Choosing to install your own moulding can save a boat load of money. However, you must be sure to use the proper tools and techniques to get the job done. Otherwise, you could be left with trim that sits poorly or has too many gaps. Here’s what you need to know:

The Tools You Need 

To prepare for installing your DIY moulding, you first need a tape measure and a pencil to measure your walls. You will also need a miter saw that can be adjusted to multiple angles for cutting your corners and a coping saw for inside corners. You will also need a hammer and finishing nails, or a finishing nail gun to attach the moulding to your wall.

How to Install Your DIY Moulding

Start by measuring your walls. Keep in mind that you will need to make adjustments for the corners to ensure that the pieces fit tightly together. Before you begin cutting, you might want to set the pieces together so you understand which direction your cuts need to go. You will not want any visible gaps in your corners, as they can be very hard to hide. If you do have gaps you may be able to fill them with some caulking or cover them with a corner cap. Once you have made your cuts, it is time to start putting your trim up. You will likely need an extra person to help you hold the trim pieces in place while you nail them up. You need to be sure that they are fit snugly up against the ceiling and into each corner before you begin nailing. After you have installed your trim neatly to the walls, you can finish filling in any gaps and painting your trim pieces. The installation process can be very time consuming when done right, but will certainly be worth your patience and attention. To view a full collection of moulding profiles and options, visit Volterra Architectural Products online. We can help you find a moulding that enhances the style of your home and meets your needs for a simple DIY installation. Call 602-253-7373 today to speak with our product experts.