Remodelaholic | DIY Craftsman Window Trim

This straightforward craftsman type 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 containers outdoors, and even some wooden shutters outdoors!

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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.

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

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

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

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We already tackled the paint and curtains half final 12 months, and after we threw our DIY fake hearth into the combination, the area abruptly regarded 10 instances larger!  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-Type Window Trim Video Tutorial

Begin right here and watch how this challenge 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 nicely 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 Listing

(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
  • High-quality grit sandpaper
  • Paint (I used Sherwin Williams Pure White to match our hearth 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 checklist.  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 challenge if you happen to’re a newbie at dwelling enchancment.  No difficult angled cuts!

Trim Set up Tutorial and Directions

Get this craftsman window trim look in your personal dwelling with the following tips, methods, 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 all sides 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 lower the 1″x6″ board.

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We used the identical measurement from our 1″x6″ to mark and lower 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 had been lower, we connected them to every aspect of the 1″x6″ board with wooden screws (as proven beneath).   You possibly can run a bead of wooden glue between the items too if desired.  * Keep in mind to keep away from wooden splitting it at all times 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 lower and fasten our 1″x2″s in 6 items to the longer 1″x6″x12′ board.

Notice: When you’ve got entry to a tablesaw, you could possibly 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 way of the drywall into the studs.  We used ol’ customary hammer for the reason that measurement 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 complete window sill ought 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 lower utilizing our round noticed.

Then, utilizing the newly lower 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 lower it out with a jigsaw.

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

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

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Aspect Casings:

3 – To make the edges 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 course of our three home windows had been just a little wider than a 1″x4″ board at 4.74″.  So we needed to lower two 1″x6″ boards lengthwise to make them the precise width we would have liked.

We lined the edges 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 surface fringe of the 1″x4″ aspect piece to the opposite outdoors fringe of the 1″x4″ aspect piece to search out how lengthy to chop the 1″x4″ board for the apron.

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Should you’re a visible individual, this would possibly assist to indicate you ways we constructed this trim type for our bigger window.

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Caulk, Patch and Sand

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

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

Caulk the entire 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 had been destined for Craftsman type window trim all alongside.

Our home windows look lovely with our hearth 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 ultimately, however I is perhaps pushing my luck there.

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You’ll be able to see extra sources and DIYs from this room over on Bless’er House.

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What do you suppose?  One thing you would possibly try?  Trimming out home windows actually is a giant room changer.  I can’t wait to sort out the remainder of our upstairs home windows with it.

Questions and Solutions:

What’s Craftsman Type Window Trim?

This can be a type 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 preventing in opposition to all the brand new fangled machine made gadgets accessible on the time

What’s Craftsman molding?

It is perhaps simpler to have a look at this diagram of the principle components of Craftsman type trim to know what craftsman type molding seems to be like and easy methods to construct it.

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How Huge is Craftsman Trim?

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

You’ll be able to have wider headers than the aspect casings or apron if you happen to like that.  Or you could possibly have a large header and apron.  Typically what is going to decide the dimensions of your molding is the supplies accessible to you regionally.

What materials is used for window casings?

This actually relies on the ultimate look you’re going for.  Initially craftsman trim was typically fabricated from oak in a mode referred to as Mission oak that targeted on easy vertical and horizontal strains.  Therefore the simplicity of the molding type.

Shopping for stable 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 countless choices of wooden, from common or choose pine, like Lauren used, to poplar, maple, plastic moldings, to MDF that’s available at most dwelling enchancment shops.

A phrase of warning in wet climates chances are you’ll wish 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 aim, then any materials you favor ought to work nicely.

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Extra suggestions and concepts for DIY window trim jobs:

Begin Caulking! Suggestions and Tips, The right way to Add Trim to Arched Home windows, Extra high methods and tutorials for trimming home windows: plus extra suggestions and methods for putting in trim and molding.

Initially posted 1.23.2016 // Up to date 2.26.2020 // Up to date 1/12/23