Hey Friends! I’ve been really excited for this week! Just so much to share with you guys. If you follow along on Insta, things are about to get really crazy. I’ve joined a class called Décor Newbies Unite to help me wade the waters of IG Home Décor and things officially kick off today. I’m so excited for growth and friendships in this world. The second thing that has me so excited, you guys, is sharing our finished chunky farmhouse trim (aka Craftsman trim.) Eeeek! I shared earlier this week the reveal photo, so now I wanted to walk you through exactly how we recreated this look with our standard windows.
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Before we began, our windows looked like this, bluh! We have what you call a standard trim, meaning that there was only a window seal and footer piece…Um, let me stop right there and say forgive me if I don’t use the correct terminology. I don’t claim to be an expert contractor, just a DIYer sharing my experience….I have finally come to the conclusion that I could handle DIYing some craftsmen trim to give it that chunky farmhouse trim look. Seemed pretty simple, just a few straight cuts and a few nails, a good coat of paint and call it a day. Basically.
Check out how easy this chunky farmhouse trim was.
I started by ripping out the old trim. I had to take a box cutter to cut a seam in the caulk. Then it just took a pry bar and a little elbow grease to pop it out. Once it was out, I measured for my cuts, made a drawing of the window frames and made a list of cuts. My husband doubted my skills here, but within 10 minutes, I had all my cuts made. I quickly sanded the ends and went ahead and primed all the pieces.
The seal was the only tricky part. I wanted the flat seal to stick out an inch on each side, so I made my cut 10 inches longer than my window frame, accounting for the 1×4’s that would flank either side of the window. Once I had it cut, I held the board up to the window, measured five inches down and three inches deep, marking a square on either end of the board. This is where my 1×2’s come into play. The window frame was roughly five inches deep, I knew I wanted one-inch overhang plus the 1×4 footer would mean I needed two inches from the end of the drywall…still gotcha?
The next part was the super technical DIYer approved part, see the divider in between the two windows? I put my board up against the wall, holding my marks up to the window edge and marked off where the center wall was. No extra measuring needed…I wouldn’t always suggest that. Chris used the jigsaw to cut out the three notches. He was afraid I would harm myself, pewf.
Then, I held my breath as we put the board up to the window, and by some miracle, it fit! We did go back and trim just a sliver off the ends to make it flush against the window.
Seriously, guys, that was the hardest part. I used liquid nail to glue the seal it and the extra 1×2’s together and then glued them down to the window frame. After that, it was simply nailing the rest of the trim up with the brad gun.
Check out my highlighted stories on Instagram for the play-by-play!
I InstaStoried the whole project so you could walk through it with us. It is saved under my Instagram Highlights.
A little bit about the measurements, for the footer/seal pieces, I measured five inches on either side past the window frame. This accounts for the 1×4’s that will trim out the side plus give that one-inch overhang. I measured both seal and footer to the same length, although I also like when the footer piece is the same width as the side pieces.
The header is made up of a 1×2 turned down and a 1×6 laid flat. Both pieces are the same width as the seal with that one-inch overhang. Then building up, I used a 1×2 with an extra one-inch overhang on either side and a 1×3 with another extra one-inch overhang on either side. Some will just use a 1×2 here, but I wanted the extra layer for the added drama. It really paid off.
I pre-assembled the header with the top three pieces while we were in the shop. To give the three side pieces some stability I nailed the first 1×2 into the top of those. Then we used wood screws to secure the rest of the header into the studs for support. Other than that, we just used the nail gun.
I went through and filled each hole with spackle and used acrylic caulk to fill the seams. Once that dried I went over those spots with a light coat of primer and used four coats of Sherwin Williams Alabaster white to give it a nice white finish.
What about the inside of the window frame you ask? I cheated and just painted over the drywall that was already there. Unless you are up close, you can’t even tell. It was much easier than ripping out the drywall to framing it out.
I’m completely smitten with this farmhouse trim. It really adds a crisp pop to this entire room. There’s nothing I love more than a nice white crisp trim. This chunky farmhouse window really gives a warm and cozy vibe to the whole area and it was super inexpensive. We already owned all the tools, we just had to purchase a few pieces of wood. I’ll break down what all you will need below What do you guys think about our new chunky farmhouse trim? It’s quite the transformation.
One last before and after for the road…
ITEMS WE USED FOR THE FARMHOUSE TRIM
(these are the tools we own and recommend)
- Crow Bar and something to cut the seam if you are removing old trim
- Miter Saw
- Jig Saw
- Brad Nailer and Compressor
- Liquid Nail
- Acrylic Latex Caulk
- Spackle or Wood Filler
- Primer and Paint
I hope you found this tutorial helpful if you ever find the urge to update your window trim to a farmhouse trim look. I just adore the character this type trim adds to a space and it was so easy. If you have basic skills with a simple saw, that’s all you need to achieve this look.