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Natural Trim for Clear-Finish Doors

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    LESLIE: Now we’re heading on over to Michigan where Roger has got a door problem. Tell us what’s going on at your money pit.

    ROGER: Yeah, I have a mid-70s, ranch-style house. It has all maple doors on the interior. And we’re just putting paint on here for the first time. It’s been white all along and I’m putting color into it and these doors just don’t look right. And I wondered what kind of alternative I have to making them look different, besides swapping them out for six panels or whatever and exchanging it all out. But I don’t want to go to that expense.

    TOM: OK. So the doors are wood doors. And have they ever been painted before or are they finished clear?

    ROGER: No, they’re finished, though, with maple – they’re maple-pressed doors or whatever or – I don’t know what they called them back then but …

    TOM: And so you say they don’t look right against the painted walls? Is that your concern?

    ROGER: They might to somebody but I just – I’m doing the trim in bright white and it just doesn’t look right with the colors on the walls and everything.

    TOM: Typically, you would not do the trim; the trim would be natural, as well.

    ROGER: Well, it would have been, yeah, but that’s not how the house was originated. Yeah, that would be a way to do it is just change out the trim but that’s not …

    TOM: Well, that’s a lot less work than changing out the doors. And you would have a lot of options if you were to change out the trim.

    So, it may not look right to you because you have painted trim and you have a clear-finish door. But if the trim is really the missing perimeter to this that’s going to frame it all in there nicely, why don’t – you could do this. Why don’t you go pick up a couple of pieces of trim and lightly tack them around the door, without even taking off the old stuff. Just kind of stick it up there, step back, take a look at it and see if it starts to make more sense to you visually.

    ROGER: That’s a good idea.

    TOM: Alright? Take small steps that way.

    And the other thing to keep in mind when you’re doing a project like this, Gene, is just remember once you paint, it’s going to look different. So that’s going to take a certain amount of getting used to.

    ROGER: You’re right about that, also.

    TOM: Alright? So I would go out and pick up some trim, tack it up there, see how it looks. Maybe try a complementary color? You could do a two-tone, something like that. And see if that does the trick for you, OK?

    ROGER: That’s a good idea.

    TOM: And good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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