When you’ve completely renovating a room in your house, changed it into something totally different that you barely recognize it as the room you started with — trim may seem like an afterthought but you need to install base and door trim at a minimum but don’t forget trimming your windows as well. All the windows, even the little ones, will look that much better and it doesn’t take that long.
So you need trim but what do you need to buy and how do you get it home? Here’s your checklist.
Buy the 16 foot lengths of trim. You’ll probably have at least one wall that’s 16 feet or longer. Buy a bunch of it, get it home and then measure out what you’ll need for each room and each situation.
For base trim, buy fiberboard. Fiberboard is really flexible, it bends easily without breaking, which is a huge help when you’re trying to manoeuvre a 16 foot piece around your house. If the room is oddly shaped, you can bend the trim to get it into the room. For finishing windows and doors, try pine wood — it cuts a bit smoother than fiberboard and was easier to sand and paint the joints and corners.
Only pay for what you need. If you only need an 8 foot piece, just pull down one of those 16 footers and cut it in half. Leave yourself an extra half foot to a foot, just in case.
Buy a bit more trim than you think you need. One of the best ways to finish your project on time and save money is not having to go the hardware store a whole bunch. If you end up with extra, just bring it back and return it — the last thing you want is to run out of material. And get pre-primed trim — this is a no-brainer because it’s ready to go when you are, no time spent priming your trim.
Safety first when securing the trim to your vehicle. You may have to drive slow and take side streets or you can tie the middle and both ends so it’s snug and won’t bounce around.
Bring a tape measure with you. No worrying it there’s one handy at the hardware store plus you can measure what length will fit inside of your vehicle — maybe you can just throw it in the back instead of tying down on the roof.