We’re back into project mode in our master bedroom makeover. One of the main projects that we needed to finish was the window trim for all three windows in the room.
When we installed the grid board and batten wall, we build the window trim into that feature wall. However, we never finished adding trim to the other two windows. So, for a long time, they looked like this.
Kind of sad in comparison to the beautiful window on the feature wall.
Well, we finally decided to finish these two windows. And I couldn’t be more excited about it!
Craftsman window trim might look complicated at first, but it’s really easy to install. You don’t even need to make any special angle cuts. It’s one of the easiest trim styles to add to your home and it makes such a huge impact in a room.
How to Install Easy Craftsman Window Trim
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- 1×6 Pine Boards
- 1×4 Pine Boards
- 1×2 Pine Boards
- 1×3 Pine Boards
- Wood Glue
- 1.5” Brad Nails
- Wood Putty
- White Semi-Gloss Paint
- Miter Saw
- Hand Saw
- Brad Nailer
- Tape Measure
- Sandpaper (120 Grit)
- Scraper Tool
- Combination Square
- Carpenter’s Pencil
- Handy Paint Pail
- Paint Brush
Before we could start adding trim to our windows, we first needed to remove the existing trim. Our townhome is a builder grade house, so all of the windows came with a window sill and a small apron piece. Other than those two pieces, there was no other trim on the windows.
To prepare the window for new trim, we first used a crowbar to pry off the existing apron trim.
Then, we used a scraper tool to cut into the caulk between the window and the sill. This allowed us to completely remove the sill.
After these two pieces were removed, we were left with this not-so-pretty sight.
We used the scraper tool and a vacuum to clean up all of the loose pieces and extra caulk.
Next, we measured and cut out all of the trim pieces for the window. To get the correct piece sizes for your window, you have to do some measuring up front. Once you have some basic measurements, it’s really easy to figure out all of the piece sizes. Then, all you have to do is cut them to length using a miter saw.
Instead of trying to explain the measuring and piece sizes here, I thought that I would create a free workbook for you to use on your own craftsman trim project.
In the workbook, there are step-by-step instructions for measuring your window and figuring out all of the piece sizes. All you have to do is fill in the blanks as you go through the workbook. Then follow the instructions to cut out your trim pieces. It’s super easy!
You can get your workbook for free.
Get the Free Workbook: Easy Craftsman Window Trim
There are 7 pieces that make up the craftsman window trim:
- Crown 1
- Crown 2
The sill is the only piece that requires a little bit of extra cutting.
You’ll find more instructions on cutting the sill piece in the free workbook.
After all of the pieces were cut out of the different sized pine boards, it was time to assemble everything.
After attaching the sill, we added the apron piece. In order to get the apron piece centered on the window, we used a combination square to measure 1” inwards from the edge of the sill piece. We marked that measurement on the wall using a carpenter’s pencil.
Next, we attached the two side pieces to the wall on either side of the window.
Then, it was time to attach the top piece. To get the top piece centered on the window, we used a combination square to measure 1” outwards from the edge of each side piece. We marked that measurement on the wall using a carpenter’s pencil.
Then, we placed the top piece in line with those markings. The top piece is attached so that the 2” side is facing down, and the 1” side is facing out. This creates a nice trim detail.
After attaching the top piece, we then attached the header using the same method that we used to attach the apron piece.
Finally, we attached the two crown pieces to the top of the window trim using a brad nailer for the crown 1 piece and wood glue for the crown 2 piece. The crown pieces are attached just like the top piece. The 2” and 3” sides are facing down, while the 1” sides are facing out.
I didn’t get a picture of the crown 2 piece at the very top, but you will see it in the finished photos.
To finish the trim, we used one coat of primer and 2 coats of white semi-gloss paint.
Once the paint was dry, the windows were finished!
I just LOVE the look of craftsman trim on the windows! It makes the whole room look so much more finished. Adding trim to our windows not only makes a huge impact on the overall look of the room, but it also makes the windows look even bigger.
The master bedroom is getting closer and closer to being complete! Stay tuned for a few more projects and then later, the full room reveal!