Want an easy way to add more architectural interest to your standard colonial door and window framing? Adding an extra piece of moulding, called back band, can add that extra boost of architectural interest.
And the good news is that you can do this to your existing trim moulding. No need to remove or start fresh! The only thing you will need is paint on hand to paint the moulding after you BEEF it UP! In essence, We’re gonna PUMP it UP!
- Back band moulding
- Finish nailer
- 2″ finish nails
- Miter saw or hand saw with miter box
There’s really not much to this tutorial. Line up the back band against your existing door or window frame. Measure or mark the back band where you need to cut your miter.
Then make your miter cut from that inside mark. Continue cutting pieces of back band for the top and opposite side.
Simply secure the back band to your existing trim with finish nails.
Then caulk the holes and the seam where the back band overlaps with your old moulding. Let the caulk dry completely and paint the moulding.
The added back band moulding creates more dimension and a classier look to your doorways and windows. The left side is the standard colonial casing. The right side is with the addition of the back band:
It looks great with the plank and Howe casing that I installed in the kitchen.
A thicker moulding can give your house a classier and more expensive look.
Psst. You don’t have to beef up your whole house. You can add back band to one room or a few rooms. It’s your choice. I added it to the kitchen when I was renovating it. Our living room had existing beefed up moulding, so it seemed only natural to continue it into the adjoining kitchen.