Hanging Wood Trim in My Living Room

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I put off painting my living room for years because it is attached to our two story entry way. I did not want to have to paint the entry, because it involves the use of scaffolding. I wasn’t sure how to make the transition from one room to the next when they shared a wall. So I put it off.

Then one day I was browsing one of my favorite blogs, Thrifty Decor Chick. I watched her video on how to install molding. And a light bulb went off. Two actually. First I thought, “Hey, I think I might actually be able to do that.” Then the real flash of inspiration: “I could totally use trim to separate the space between my living room an entry. Duh, why didn’t I think of that sooner?” I decided to give it a go.

So, I painted the living room. And was left with this:
diy-trim moldingI headed to Home Depot and picked up some wood trim. I wanted it to be pretty substantial, so I ended up buying a trim piece and two pieces of pencil trim for the sides.
diy-trim moldingI primed and painted them a nice white color, then brought them inside.
diy-trim moldingNext came the exciting part. Using my new Hitachi nail gun from CSN stores for the very first time!
diy-wood-trimI’m comfortable with power sanders and my scroll saw, but I’ll admit that I was a little nervous to use something attached to an air compressor. I had my husband put in the first nail just so I could see how it was done. After that, I did all the rest by myself. And it was much easier than I thought it would be. Woohoo!
I put all three trim pieces up together, made sure they were level, and had my husband hold them in place while I nailed them in.
Now there is a distinct separation between the two spaces.
I just love how it turned out:
Now that I’ve done the wood trim in my living room, I can’t wait to use my nail gun for more projects in 2011!! Thanks Sarah!!


  1. WONDERFUL!!!! I finally used my nail gun (I got them same one for my review for csn) too. For my board and batten, making a tv stand, making my own mantel, etc… What a fun project. Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday’s!

  2. I love it! Looks like it came with the house! Very well done.

  3. Looks really good, very creative fix. I love using power tools and just got my own air compressor and nail gun for the wedding. Haven’t used it yet, but I have big plans for it. Thanks for the fresh inspiration.

  4. Genius! 🙂

  5. Shelley Smith says

    Ooo! What a great idea 🙂
    I love that look of molding separating a rooM!
    Nice work!
    ~Shelley Smith

  6. Isabel Jenson says

    It looks very good! I’m glad you tried and succeeded!

  7. the cape on the corner says

    wow. that looks great, and definitely like 2 completely separate spaces. and look at you doing it completely on your own-i am impressed and more than a little jealous of your mad skills!

  8. Wow, looking good Kara!.

  9. Looks Fabulous! How exciting! Way to go!

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