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Molding & Trim How To & DIY

Improve the value of your home by discovering our molding step-by-step tips & ideas.

Pro Tips for Painting Trim

Give trim the special treatment it deserves

How to Duplicate Custom Molding

Can't find a match for your original molding? With these steps you can easily make matching trim


How to Cut Crown Molding Inside Corners

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to enhance a room with easy-to-install crown molding using plastic clips and caulking to finish.


How to Create Simulated Panels with Molding

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva creates a simulated stile and rail wainscoting on a dining room wall by using base cap molding.


How to Match Historic Molding

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor look at ways to match historic molding.

How to Install Wood Crown Molding

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares his tips and techniques for installing decorative crown molding

How to Bisect Angles for Cutting Miters

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows a quick and accurate way to cut perfect-fit miters

S3 E16, Tom Silva show Kevin O’Connor how to replicate molding profiles

How to Replicate Molding Profiles

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva reveals various means and methods of making your own authentic reproduction moldings


How to Install Kitchen Cabinet Crown Molding

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares his secrets for producing tight-fitting mitered corner joints on crown molding


How to Install Three-Piece Crown Molding

Layer stock moldings onto a box beam to create a budget-friendly custom profile.

6 Tips on Shopping for Beadboard

Nothing adds character to a room faster than beadboard. Here's how to choose the right material for your space.


How to Cut Crown Molding

Tom Silva shares some tricks of the trade for cutting crown molding precisely to create a scarf joint and outside corners.

How to Install a Fireplace Mantel

Learn how to install a wood mantel on a brick fireplace.

S39 E14 recreating decorative roof brackets with Kevin O’Connor and Charlie Silva

How to Make Decorative Roof Brackets

Decorative cedar brackets are often found under an overhang like a balcony or a roof. Some brackets may be structural, but in this case, these ornamental brackets are simply decorative and are part of the home’s original features. Watch as This Old House Host Kevin O’Connor meets with Builder Charlie Silva in his shop while he makes brackets himself.


Decorative Crown Molding

In this step-by-step video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows the best way to install decorative trim to the joint between wall and ceiling.

How to Install Matching Molding

Tom Silva demonstrates how to create new molding that will exactly match the profile of existing molding. He also shows how to use a special tool called profile gauge to trace the shape of the molding exactly


How to Install Interior Window Trim

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva installs interior window trim using hand tools


How to Dress Up a Hollow-Core Door

Apply panel molding to a featureless door to create a grand entrance to any room


How to Choose Interior Molding

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva discusses some of the many options available for trimming out the interior of a room.


How to Install a Lincrusta Wainscot

The textured, tough-wearing wall covering has stood the test of time

All About Crown Molding

Highlighting the transition between walls and ceiling, this decorative trim adds character to even the plainest rooms

Beautify Your Home With Crown Molding and Other Trim Upgrades

Add character to plain rooms with crown molding, baseboards, wainscoting and more

Backing Strips for Crown Molding

Create a nailing surface when ceiling joists aren't where you need them

How to Cope a Joint for Crown Molding

In this how-to video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to cut tight-fitting inside corner joints

13 Easy Door Surround Profiles From Stock Molding

Mix and match off-the-shelf trim to create stylish door casings

Saving Old Trim

How to pry it off the wall in one piece

How to Install Crown Molding: Cut, Cope & Hang

From measuring to cutting to coping, discover how to easily install crown molding and add sculptural interest to your rooms.

Mending Miter Joints

Coax your baseboard's outside corners back into place with this simple trick

Splicing Molding

A single length of molding spanning a wall is best, but when you have to use a second piece, use this technique to hide the gap

Top 10 Repair Questions

Expert answers to the most frequently asked home maintenance questions

How to Put In Crown Molding

Tom Silva's step-by-step guide to putting up an ornamental ceiling border

Removing Baseboard

Get vinyl baseboard off the wall without ruining the surface