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Remodelaholic | DIY Craftsman Window Trim

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This straightforward craftsman fashion trim requires NO complicated angled cuts, so it’s straightforward for anybody to do, even a newbie, and it makes a HUGE affect. 

Don’t cease at window trim, make your personal curtain rods, add window packing containers exterior, and even some wooden shutters exterior!

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Hello, buddies!  It’s Lauren from Bless’er House, and I’m thrilled to be again sharing extra DIY goodness from our newest home shenanigans.

If you happen to’ve by no means visited my little nook of the net, my husband and I are on a mission to carry plenty of character and allure to our very primary builder field home.

This time two years in the past, our lounge seemed like this:

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Since embarking on our house proudly owning journey, we’ve found that the highest 3 ways to rework an area in an enormous approach is with paint, lengthy curtains, and architectural particulars.

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We already tackled the paint and curtains half final 12 months, and once we threw our DIY fake fire into the combo, the area immediately seemed 10 occasions greater!  However one factor it was lacking within the character division, our trim-less builder grade windows- window trim.

So we determined it was time to repair that.

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Craftsman-Fashion Window Trim Video Tutorial

Begin right here and watch how this venture got here collectively, then come again for extra of a step-by-step craftsman window trim course of.  However bear in mind this not solely works on an inside window, however with out the window sill this tutorial additionally works effectively for a trim out of a entrance door.

Can’t see the video? Get it on our YouTube channel here (and subscribe whilst you’re there 😉

Provides Record

(The beneath provides are what you’ll want for one commonplace 35.5″ x 59.5″ window.)

  • 1″x2″x8′ board
  • 2- 1″x4″x8′ boards
  • 1″×6″x8′ board
  • 2-in brad nails
  • Trim Head Screws (for wooden)
  • Wooden glue (optionally available)
  • Mixture sq. software
  • Pencil
  • Hammer or nail gun
  • Drill
  • White trim caulk
  • Wooden filler
  • Fantastic grit sandpaper
  • Paint (I used Sherwin Williams Pure White to match our fire and baseboards.)
  • Jigsaw
  • Round noticed or desk noticed

We had 5 home windows so as to add trim to, so we had fairly a bit extra lumber than what’s in that record.  The most effective half although is that this requires very elementary carpentry expertise.  Let your diyer days start, as a result of this is a wonderful venture when you’re a newbie at house enchancment.  No difficult angled cuts!

Trim Set up Tutorial and Directions

Get this craftsman window trim look in your personal house with the following pointers, tips, and directions.

Head Casings:

1 – We began out by constructing the header first and measured the highest width of our window opening or window body then added 10 inches to that measurement to permit for a 5 inch overhang of the trim items on either side of the window.

We marked that measurement on a 1″x6″ board utilizing the sq. software to mark a straight line.

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Then, utilizing our round noticed, we minimize the 1″x6″ board.

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We used the identical measurement from our 1″x6″ to mark and minimize two items of 1″x2″ boards.  Since we had three home windows clustered collectively to make one massive window trim unit.  We labored from a 12 foot size board.

As soon as the 1″x2″s have been minimize, we hooked up them to every aspect of the 1″x6″ board with wooden screws (as proven beneath).   You would run a bead of wooden glue between the items too if desired.  * Keep in mind to keep away from wooden splitting it all the time helps to pre-drill the screw holes.

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Our header needed to be very lengthy for our massive window, and since we couldn’t discover 1″x2″x12′ boards, we needed to minimize and fix our 1″x2″s in 6 items to the longer 1″x6″x12′ board.

Word: If in case you have entry to a tablesaw, you can rip down the 1″x2″ boards from a bigger single board that’s the proper size to keep away from to many joints.

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Then we had our header!

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As soon as we centered our new header over the home windows, we nailed them into place proper by the drywall into the studs.  We used ol’ long-established hammer for the reason that dimension of our nails wouldn’t work in our nail gun.

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Window Sills

2 – Subsequent part was the window sill.  We labored on this bigger window in thirds too.  Your total window sill needs to be the identical size as your header was.

We marked the width we would have liked for the sill on one other 1″x6″ board and minimize utilizing our round noticed.

Then, utilizing the newly minimize 1″x6 “board, we marked on the wall the place the sill ought to finish (utilizing the identical 5 inch overhang) and held up the board to mark the window’s edge.

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We measured the window’s depth too.

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We marked these two measurements (the window’s width and depth) on the 1″x6″ board.

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Utilizing our sq. software once more, we marked the straight strains between the measurements.

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Then minimize it out with a jigsaw.

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After our cuts, right here’s what our 1″x6″ board seemed like.

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We match our newly minimize 1″x6″ board into place and nailed it in to type our window sill.  You would add a little bit of development adhesive if desired.

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Facet Casings:

3 – To make the perimeters of the window, we used 1″x4″ boards.

We simply measured the peak between the underside of the header (from step 1) and the highest of the sill (from step 2) to know at what size to chop the 1″x4″ board.

In working with our massive window, the 2 sections in the midst of our three home windows have been slightly wider than a 1″x4″ board at 4.74″.  So we needed to minimize two 1″x6″ boards lengthwise to make them the precise width we would have liked.

We lined the perimeters up on the sting of the home windows and nailed them into place.

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4 –  For the final carpentry step, we added our apron (the wooden piece beneath the window sill).

We measured the width from the skin fringe of the 1″x4″ aspect piece to the opposite exterior fringe of the 1″x4″ aspect piece to seek out how lengthy to chop the 1″x4″ board for the apron.

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If you happen to’re a visible individual, this may assist to indicate you the way we constructed this trim fashion for our bigger window.

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Caulk, Patch and Sand

5 – Then caulk like loopy!  Also called a carpenter’s finest buddy.

Learn ideas for an ideal caulking job right here and extra ideas (together with a video) right here. 

Caulk all the seams and fill the nail holes and knots with wooden filler.  Let dry and sand till easy.

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Paint or Stain

6 –  Lastly, paint your whole new trim.  We did two coats of primer+paint in a single.

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After we put our curtains again up, I used to be amazed on the distinction it made!  It’s like our home windows have been destined for Craftsman fashion window trim all alongside.

Our home windows look stunning with our fire too.  Very quickly, we’ll be placing an space rug in right here to make this area completed.  And I hope to place beams on our ceiling finally, however I could be pushing my luck there.

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You may see extra sources and DIYs from this room over on Bless’er House.

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What do you assume?  One thing you may try?  Trimming out home windows actually is an enormous room changer.  I can’t wait to deal with the remainder of our upstairs home windows with it.

Questions and Solutions:

What’s Craftsman Fashion Window Trim?

It is a fashion of window trim that was a part of the Arts and Crafts motion.  It originated within the early 1900’s.  It was all about consolation, simplicity and pure supplies.  Form of combating in opposition to all the brand new fangled machine made objects accessible on the time

What’s Craftsman molding?

It could be simpler to have a look at this diagram of the primary components of Craftsman fashion trim to know what craftsman fashion molding seems like and easy methods to construct it.

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How Vast is Craftsman Trim?

That is solely depending on the look you’re going for.

You may have wider headers than the aspect casings or apron when you like that.  Or you can have a large header and apron.  Usually what’s going to decide the dimensions of your molding is the supplies accessible to you regionally.

What materials is used for window casings?

This actually is dependent upon the ultimate look you’re going for.  Initially craftsman trim was usually manufactured from oak in a method known as Mission oak that targeted on easy vertical and horizontal strains.  Therefore the simplicity of the molding fashion.

Shopping for strong oak now has fairly a excessive price ticket, and the look of stained wooden trim isn’t for everybody, so what are another choices?

These days there are infinite choices of wooden, from common or choose pine, like Lauren used, to poplar, maple, plastic moldings, to MDF that’s available at most house enchancment shops.

A phrase of warning in wet climates you could need to keep away from MDF as it’s broken simply by water (they do have a water-resistant sheet good of MDF, however it’s often solely accessible at specialty wooden shops.

Portray trim is a good selection and if that’s your objective, then any materials you favor ought to work effectively.

Remember to pin this put up for later:

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Extra ideas and concepts for DIY window trim jobs:

Begin Caulking! Suggestions and Tips, How one can Add Trim to Arched Home windows, Extra high tips and tutorials for trimming home windows: plus extra ideas and tips for putting in trim and molding.

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