Have you noticed that none of the windows in our house have trim? No? Maybe? Ok, maybe it’s just me! I notice it constantly!
One of my dream updates that I want to do in our townhouse is to trim out all of the windows. Since our townhouse is a builder grade home, the windows don’t have trim on them. And without trim, the windows look a little “unfinished” in my opinion.
Since we moved in, trimming the windows hasn’t really been at the top of our to-do list. But, once we decided to renovate the powder room, the smallest window in the house moved to the top of the list as the first window to get trim!
Today, I’m sharing the next DIY project – modern craftsman window trim.
I love the look of craftsman style trim in a modern classic home. The clean lines and pretty crown pieces make the trim stand out while not being too flashy. Simple, clean, and bold – that’s why I love craftsman style trim.
Now it’s time for all the DIY details.
DIY Modern Craftsman Window Trim
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- 1×4 Pine Boards*
- 1×6 Pine Boards*
*We used plywood for our trim because that’s what we had on hand from our shiplap project. It would have been easier to use pine boards
- Miter Saw
- Brad Nailer
- Tape Measure
- Sandpaper (80 Grit & 120 Grit)
- Paint Tray
- Paint Brush
- Paint Roller
Before we started any actual DIY work, we created a sketch plan of the craftsman style trim that we wanted to build.
To create the modern craftsman trim for the window, we decided to use 1×4 boards, 1×6 boards, and 1×2 and 1×3 boards.
The trim is made up of a few different pieces.
- Apron (bottom) – 1×4 board
- Lower Sill – 1×6 board
- Sides – 1×4 boards
- Upper Sill – 1×6 board
- Header – 1×6 board
- Crown – 1×2 board and 1×3 board
- Casing – 1×4 boards custom cut (these will be explained later)
Once we had a plan, it was time to start building.
First, we built the lower and upper sills. The sills were created using 1×6 boards.
To get the correct length of the sills so that they extended past the side trim pieces, we first measured the window. Then, we added the width of the side trim pieces (3.5” each). FInally, we added an additional 1” so that the sill would extend past the side trim 0.5” on either side.
Sill Length = Window Width + Side Trim 1 Length + Side Trim 2 Length + 1”
We used the miter saw to cut the 1×6 boards to the correct sill length.
The sill pieces have to fit inside of the window jamb. So they are actually cut into a “T” shape.
We measured the inside of the window and marked where the 1×6 board should be cut to create the “T” shape. Then, using a jigsaw, we cut out the sides of the sills so that they would fit into the window jamb.
For our specific window, we trimmed down the 1×6 board to 5” deep for the lower sill and 4” deep for the upper sill. That way the sills wouldn’t stick out too far into the powder room.
Next, we created the casing inside the window. The casing sits inside the window jamb between the lower and upper sills. To make the casing, we used two 1×4 boards that were cut to the depth of the window jamb.
We wanted these boards to have their edges flush to the outside wall so that the side trim pieces could cover them.
We used the miter saw to cut the casings. The length of these pieces was the distance between the top and bottom sills. Then, using some wood glue and the brad nailer, we attached the casing pieces to the inside of the window jamb.
Next, we measured for the side trim pieces. The length of these pieces was the distance between the top and bottom sills. We cut the 1×4 boards using the miter saw and attached them to the front using wood glue and the brad nailer.
Once the side pieces were up, it was time to create the apron and the header pieces. Both of these pieces were the same lengths. To find the length for these pieces, we measured the distance between the outsides of the side trim pieces.
For the crown pieces, we used a 1×2 board and a 1×3 board stacked together. This stack was then attached to the header piece.
(Here’s a little preview of the primed trim)
After everything was installed, we used wood putty to fill in all of the nail holes. Then, we used caulk to fill in the seams between boards and the gaps between the trim pieces and the wall. This made everything look seamless and built in.
Finally, it was time to prime and paint!
First, we coated all of the trim with primer. After that was dry, we painted the window trim with 2-3 coats of white semi-gloss paint.
Then, once the trim was dry, we stepped back and admired the finished craftsman window trim!
Psst: There’s a sneak preview of the art in the finished room!
I was so excited to finally see how the craftsman style trim would look on our windows. And let me tell you, I’m loving it! I can’t wait to do the rest of the windows. But for now, I get all excited whenever I get a glimpse of the trim in our powder room.
The powder room window is actually a square, so adding the craftsman style trim makes the window look more rectangular. And now, the window actually looks larger making everything seem brighter.
I can’t wait for next week when I’ll be sharing the full Powder Room Reveal! Stay Tuned!
DIY Modern Craftsman Window Trim (You’re Here)