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Old 05-27-2008, 08:56 AM   #1
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Trim Molding-Which is less expensive?

I'm trimming out a small guest house and was thinking about using 1x4s for the trim. Is this less expensive than going with actual trim molding?


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Standard base and case molding are not much different in cost that good quality 1 by 4 pine. Using 1 by 4 will give a more rustic look. If you are going for cheap, use MDF (Medium density fiberboard) base and casing. Most lumber yards carry it, also the big box stores.


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It will depend on what the 1x4 is...mdf, pine, oak, walnut...

I'd check you local big box - for a small house, paint-grade trim should be pretty inexpensive.

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Unless you want the look of flat stock, it will be less expensive to buy a paint grade , finger jointed profiled molding from the lumber yard. Unless you are looking for a log cabin rustic look, you will have to buy #1 pine or poplar stock; lesser pine grade will be full of knots and is not suitable for painting.
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