A quick lesson in MDF boards — MDF boards are available in almost all of the standard sizes that regular wood lumber is available in — 1″ x 2″, 1″ x 4″, 1″ x 6″ and so on.
But at Home Depot, they have them labeled differently.
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I wanted something fancier than just plain trim, mitered at the corners, but I don’t think my house calls for anything that’s really super fancy with crown moulding and such, so this is what I came up with… I took the photo at night, and didn’t turn the light on in the music room, so it’s just really dark in there. To create this look, you use either plain 1-inch solid wood lumber, or you can use pre-primed MDF boards.
I chose to use MDF boards because they’re pretty much perfect — consistent thickness and width, and perfectly smooth with no wood grain or knot holes to deal with.
The materials and methods common in the 1950’s were distinctive and relatively consistent.
Understanding these materials and methods helps determine the viability of a remodel and allows for a more straight-forward decision making process.
So the equivalent of a real wood 1″ x 4″ in an MDF board is labeled 11/16″ x 3.5″. I added trim to the other side of the kitchen doorway so that I could show you how it’s done, and my door already had door facings (which yours will as well if you’re just wanting to replace existing trim).
So from here on out, I’m going to use the dimensions as if I used real wood lumber. But in the event that you’re dealing with a roughed in doorway with no trim at all, here’s a close up view of how the door facings are installed.
And while we are taking out that wall, it will require moving appliances, so we want to be prepared to redo the whole kitchen at that point.
It’s like the ultimate “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie” moment.
Here are a few common characteristics of MCM homes: The foundations are solid- enough to support a second story addition (when desired), the framing is usually in good shape- which is easy to supplement, and there is quite often pre-existing stone work and other textures- which is desirable to retain during the remodel and would be expensive to replicate on a new home. The electrical, plumbing and ventilation systems have been working hard for nearly 60 years and it’s time to update them.