3 Common Mistakes People Make When They Replace Wood Trim

Wood Trim
With its clean lines and interesting profiles, crown molding is used by home and business owners alike to make their walls look finished and beautiful. Although trim work is a fun and relatively simple DIY project, there are a few errors you should avoid if you care about the quality of the finished project.
Here are three common mistakes people tend to make when they replace wood trim and how you can avoid them. 
1. Buying Cheap Products​
​After budgeting for hardwood crown molding, you might be pleasantly surprised when you arrive at the lumberyard to discover other less expensive options. Unfortunately, vinyl and medium-density fiberboard crown molding lengths have their own set of drawbacks, and it doesn't make sense to invest in a project that you won't be happy with later.
For starters, both MDF and vinyl can be difficult to work with. In addition to cracking easily, vinyl and plastic crown moldings are prone to yellowing over the years, and they can be difficult to cut. MDF moldings are flexible and easy to use around curved walls, but they don't grip screws well and have a tendency to dent and pit.
To avoid complicating your project before you even start, invest in high-end, real wood crown moldings and trim lengths. When you shop for products, keep in mind that molding is usually sold by the foot, and you should plan for a way to haul home long lengths of trim.
2. Choosing Hard-to-Clean Designs
Depending on how you are using molding, it may or may not accumulate dust and residue from inside of your home. Unfortunately, if you are replacing baseboards or trim around kitchen cabinets, an ornate design might make it impossible to clean moldings regularly.
For example, if you are updating your home's baseboards, simple, flat trim will be easier to install and a snap to dust. On the other hand, each curve and ledge on that fancy French-styled molding will need to be dusted, making cleaning a lot more involved.
Before you shop for trim for your home, think about how much time you want to dedicate to cleaning moldings. Additionally, think about how the surface of the moldings will be finished and whether or not you will be able to clean it with normal household cleaners. For instance, if you plan on painting trim work, look for a paint that will hold up against wet washcloths and cleaners. 
3. Not Matching Existing Trim​
You might only be updating the downstairs, but how silly will it look if the baseboards change profiles as soon as they hit the stairs? One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make when they replace trim around their homes is ignoring existing moldings and trying to make new versions blend in.
If you are updating certain parts of your home with new trim, take a good, hard look at the shape and condition of the moldings throughout the rest of your home. If you know that you will need to match existing profiles, find a corner and trace the outline of the molding to take with you to the store.
Although you might not be able to find stock matches for vintage crown molding designs, many professional lumber yards can create custom molding knives to make you the trim lengths you need. Keep in mind that this process typically involves paying for setup fees, but it could help you to preserve the original character of your home.
Before you start your next woodworking project, take a few minutes to chat with the professionals at Larsen Lumber. Recently recognized as the fifth oldest family owned lumber yard in the United States, these talented woodworkers understand the intricacies of trim work and can help you to find the perfect products for your next home upgrade.