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Easy DIY Window Trim

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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STEP 1: Start with the windowsill. After removing the blinds, I measured the width of each window frame.


STEP 1: Start with the windowsill. After removing the blinds, I measured the width of each window frame.
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STEP 2: Now measure the length.


STEP 2: Now measure the length.
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STEP 3: 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.


STEP 3: 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.
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STEP 4: I used a speed square and my jigsaw to cut out the notches.


STEP 4: I used a speed square and my jigsaw to cut out the notches.
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STEP 5: Now your windowsill piece should look like this.


STEP 5: Now your windowsill piece should look like this.
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STEP 6: I used a bottle of construction adhesive


STEP 6: I used a bottle of construction adhesive
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STEP 7: and my Ryobi Caulk Gun to apply a line of adhesive to the bottom of the window frame.


STEP 7: and my Ryobi Caulk Gun to apply a line of adhesive to the bottom of the window frame.
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STEP 8: Then, I attached the windowsill to the bottom of the window frame and secured it with a few 2 1/2" finish nails.


STEP 8: Then, I attached the windowsill to the bottom of the window frame and secured it with a few 2 1/2" finish nails.
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STEP 9: Next, I measured from the windowsill to the top of the window frame.


STEP 9: Next, I measured from the windowsill to the top of the window frame.
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STEP 10: 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.


STEP 10: 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.
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STEP 11: 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!


STEP 11: 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!
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STEP 12: 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!


STEP 12: 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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Project Information

Difficulty: Easy

Materials Used:

  • (1) 1x6x8 pine or MDF board

  • (1) 1x4x8 pine or MDF board

  • 2 1/2" finish nails

  • construction adhesive


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