Farmhouse Trim- Budget friendly

Are you looking for a budget friendly way to finish off your room? Look no further our frugal farmhouse trim tutorial from The Old Summers Home is the perfect solution. Add some rustic farmhouse style on the cheap. Visit theoldsummershome.com to learn how

Hi and welcome to The Old Summers Home! When redoing a room it can add up extremely fast. Especially the finishing touches. One large expense for a room can be the trim. Window, door, crown and baseboards- it all adds up quick and can easily be a few hundred dollars. Today I’m going to show you my farmhouse trim tutorial and how we trimmed our entire mudroom for under $40!! That’s right- baseboards, ceilings, window and 3 doors- under 40 dollars! This tutorial is a game changer when working on a tight budget.

Farmhouse Trim- Tools and supplies

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  • 3/8ths good one side fir plywood
  • table saw
  • palm sander & sandpaper
  • white paint in satin finish or matte
  • roller and tray
  • paint brush
  • mitre saw
  • air nailer, 2″ nails
  • air compressor and hose

Take measurements

We had some 3/8ths plywood left over from our shiplap wall and that’s when the idea came to me that I could create farmhouse trim for the entire room and save a small fortune. First I measured all the wall lengths, then the door ways and the window last.Then I decided how wide I wanted my trim to be. Our old trim was 2″ 1/4 fibreboard. I wanted something a bit wider so opted for 3″ for ceiling, baseboard and door ways trim. I choose 4″ for the window in hopes of a farmhouse look and to help cover up same badly damaged drywall.

Calculate how much wood you are going to need to make your farmhouse trim. Round up so you have extra in case you make mistakes

Then I figured out how many sheets of plywood I would need. I needed one sheet and approximately 1/4 of a second for all the trim I this room. So off I ran to the store and picked up two sheets of good one side fir plywood ($22 a sheet wow!). I needed half a sheet for my herringbone table and it never hurts to have extra incase you inspiration strikes haha.

Trim can run anywhere from $10-$40 for 8 linear feet. Fibreboard trim is a cheaper way to go but still costly. Wood trim is high end pricy more for finished and ready to install. In total I needed approximately 160 linear feet. Cost could be anywhere from $200-$800 for this one room alone. I was able to do this entire room for under $40 and a day of labour. A little bit of hard work can pay off huge!

Cut your farmhouse trim boards

Using a table saw is the easiest way to do this and gives you the ability to keep your 8 ft lengths. I bought Josh this table saw and stand for Father’s day a few years back and it has gotten so much use. I’m really love this thing, it is easy to use and portable. I mostly use it for smaller projects like signs and leave the big cuts to my husband haha. For ripping a full sheet of plywood no way would I attempt that by myself. Josh and I worked together guiding it through and it went quickly and most importantly safely. 8 ft is a lot of length to rip on a table saw by yourself so make sure you have someone available to give you hand.

Rip your plywood using a table saw to create your 3 inch trim strips

We set the table saw to 3 inches using a measuring tape for accuracy. Once we finished cutting our 20 pieces of 3 inch, we adjusted to 4 inches and cut out the trim for the window.

Sand your boards

Not going to lie this is the worst part haha. I strongly dislike sanding but unfortunately this is a step in most cases you just can not skip. Grab your palm sander and around a 80 grit sandpaper. I mainly focused on all my cut edges then switched to 220 grit and sanded the entire board. This is a messy job make sure you use proper protective equipment such as a mask safety glasses etc. I actually react badly to saw dust so I look like I’m in some nuclear meltdown when I’m all suited up hahaha.

When sanding make sure you use PPE like gloves safety glasses and a mask.

Paint your farmhouse trim

Finding enough space for this can be rather difficult so I worked on 6 or so at the same time then switched them out. I laid them on a flat surface and used my roller to go over the fronts with my satin white paint. I let the boards dry for a bit then stacked them together and rolled paint on all the side edges at the same time flipped and did the opposite side. Now I took each board one by one and painted the surface once more and moved them standing straight up and down off to the side to dry. This also allowed me to have more room to start working on the next boards.

Paint your trim with a roller. two coats will give it a nice rustic look

Install your trim

Installing the trim is quick and easy. Because of the style I wanted I didn’t cut any angles in my trim to splice them together instead I used straight cuts for a bold farmhouse look. I left the air compressor outside and ran a cord through the window because wow, air compressors are so loud inside the house. Firstly I started with doing the window trim. I decided to make my top board a bit longer (2″) just to give it some extra detail. Using the mitre saw I cut the boards to the lengths I needed and nailed them onto the window frame making sure they were hitting something solid.

Frugal farmhouse trim tutorial from The Old Summers Home. Add some rustic farmhouse style on the cheap

Now I went around doing all the baseboards. Measure, cut, nail into place. It’s amazing how fast this goes!

Farmhouse trim by theoldsummershome.com

I also did the same little over hang above the doors. I needed Josh’s help for the top farmhouse trim. I’m quite stubborn and tried to do it on my own but I was cursing relatively quick. Sooooo don’t be like Jenn, ask for help haha.

Frugal farmhouse trim tutorial from The Old Summers Home. Add some rustic farmhouse style on the cheap

You can add caulking to the seams if you please. I chose not too after all I want rustic farmhouse trim. And that is really all there is to it peeps.

Frugal farmhouse trim tutorial from The Old Summers Home. Add some rustic farmhouse style on the cheap


Farmhouse Trim- An overview

Frugal farmhouse trim tutorial from The Old Summers Home. Add some rustic farmhouse style on the cheap
Frugal farmhouse trim tutorial from The Old Summers Home. Add some rustic farmhouse style on the cheap

Yay or nay? Now that you have seen how you too can add farmhouse trim on the frugal are you ready to add this to your home? Which room are you going to tackle first? Would love to hear what you think in the comments below. Thanks so much for joining us at The Old Summers Home!

Until next time;

Jenn Summers

The Old Summers Home

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