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Easy DIY Window Trim

  • September 9, 2016

Shanty 2 Chic
Shanty 2 Chic
Shanty 2 Chic
Shanty 2 Chic

Our mission: To make our sisters house a home in 36 hours! Our baby sis lives about 5 hours away from us and moved into her home about one year ago. She has 4 kids under the age of 5 and hasn't had time to really make her house functional and says it hasn't felt like she really ever "moved in". We loaded our trailer full of lumber and tools, loaded the kids in the car and headed to our sisters house for what we now call a #shantyhousecrash!Among the list of projects we wanted to accomplish was to trim the windows out in her living room. They were just your basic builder-grade windows and we knew we could easily and inexpensively frame them out! This is such a great home improvement project that will add character to your home and give it a custom feel.

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      Start with the windowsill. After removing the blinds, I measured the width of each window frame.

    2. Step: 2

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      Now measure the length.

    3. Step: 3

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      Add 9" to the length and cut a 1x6 board down to size. Then, I marked a 4 1/2" x 3" notch on the two top corners. The 3" is the width of the window frame so this measurement may be different for you.

    4. Step: 4

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      I used a speed square and my jigsaw to cut out the notches.

    5. Step: 5

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      Now your windowsill piece should look like this.

    6. Step: 6

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      I used a bottle of construction adhesive

    7. Step: 7

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      and my Ryobi Caulk Gun to apply a line of adhesive to the bottom of the window frame.

    8. Step: 8

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      Then, I attached the windowsill to the bottom of the window frame and secured it with a few 2 1/2" finish nails.

    9. Step: 9

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      Next, I measured from the windowsill to the top of the window frame.

    10. Step: 10

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      Then, I cut a 1x4 board to that size and attached it to the front of the window with my 16 gauge finish nailer and construction adhesive. The edge of the 1x4 will be flush with the edge of the window frame. Do this to the opposite side of the window, too.

    11. Step: 11

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      Measure from the edge of one side piece of trim to the other side piece of trim. Cut a 1x4 to fit that measurement and attach it to the wall underneath the windowsill (refer to plans for placement). Attach the apron with 2 1/2" finish nails and construction adhesive. Now, just tape the windows off to prep for paint!

    12. Step: 12

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      We had our sis and Bill do the painting :) They had latex paint mixed at Home Depot to match the trim color in their house. That was it! So simple, inexpensive and a quick way to take your home from builder-grade to custom! Check out our site for more #shantyhousecrash projects and before and after reveals!Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Building!

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Easy DIY Window Trim

by Shanty 2 Chic
Sep 09, 2016
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Our mission: To make our sisters house a home in 36 hours! Our baby sis lives about 5 hours away from us and moved into her home about one year ago. She has 4 kids under the age of 5 and hasn't had time to really make her house functional and says it hasn't felt like she really ever "moved in". We loaded our trailer full of lumber and tools, loaded the kids in the car and headed to our sisters house for what we now call a #shantyhousecrash!Among the list of projects we wanted to accomplish was to trim the windows out in her living room. They were just your basic builder-grade windows and we knew we could easily and inexpensively frame them out! This is such a great home improvement project that will add character to your home and give it a custom feel.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge ef604cdb de47 4ad3 a915 67e41a239fb9

    Start with the windowsill. After removing the blinds, I measured the width of each window frame.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge d4c48d28 ee5e 4617 95e0 24dc062b7188

    Now measure the length.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge cf948fc6 4779 47f8 b856 ac667a7c4cd8

    Add 9" to the length and cut a 1x6 board down to size. Then, I marked a 4 1/2" x 3" notch on the two top corners. The 3" is the width of the window frame so this measurement may be different for you.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge 49c6eb57 5cb0 483a b85d de0c3e836282

    I used a speed square and my jigsaw to cut out the notches.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge 9be6336a 2a56 4381 a8f3 c1bc9d994f2b

    Now your windowsill piece should look like this.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge ac7bee48 2c20 4cb2 b60d 06563cd32258

    I used a bottle of construction adhesive

  7. Step: 7
    Huge ca57be90 0858 40b6 ad28 a7bb55bcaeb8

    and my Ryobi Caulk Gun to apply a line of adhesive to the bottom of the window frame.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge c9841c75 fc88 4a99 a001 249ccdc25044

    Then, I attached the windowsill to the bottom of the window frame and secured it with a few 2 1/2" finish nails.

  9. Step: 9
    Huge 9af72ee9 2825 4d46 9b4b f7da7971c2e3

    Next, I measured from the windowsill to the top of the window frame.

  10. Step: 10
    Huge ac3ee9ab eabe 4c3b 9b7f 8f3dd721cdcf

    Then, I cut a 1x4 board to that size and attached it to the front of the window with my 16 gauge finish nailer and construction adhesive. The edge of the 1x4 will be flush with the edge of the window frame. Do this to the opposite side of the window, too.

  11. Step: 11
    Huge f168a71c 5f87 4bcc 8405 4b8f5f58f744

    Measure from the edge of one side piece of trim to the other side piece of trim. Cut a 1x4 to fit that measurement and attach it to the wall underneath the windowsill (refer to plans for placement). Attach the apron with 2 1/2" finish nails and construction adhesive. Now, just tape the windows off to prep for paint!

  12. Step: 12
    Huge 86edbf9b f910 4bba a61b fb237f32aee1

    We had our sis and Bill do the painting :) They had latex paint mixed at Home Depot to match the trim color in their house. That was it! So simple, inexpensive and a quick way to take your home from builder-grade to custom! Check out our site for more #shantyhousecrash projects and before and after reveals!Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Building!