Interior Trim, Rating Time-Money-Experience

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Interior Trim quality is shaped by Time, Money and Experience, we have advice to help guide you if you are deficient in any of these!

Make sure you take a look at these related articles on Interior Trim. 

Options for Interior Trim

Like any other home renovation project, when you don’t have the experience you will end up paying more money and likely waste time. Therefore, it is important to choose your Interior Trim product wisely based on three key factors: Time, Money and Experience!

To make things easier, we have created a combined measurement using a visual gauge where you can spot where that type of trim will fall under considering a scale of Easy, Medium and Difficult .

Natural Wood Interior Trim

Poplar (white wood), Pine, Fir, Oak and of course Aspen are all common wood trim options. The finish joints are exposed and therefore a great amount of skill is required to achieve a quality finish. The softer the wood the more the wood tends to expand and contract with humidity, therefore an initial tight joint can open up without experience. Natural woods are typically more expensive and the details take longer.


Primed Wood Interior Trim

Primed wood is a great middle option as often finger joints permit the cost to be lower over natural wood Interior Trim. Primed wood makes finishing quicker as joints can be filled with caulking prior to finish paint.

Medium - Time-Money-Experience

MDF or Medium-Density Fiberboard Interior Trim

This easy to paint inexpensive product seems to be the dream of many DIYers however it does come with caution. The product is highly susceptible to moisture therefore installation around floors and windows where moisture can collect should be limited., Time-Money-Expertise

Tools to get you started 

  • Combination or Speed Square
  • Coping Saw
  • Cordless Drill / Driver Set and Drill Bits.
  • File-Wood file
  • Glue-White Glue
  • Caulking Gun
  • Hammer
  • Miter Saw
  • Tape Measure
  • Nail Set
  • Putty Knife


As with other home renovation projects, you should get familiarized with related terms and common industry terminology, as it will help you interact with store staff and facilitate online search. Here is a great place to see a visual glossary from Alexandria Moldings

Remember to get started with you project using to collect and organize ideas, product information, plans, invoices and more. It is your mobile Project Binder! 


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