08:56AM | 06/08/04
Member Since: 07/20/03
18 lifetime posts
I have several doorways with trim that has been painted over and chipped away. I've tried stripping the paint - that was a nightmare. I've tried sanding down the paint - still looks cruddy. I'm sure it would be easier just to take down the trim and replace it. How hard is this to do?

Do you just take a crowbar and pry off the trim and nail it back on? Doesn't it take the drywall off with it?


07:34PM | 06/12/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hey there Melanie!

Long time! Good to see you posting again! (OK, even if it DOES mean you're in need of help, at least you're working on your home! And at least we're not talking about shaky floors anymore!)

Usually the trim has a bead of caulk along it. This is there to add a finished look--to cover up "gaposis."

If there's caulk there, it's usually a "painter's caulk" that is easily cut with a razor knife.

Definitely, protect the drywall with something when you pry the trim off.

Also, you'll notice that (in addition to trim being nailed to walls) the 45 degree miter corners above the doors are usually nailed together. You'll want to do this when you put on the new trim. And definitely caulk afterwards to get that finished look.

Good luck, and welcome back!

Best regards,

-k2 in CO

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