Pocket door trim

by brae  

With the parlor floor and wallpaper in place, I can now trim the pocket door.  I started by finishing the threshold between the parlor and the kitchen.  I used the same flooring as the parlor, figuring it would matter more to have a clean finish from the parlor leading to the door than it would from the kitchen which is a less formal room.

I cut a small tab of floor material to sit inside the pocket door wall.  This will keep the lead edge of the pocket door elevated inside the pocket wall so it doesn't get hung up on the flooring when closing.

I lined the top of the pocket door opening with 1/8" x 1/16" strip wood, checking all the while to make sure the pocket door remained functional.  This trim was planned when I cut the initial opening and was calculated into that measurement.  All the trim will be painted Vintage White to match the rest of the interior trims before I install it permanently.

Since the house itself isn't square, there is a larger gap between the closed pocket door and the wall at the top than there is at the bottom.

I built a door frame to mask some of the gap and to finish off the lead edge of the pocket doorway.

It doesn't fix the problem completely in the kitchen, but it at least looks more polished.

With the frame painted and installed, the gap is invisible in the parlor.

The painted trim around the door frame really completes the look of the pocket door.  As you can see, the pocket wall is a little warped -- just the nature of thin plywood -- but it doesn't really seem to show except in this head on shot.  :D

Once the interior trims were in place, I could line the kitchen and parlor walls with trim.  For the kitchen, I opted for plain bass wood since it matches the trim used on the kitchen windows.

I again used spackling to fill in the small gaps, shown here before filling.

For the parlor, I used fancier molding to coordinate with the interior trim of the front door.  It's not exactly the same as the front door trim, but it has similar detailing.  There's one of the delightful umbrellas made by Fran.  :D

These small details always increase the realism by finishing off raw edges and giving a sense of completeness.

10 comments

Comment from: Linda [Visitor]

Ah! I love the pocket door!!! :)

02/11/12 @ 18:03
Comment from: Iris March & Judith [Visitor]

Wow, I have done faux pocket doors, but you did the REAL thing! What a terrific door!

02/11/12 @ 19:24
Comment from: Plushpussycat [Visitor]

Everything looks great! I love all of those small details! :-) Jennifer

02/11/12 @ 20:39
Comment from: Lyssa [Visitor]

Beautiful! I think the gap is a good thing. It’s an old, bit run down house… walls are bound to be a bit crooked. :)

Looks perfectly realistic to me. So pretty!

02/11/12 @ 22:02
Comment from: Elga [Visitor]

Really lovely Brae, it turned out great!!!!

02/11/12 @ 22:36
Comment from: Magda [Visitor]

This pocket door is amazing!! I love it

02/12/12 @ 01:58
Comment from: PATTI [Visitor]

Your attention to detail is amazing on that pocket door!~Patti

02/12/12 @ 06:23
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]

I haven’t been keeping up with my comments (12 hour workdays), but I’ve been reading every post as you publish and heaping tons of praise on you in my head. The house is coming along fabulously, I love every little bit. Great work!

02/12/12 @ 06:32
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]

I love all the small detail work you have done. When you mention the pocket wall being warped, I could not even see that. Besides, people don’t notice things like that when they are looking at the ensemble. Furthermore, the floors are so striking and the walls so colourful, plus all the beautiful furniture. Who notices a little warp?

02/12/12 @ 07:09
Comment from: brae [Member]  

Thanks so much! &#59;D

02/12/12 @ 10:29