How to Add Brick Molding around Your Front Door

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What You'll Need
Utility knife
Crow bar
8 penny nails
Brick molding
Silicone gun and tubes
Stainless steel screws
Work table at least 6 feet long
Chop saw
Cordless drill with screw bits
Extension cord
Measuring tape
Work gloves
Paint or stain (optional)
Protective goggles
Ear plugs

Brick molding can add a new look to a door with molding that is worn out or simply out of date. Brick molding is not made out of bricks. It comes in vinyl, PVC, or most traditionally, wood, depending on the local climate and humidity levels. It is fairly simple to install and can be sized to a variety of door sizes.

Step 1 - Remove Old Paint or Finish

Use your utility knife to carefully scrape away any old layers of paint or caulk. Be careful not to damage surrounding areas of the house exterior. This step may take some time and patience if there are many layers of paint built up from over the years.

Step 2 - Remove Old Molding

Work the flat end of the crowbar under the edge of the molding and pry it up by lifting firmly. Use the claw end of the hammer to remove any nails that may be holding it in place. The same applies to screws securing the molding; these can be removed fairly quickly and easily with your cordless drill and the correctly-sized driver bits. Always wear protective gear and work gloves when working with power tools such as drills and saws.

It is a good idea to save your old molding for a template to use when cutting your new brick molding. This can take out a good deal of guesswork. For this reason, try not to split, break, or otherwise damage the old molding when prying it away from the front door.

Step 3 - Cut Brick Molding to Fit

Measure all four sides of your front door with the measuring tape and note each of them. Set up your work table in a well lit area where it will be easy to clean up any saw dust. Use the chop saw to cut down your brick molding to fit the dimensions of your front door. When cutting corners, bevel each one at a 45-degree angle so each piece of brick molding will fit securely together.

Step 4 - Install Brick Molding

Depending on the type of material of the brick molding, you can use either nails or screws to attach it around the perimeter of the front door. Check the brick molding specifications for which option the manufacturer recommends. If using nails, hammer in 8 penny nails at regular intervals of about 2 feet.

If you opt to use screws to attach the brick molding, use the stainless steel screws because they are more durable, and make sure they fit with the size of your driver bit that goes with the cordless drill.

Step 5 - Finish and Paint Molding

Apply a line of silicone compound along the seams of your new brick molding with the silicone gun. Allow this to dry for at least 4 hours. You can then paint or stain your molding if you choose. Let each coat dry before applying the next one.