Here we are already at week 2 of the One Room Challenge! This week I started demo in the Mudroom to remove our existing door trim and floor tile. To see where the design is headed, you can check out my week 1 blog post here. This is still more tile removal to do, and I will share more about that next week! For this week’s update I am going to be sharing tips for how to remove your existing window and door trim. Check out the steps below and let me know if you have any questions!
As with most projects, having the right tools makes a big difference. These tools have made trim removal so easy as I’ve been gradually replacing all of the trim in our home.
Trim Removal Tools
Step 1: Score Existing Caulk
Use your utility knife to score any caulk between the existing trim and the drywall. This is an important step to keep the drywall paper face from tearing as you pull the trim away from the wall.
Additionally, you’ll want to score any caulk between the trim and the door jamb.
Step 2: Pry the Trim Away from the Wall
Use the rubber mallet to wedge the trim puller tool underneath the trim. I usually start at the top corner and work my way down. Gently push the trim puller against the wall to pry the trim off. I do this on all sides of the door or window, and the trim will usually come off as one piece! I later remove the nails from this trim and cut it down.
Step 3: Remove Nails
Using the nail puller tool, remove any nails from the door jamb and wall. Leverage the nail puller against the wood trim or a wall stud to pull out the nails. (If you put too much pressure on the edge of the drywall only, it could damage the wall.)
Use this tool again to remove any nails from the trim.
Step 4: Remove any Caulk
Using the razor blade scraper, gently remove any remaining caulk from the door jamb and drywall. This will give you a nice, clean surface before installing the new trim!
And just like that, your door is ready for new trim!
Have you ever replaced door or window trim in your own home? If it’s a project you’ve been wanting to try, I hope these tips have been helpful! With the right tools it is a fairly quick and easy process!
Next week I’ll be sharing more One Room Challenge progress in this space, including tips for removing floor tile! In the meantime, don’t forget to also check out all of the other room progress being made. You can follow the featured designers’ and other guest participants’ progress over on the ORC blog!