Here’s a little DIY project which will enhance your windows so much, you’ll want to take down all of your curtains!
You’ll be surprised at how easy this DIY farmhouse window trim actually is easy to do! There aren’t really any angles to cut and it looks so pretty when it’s done.
How many boards you will need will depend on the size of your window. The size boards you use for your window will also depend on your taste. If you like a larger apron or taller header, then alter your shopping list accordingly.
Here is how all those different sized boards will be applied to the window.
1. The first thing you have to do is take off the molding you are replacing. Do this CAREFULLY, so as not to damage your walls!
2. While you have the moulding off it would be a good time to grab some spray foam insulation and fill in any gaps between the window and the drywall. Wait for it to fully expand and dry and then cut any that may have expanded beyond the drywall.
3. The first piece of wood to put up is the apron. This piece will be cut to the width of your window plus the width of your two side pieces. This is seriously important in order to avoid an extra trip to the lumber yard at Meeks! Make sure it is flush with the portion of the window that the sill will sit on or you will have a wobbly sill. I used a nail compressor and brad nailer (but if you don’t have these, a hammer and nails or a screwdriver and wood screws will do) to shoot this in and that part was done. Note: If that sentence made you uncomfortable, have someone who is familiar with woodworking assist!! Never be afraid to confess your limitations…
4. The window sill will sit under the side moldings, so that comes next. This is the only tricky cut in the entire project. You need to measure the inside width of the window where you want the sill to sit in. Then the “wings” on either side will be the remaining width to the end of the apron. The side molding will hide SOME level of mistakes on this cut but do your best.
5. Now put this piece in place and nail it straight into the apron. Note: You could skip the sill if your window can’t support it. If that is the case, you would just set the side trim directly on top of the apron.
6. Now, you are ready for the side pieces. For this look, the pieces will only go to the top of the window so you can place the next piece straight across the top.
7. The first 1×2 is placed sitting on the side molding. You will have to turn it on its side so the one-inch portion is facing you. I wanted a very small overhang with this piece so I only cut it a 1/2″ longer than the width of the side moldings so there is only 1/4″ overhang on either side. This is just a preference so please cut it for the overhang you prefer.
8. The 1×4 header comes next and you will want to line that up so it is even with the side moldings.
9. The 1×2 will be right on top of the header and the 1×3 will be on top of that. I nailed these pieces to each other before I added them to the window. Make sure your nails aren’t longer than the sum of your wood or you will nail them into your work surface. Put a little wood glue between these pieces before joining them.
10. Cut the 1×2, 1″ longer than the header and the 1×3 1″ longer than the 1×2. So there will be a 1/2″ overhang on each side making a beautiful stacked look.
11. Nail the stacked top straight into the wall. Be sure to find studs and be sure your nails are long enough to make it through the 1×2.
This is how my larger window turned out. Luckily it’s just under 8′ long so I could use single boards instead of having a seam. If you have a window over 8′ you could use two boards and hide the seam with joint compound or caulk, or buy 12′ boards.
I am sure this will add detail and character to your windows. And dramatically frame the view of your Beautiful Tahoe outdoors!
(Courtesy of IamaHomemaker.com)