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Old 12-06-2010, 03:26 PM   #1
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Casing an existing door opening?


Hello. First post here. Please forgive me if I use improper terminology.

My living room and kitchen are connected with a square archway similar to what is pictured here



The entire arch is finished drywall and painted all around. I wanted to do a casing all around the opening, like this.



While at the big box stores, I've seen "DIY door trim kits" that have the horizontal and vertical casing pieces, as well as the corner pieces with the small circles. What I am not clear about is... what goes inside the actual opening?

My trim is painted. Do I simply add the casing all around leaving 1/4" gap, and paint the exposed drywall to match the casing trim? I am confused, and I can't find anything about this.

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Hello. First post here. Please forgive me if I use improper terminology.

My living room and kitchen are connected with a square archway similar to what is pictured here



The entire arch is finished drywall and painted all around. I wanted to do a casing all around the opening, like this.



While at the big box stores, I've seen "DIY door trim kits" that have the horizontal and vertical casing pieces, as well as the corner pieces with the small circles. What I am not clear about is... what goes inside the actual opening?

My trim is painted. Do I simply add the casing all around leaving 1/4" gap, and paint the exposed drywall to match the casing trim? I am confused, and I can't find anything about this.
I think the most typical approach here is to case the inside perimeter of the entranceway with 1x lumber and then trim around with whatever molding you desire... there is probably nothing stopping you from using the finished drywall as the termination, unless this will cause an issue with baseboards depending on the layout of your wall. Trimming with wood will be stronger and more uniform with the rest of your moldings.

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Old 12-06-2010, 03:51 PM   #3
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I'd rip 1x select pine and leave a slight reveal on the edges where the casing meets it. I definitely think the drywall would look shoddy with the casing around it.
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