Saturday, May 16, 2015

Replacing an architrave - DIY guide

Today I am welcoming Kathleen to discuss replacing and architrave. Kathleen has guest hosted for me before and talked about spicing up your outdoor furniture. If you missed her previous post you can read about it here.  Kathleen has been doing many projects that are great for dressing up your outside and your inside. Enjoy!

The architrave is the decorative element you see around doors, loft hatches and even windows. It gives to the area a new look and protects the wooden material from damages. There are different models and you can even find specially decorated ones. Even though they are strong, after a couple of years you may notice that some parts, usually the corners, are damaged or even broken. In case you are planning to make some major renovations in your real estate property, now is the perfect time to consider replacing the architrave in your home with new one. This may seem to you like a very complicated task, but the truth is that it is not hard at all. It is possible to do everything yourself, as the whole procedure will probably take no more than an hour.

Most people prefer to call a professional like Building Services Hanwell for a task like the replacing of the architrave. This is certainly the easier way but also the more expensive one. If you want to save some money, you can try doing this yourself. For the purpose you will need different tools like pliers, pencil, chisel, hammer, nails, mitre box, saw and scrap wood. Don't forget also to get a new architrave which will replace the old and damaged one. When you have everything you need, it is time to get to work.

  • Remove the old architraves – In order to remove the old architrave, you can use a putty knife to separate all sections from the wall. For the top section you can use the chisel, as you drive it between the wall and the rear edge. You can also use a scrap wood for the protection of the plaster, which you have to put between the surface and the chisel.

  • Pull out all nails and fixings – When all sections of the old architrave are removed, you have to take care also of the nails and the fixings. For this task you can use the pair of pliers. With their help you can pull out all old nails and make sure that the surface is ready for the installation of the new architrave.

  • Mark and adjust the new architrave – Start with the side sections by placing each piece of the new architrave on the wall and marking the exact position of the mitre on the internal part. Using the pencil, you can also mark a 45 degree angle. The mitre box will help you cut the piece there, so that it can fit perfectly later. Then you can do the same with the piece for the other side section. For the top sections the procedure is pretty much the same. You just have to hold the architrave against the edge of each side sections, mark all ends of the mitres and then cut 45 degree angle. When you are done, you can use nails to attach the pieces to the wall temporarily.

  • Use nails to attach all sections – If all parts fit perfectly, it is time for the last step of the installation. Using the hammer, you can permanently attach the different sections with nails. If you want, you can use a filler to cover the holes from the nails. This way your new architrave will look flawless.

Even though this procedure doesn't require a lot of work, you may have to perform a cleaning afterwards. The mess from the cutting of the wood and the other work will be very easy to remove for sure. When you are done with the cleaning, you can inspect your new architrave one more time. If you notice some imperfections, you can always use the filler and a simple dish cloth to fix them.

So tell me, what is your upcoming projects?

1 comment:

  1. I didn't even know what an achitrave was, so this was very informative!