Learn how to bulk up the trim around your windows for a beautiful farmhouse look! Such an easy and inexpensive upgrade!
Wow, you guys… what a huge difference $10 in lumber and an afternoon of painting can make!! We only have one tiny, little window in our bedroom, so I knew from the start of this makeover that I wanted to make it as big and beautiful as I could. After we planked our bedroom walls this summer, we quickly slapped the window trim back on the wall knowing that it would come down again soon anyway. Here’s what it looked like post-planking:
Pretty boring, right? I think I was going for clean and modern at the time we installed it originally, but now it just feels bland and cheap to me. Awhile back, I saw my sweet friend, Donna, beef up the trim in her bathroom, and she made it look super easy. As it turns out, it really IS that easy! Using her suggestions, I turned our tiny bedroom window into an extra large, super charming, farmhouse-style window that kicks the pants off our previous window trim.
Here’s why I love this project so much:
– cost less than $10 in lumber
– only took an afternoon to finish
– all simple straight cuts (no mitered edges!)
I started by removing the old trim around the window. I tried with all my might to get the existing window sill out, but it didn’t want to budge. After nearly smashing the window with a hammer while trying to pry the darn board out, I decided it could stay and I’d work around it. Not worth the price of a new window!
Next, I added side trim to the window using 1 x 4 boards. I measured the distance between the window sill and the top of the window (43″) and cut two 1 x 4 pieces to fit. I set the 1 x 4’s right on top of the sill and secured them to the wall with my brad nailer.
Then I cut another piece of 1 x 4 to sit under the window sill as an apron. I made this board even with the outer edge of the side trim pieces (33.5″) and nailed it into the wall.
I added 1″ to the apron length (34.5″) and cut a 1 x 2 to sit on top of the side trim pieces. I nailed this piece into the 1 x 4 sides from the top of the 1 x 2.
Next, I cut a 1 x 6 to the same length as the apron (33.5″) and nailed it into the wall on top of the 1 x 2.
I cut another 1 x 2 piece the same length as the first 1 x 2 (34.5″) and nailed it from the top into the 1 x 6.
For the last board, I added 2″ to the apron length (35.5″) and cut a 1 x 3 to that length. I set the 1 x 3 on top of the previous 1 x 2 and toenailed it into the wall. This last board was too close to the ceiling for me to nail from the top, so I angled the brad nailer slightly to nail through the 1 x 3 and into the wall.
I wanted a nice, big ledge at the bottom of the window, but because I couldn’t remove the existing window sill, I had to improvise.
I cut a board to fit over and around the edges of the sill, adding about another 2″ of depth and 1″ of length. I secured it with a nail on both ends, then toenailed it in from underneath.
I caulked all the seams between each board and along the wall, then primed and painted the trim in Dove White to match our planked walls. WHAT a difference this $10 afternoon project made!!
I did have to remove and re-install the hook for our lace curtains about an inch over to the left, but that was no big deal. I just can’t get over how much more character this tiny, little window has now. Sorry Jeremy, but I’m pretty sure we’re going to have to do this to ALL our windows!
Soooo… what do you guys think of the new window trim?? What kind of trim do you have in your house? Does it need an upgrade? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment for me below!