I put some finishing touches on the hallway treatment, so technically this is part 3 I think? When I originally completed the hallway, I made the mistake of putting up the wood trim without there being any door trim around the entrance of the kitchen.
It always bothered me, so I tore out that section and added a door jamb and trim then put back the wood to recreate the paneled look. It was a bit of work but it made such a difference. (Still needs a good sanding and second coat of paint though..)
Adding a door jamb is simple and for our family, absolutely necessary! The door jambs (or lack of) in this house were drywall. I was constantly patching, sanding, and repainting them. The puppy even bit one at one point. I used the door jamb kit at Lowes' since this was a standard doorway it worked perfectly. I chose to trim the doorway with the same trim that exists around the powder room and basement doors, keeping it simple here.
I added an extra vertical board in one spot and the shoe molding...and why quit there? I extended the paneling down the hall, around the turn, and toward the stairs. Again, this area just looked unfinished.
Now I need to finish sanding and painting!!
As for the other two openings in my kitchen, they are 4 feet wide and 8 feet high. I have plans for them, but want something more dramatic than the regular 2 .25" trim that the builder used on the other doorways. I'll get to it. ;)