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How to Finish a Playroom Closet

The DIY to the Rescue crew demonstrates how to finish a closet with drywall and trim.

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finish playroom closet with drywall and trim
  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $50 - $100

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Measure the Closet and Cut the Wood

The raw opening of the room's closet must be addressed (Image 1). New casing and trim are needed to finish the closet off.

To prepare the room for the project, remove everything.

Take measurements of the closet opening so you can cut the wood needed (Image 2). To make the door jamb, cut down 1' x 6' wood pieces to the necessary width.

Cut the wood to length to finish off the inside of the opening. Cut the wood and align it with the header, or top piece of the wood of the frame (Image 3). Make sure that it sits flush with the drywall.

Step 2: Secure the Header and Side Pieces

With a nail gun and 2" nails, nail the header into place. Stagger the nails every 6 to 8" along the length (Image 1).

Install the side pieces (Image 2). Again, line up the edge of the board with the drywall so that it is flush. Nail in the side pieces.

Step 3: Install the Casing

Take measurements for the casing, or decorative molding that goes all the way around the outside of the closet. On the miter saw cut the casing to length; cut the corners at 45-degree angles so they fit nicely together.

Install the casing, leaving 1/8" reveal of the jambs. Use a nail gun to fasten it into place.