Installing Window Frames

Hello hello! Today's post is a shorter one, but that doesn't mean that this project didn't have a big impact in the home office renovation. After installing our built-in shelves in the office…

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(still crazy in love with them)

…we were on such a DIY high that we couldn't stop working. The nail gun was probably still smoking from the shelf installation as we jumped right into trimming out the windows. This was a fairly small and simple task compared to the majority of the other projects we have tackled, and have yet to tackle in the office, but it made a huge difference.

Here’s what the two office windows looked like before adding trim:

Nothing to write home about, that's for sure. Just your standard window. 

But here’s what they look like now:

Front Window Casing

So polished, right? And yes, we did get a cough for the room too!

We did a quick Google search to determine what we wanted the window casing to look like. We found this tutorial and really liked how their windows looked so we decided to run with the design.  

Here’s our material list for this project:       

  • 1” x 8” MDF for window stool and large trim above the window
  • ½“ x 2 ½ MDF for apron (below stool)
  • ½” x 2 ½” Fluted door casing for sides of window (this was an audible pulled in the store…we were going to use the sameflat  ½” x 2 ½” that was used for the apron, however, we realized the the doors on the older parts of the house are all trimmed in fluted casing. By adding the fluted casing here, we could not only tie this newer room to the older portions of the house, we could also eventually trim out windows in the older portions of the house and have them look period appropriate while maintaining continuity ---> Great Audible!)  
  • 1 ½” MDF molding for top trim
  • ¼” x ½” wood strip for accent trim above window
  • Liquid nails
  • Nail gun (and nails for said nail gun)  
  • Paintable caulk
  • Miter saw

Our old window stool had already been removed so we were able to jump right into construction. We measured, cut, and installed each piece as we went along in the following order:

  1. Window stool
  2. Wide top trim 
  3. Side casing
  4. Apron
  5. Top trim
  6. Top molding

If you prefer a visual representation of that, here's a little GIF for you to enjoy. 

The Engineer cut the stool to extend beyond the window, to encompass the side trim and allow for a slight overhang. We simply attached it using liquid nails, and utilized a few shims as the surface was not level. Please do excuse the grainy night photos...dern time change makes it dark at 6 pm!

The wide top trim was cut to the appropriate width (extended beyond window to encompass side trim) and attached first with liquid nails and then the nail gun. 

The process with the two side trim pieces was the same: cut to size, liquid nails, nail gun. These pieces are the fluted casing that matches the door trim throughout the house. 

Rinse and repeat the process for the apron below the window stool. 

Finally, we installed two decorative trim pieces at the top, the tiny ¼” x ½” strip of wood that is directly above the window, and the 1½” molding at the very top. Because both pieces are small and decorative only, we just put a few nails both of them. The sides of the top molding were simply attached with liquid nails.

This process was shortened on the second window because of it's location above the desk. We didn't have to install a window stool or apron. We puttied and sanded all the nail holes and caulked the seams. With a few coats of white paint, the window frames were done! This only took one evening and we finished up the next morning. 

This little step in the office was such a ‘feel good’ project because it took a lower amount of effort/time with big results to make us feel like big things were happening.

How to frame your windows, the easy DIY.

Speaking of big things, we've been working on our built-in bench and I can't wait so share it!

Here's a little sneak peak for ya:

Built-In Bench Sneak Peek

Are you as excited as I am?

Last, but certainly not least, this post participated a linkup party (#147!) hosted by five wonderful bloggers. You should check out the other great projects in the party and their inspiring blogs!

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