, I get more accuracy that way.
Cutting and installing trim in the closet, MyLove2Create
In the closet I had removed the carpet, so I needed to make sure I set my trim up high enough so the new carpet could be installed underneath.  Once I had all the pieces measured and cut so they would fit nicely, I nailed them in place with my Ryobi Nail Gun using 2'' finish nails.

Step 2: Add vertical and horizontal trim to closet tower and built-in space.

closet with baseboards but no trim yet, MyLove2Create
Before we add the trim, here is a quick shot. See all the baseboards ready to go with a gap for the carpet?  Check.  
Built-in's without trim, MyLove2Create
Here are both the closet and built-in to this point, not too bad. If you have a keen eye you may have noticed that I added a top shelf board to the built-in's.  This was necessary before I added the trim since it needs to sit flush to the edge.  I also had to match the wall's board and batten, so it carried into the built-in's seamlessly.

This took a little bit of thinking, but luckily I figured out that I just had to add 1/2'' height to the top shelf, and then I could add a 1x3 trim around the built-in shelf and it would match the height of the board and batten. Phew!  
adding top shelf to built in with a lift to match board and batten, MyLove2Create
Here is a quick shot of how I gave it height!  I just nailed some scrap 1/2'' material to the frame and then attached the shelf on top of that.  

Now back to the trim, which adds that special touch...let's get started!
Adding vertical trim to the closet tower, MyLove2Create
I measured and cut the vertical trim.  This is why the baseboards need to be done first, so that the vertical trim can sit on top of the baseboards.  Say "Hi" to Sunny!  She likes to hang out with me ALL the time and sometimes she makes it in the shot, every dog deserves a cameo every now and then. :)
measuring and cutting horizontal trim for closet, MyLove2Create
Once the vertical trim was attached, then I measured, cut, and attached the horizontal trim.  
Adding trim to adjustable shelves in closet, MyLove2Create
This trim is basically added to all the fixed and adjustable shelves in the closet.  Make sure it is level before you nail it into the shelf boards. On your adjustable shelves you will need to leave a small gap on either side so you can, well...adjust it if needed!  

I give more detailed tips in my Building Tips for a DIY Closet so please check it out if you want more helpful information! 

checking to fit top tower piece, MyLove2Create
For my top trim in the tower, I used a 1/2''x3 1/2'' piece of MDF.  I cut it to fit the space and then...
cutting the closet tower top trim with custom design, MyLove2Create
I marked 1 1/2'' (to match the thickness of the other trim a 1x2) on either side of the ends and used a large bowel to trace a semi-circle shape to create that custom design look.  Then I simply cut it out with my Ryobi Jig saw.
ready to add top trim to closet and built-in trim, MyLove2Create
Here is a shot of all the trim in the closet, except the top tower trim, looking much to address the built in trim.
Adding trim to wall niche built-in's, MyLove2Create
I followed the same pattern as I did in the closet.  Attach the vertical trim and then the horizontal trim.  For these built in's instead of doing a 1x2 vertical trim I used a 1x3'' piece of trim to cover the space.  I used a 1x3 for the top horizontal trim as well, and only a 1x2 for the bottom trim.  I also added the 1x3 trim around the top of the built-in (not pictured above) to match the board and batten as before mentioned.
Closet and built-in trim complete, MyLove2Create
And the trim is complete!!  What do you think?  SO much better right?  I think so too!

I love how the top trim in the tower looks as well as how the room's board and batten connects perfectly to the trim around the top of the built-in's. 

Simple details = Happiness!

Step 3: Adding drawer fronts to closet and built-in drawers.

For the drawer fronts it is vital that you have the trim added first, this gives the correct size of space to measure for the size to make the drawer fronts. Because my trim is 1/2'' thick I need to use drawer fronts that are 1/2'' thick, so they are flush on the front.  The drawers are set back 1/2'' so it is perfect.

I really like drawer fronts with their own trim.  So I started with 1/4'' plywood and then added 1/4'' furring strips as the trim around the drawer fronts.  I cut these to fit the space for each of the top 4 drawers in the closet and built-in leaving 1/8' inch on all sides.  

For the hamper drawers I do it a little differently, if you are not doing hamper drawers then you can do fronts like the other drawers. 
adding hardware cloth to hamper drawers in closet and built-in's, MyLove2Create
I like to have a space for the laundry to be placed without having to have a hamper around the room. Adding Hardware Cloth to the fronts give the drawer breathability, also important for dirty laundry.

I clipped the hardware cloth to size using wire cutters, then used a staple gun and some trim to help hold it flat so I could staple it to all four sides of the drawer front.  Sometimes the staples don't go into the wood all the way, just use a hammer to finish the job!
Adding trim to the drawer fonts for the hamper drawers, MyLove2Create
I used 1x3 mdf for the trim around the hamper drawers.  Using the playing card trick I used them to give my 1/8'' gap and then nailed the trim to the drawer.  Once I had all four pieces nailed on I was done with that drawer, yay!

Now to add the top drawer fronts.
Adding drawer fronts to a wall niche with built-in drawers, MyLove2Create
When adding the drawer fronts it is important to make sure they are level, I like to make sure they are in the correct place, spaced well on all sides, then I nail the drawer front to the drawer.  After the drawer front is nailed on, I remove the whole drawer from the built-in and screw from the inside of the drawer to secure the drawer front.  I did this for all of the 4 drawers in the closet and built-in.
Attaching drawer fronts to closet and built-in dresser, MyLove2Create
On the closet I worked from the bottom to the top, since I had already done the hamper drawer.  You can see the cards were also used to help space.
Adding last drawer front to built-in dresser, MyLove2Create
I recommend doing that way, on the built-in I didn't, and in the end I had to adjust my top drawer. You can see it getting fixed on the floor in front, using an assortment of clamps and Hand Clamps to hold the trim in place while the Wood Glue dried. I had to trim it down a bit.  Sometimes you just don't get it  right, and that is ok, you just adjust and fix it.  

Projects pretty much never go perfectly.  Just take a deep breath and work on how to solve the problem, it happens ALL the time, but in the end no one even knows about it but you, because you figured it out and you are awesome! ;) (You are going to keep my secret about this drawer right?! ha ha)
Drawer fronts installed, MyLove2Create
See, all done and it looks great!!  

Step 4: Caulk, paint, and add hardware.

painting drawer fronts, MyLove2Create
Now for paint!  I gave my drawer fronts 3 coats of paint.  Once that was dry I measured for my drawer pull and added them to the drawers.  I did use Spackling for the seams on the drawers to fill and cover any cracks, this is super important to get that finished look, the cracks will show up after you paint if you skip this step.

I also caulked all seams in the closet and built-in where the trim was added and added another coat of paint to cover the caulk.  Again super important to get a clean finished look!!  The rods for hanging clothes were also added to the closet, like to stain and poly mine, the dark wood contrast makes me smile.
closet and built-in ready for finished drawers, MyLove2Create
Now to add the finished drawers!!  Yay!
finished drawers in closet and built-in, MyLove2Create
Ooo, la la!  Can drawers be sexy?  Well, I think these qualify! 
Closet and Built-in dressers all finished, MyLove2Create
I am in LOVE with this closet and built-in you guys!! All that hard work is so worth it when you can get a shot like this, I can't wait to have this room finished!

So now I have got to run. I have to design and build a less than a week. Then, I only have a week to finish this room, it is crunch time and life is CRAZY busy right now.  Let's just say I may not be getting much sleep at this point.  Wish me luck!

As always take some time to check out the other room make overs in The One Room Challenge that are happening right now!! 
One Room Challenge, MyLove2Create Week 6
And just in case you need to get caught up on my progress for this challenge here are all my posts so far:

Installing trim and drawer fronts, MyLove2Create
Until next time...



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