I’ve just completed the installation of the architrave around the interior window in my newly renovated loft bedroom. I’m really pleased with the outcome, especially since it was my first time tackling a project like this. Instead of relying on fancy power tools, I opted for basic, manual tools that I’m comfortable using, prioritizing safety and cost-effectiveness.

Let me share with you the steps I followed in case you’re planning your own architrave project.

(My window measures 90 x 110 cm)

Step 1: Choosing the Architrave

To achieve a modern countryside vibe, I selected a pinewood architrave with a classic style. I purchased three pieces, each measuring 250 cm in length, ensuring I had a spare piece as backup.

Step 2: Measuring and Creating Corners

Using a basic tape measure, we carefully measured each section of the architrave. Following the guidance of a helpful YouTube video, Nick and I made precise cuts for the corners. We used a manual saw and a mitre box, which helped us achieve perfect angles.

Step 3: Applying Grab Adhesive

Afterward, we applied a thin layer of grab adhesive to the back of each architrave piece. With caution, we positioned the architrave in place, pressing it gently against the wall to allow the adhesive to form a strong bond. 

Step 4: Filling Gaps and Imperfections

Once the adhesive had dried overnight, I carefully inspected the architrave for any gaps or imperfections. To rectify any discrepancies, I used a reliable all-purpose white filler, ensuring a seamless and flawless appearance.

Step 5: Smoothing the Surface

To achieve a professional and refined look, I meticulously sanded the architrave using soft sandpaper. This process helped eliminate any rough edges or bumps.

Step 6: Cleaning the Architrave

Using a clean sponge, I wiped away any accumulated dust or debris resulting from the sanding process, ensuring a clean and smooth surface.

Step 7: Priming the Architrave

To provide a solid foundation for painting and protect the wood, I applied two coats of all-purpose primer or wood primer. I used round paint brushes for larger areas and smaller brushes for corners and tighter spaces. I didn’t have to tape around the architrave as I haven’t painted the walls yet.

Step 8: Re-Sanding the Primed Architrave

Once the primer was dry, which took a couple of hours, I gently sanded any imperfections to achieve a flawless and even base for painting. I then wiped the architrave with a clean sponge.

Step 9: Painting

With the priming complete, I am now ready to apply two coats of Benjamin Moore White Dove in a satin finish, adding a touch of elegance and bringing the architrave to life.

I hope these insights help guide you in your own architrave project, allowing you to create a beautiful and polished space in your home. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out via email. I would be delighted to assist you in any way I can.

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