DIY Farmhouse Window Trim Molding

Hi Friends!!  I have been meaning to finish  my posts about my DIY home remodel and this is one of my favorite additions to my dining room.  It was inexpensive, easy, quick and makes the biggest impact.  An all around win win!!  I’m talking about DIY farmhouse window trim molding.  I scoured Pinterest and found some great tutorials and got to work.  I ended being most inspired by Jillian’s over at I am a Homemaker.  With a few tools, you can do these in a few hours!

All the windows in the front of my house have an arch on top.  Now, I don’t mind the look of them but to find an arched window treatment is not cheap.  We get direct sun from 3pm on in the front which means a lot of heat coming in during the summer months.  We had the basic faux wood blinds over 3/4 of the window.  Take a look at what my dining room windows looked like before~

DIY farmhouse window trim molding tutorial

Not horrible, right?  But I really wanted window treatments to cover the entire window so I decided to cover up the arch and make it look like a rectangular window.  How do you do that, you might ask??  Read on, my friends, and find out how easy it is to change the whole look into this~

DIY farmhouse window trim molding tutorial

So I started out visiting my local Lowe’s home improvement store and picked up some cheap pine wood.

I used:

1 x 4 s for sides, apron, and top

1 x 6 for windowsill

1 x 2 on top – sandwich the 1×4

1 x 3 on very top

Then all you need is one of my favorite tools, a Ryobi nail gun, and also a miter saw, a jig saw, and some caulking.  If you don’t have saws, you can have your home improvement store cut them to the lengths you want.  The lengths will depend on your window.

First thing you have to do is take off the existing windowsill.  I was a little nervous about this since I have never done it and didn’t know how hard it would be.  But with a crowbar it came off pretty easily!

DIY farmhouse window trim molding tutorial

I put some more caulking on to seal it better.  You can use the foam caulking or weather resistant caulking.  Then to make it super easy, I laid the old windowsill on top of a 1×6 piece of wood and traced it.  I wanted the sides to stick out farther than my side trim so I added an extra 3 inches to each side.

DIY farmhouse window trim molding tutorial

DIY farmhouse window trim molding tutorial

Then I traced where the corner was and continued the line to make a rectangle.DIY farmhouse window trim molding tutorial

Then just grab a jigsaw and cut out the piece on each side.

DIY farmhouse window trim molding tutorial

Viola!  That’s it for the windowsill!  That’s the hardest part of the whole project!  Stick in on the window and use a nail gun to nail it on good.

DIY farmhouse window trim molding tutorial

Then just measure up the wall at how far you want the side trim to go up, cut a 1×4 so you have two equal pieces and nail those up on the sides.Ryobi nail gun

The 1×4 for the apron and also the one at the very top should be the same length as your window plus the side trims so just measure across and cut 2 equal 1x4s.  Nail one under the windowsill for the apron.

Then all you need are the cuts for the top.  Cut two equal lengths of a 1×2 the same length as your windowsill piece and one 1×3 about 1.5-2 inches longer than the 1x2s so it sticks over each side.  I put the whole top frame together on my counter and then nailed it on the wall on the sides of the 1×4.  Sorry, for some reason I didn’t get pictures of this part, but check out I am a Homemaker’s blog for more instruction!

After everything is nailed down, fill nail holes and paint the whole frame.  I used White Dove color by Benjamin Moore.  After everything is dry, apply caulking all away around and you’re done!  I bought new roman shades and hung them up high to make it look like a longer window.  I absolutely love the outcome and I couldn’t believe how easy and cheap it was to do!

It brightens up my new dining room and goes so well with my DIY dining room table!  Check out my post about it by clicking here.

DIY farmhouse window trim molding tutorial Benjamin Moore White Dove

DIY farmhouse window trim molding tutorial Benjamin Moore White Dove

DIY farmhouse window trim molding tutorial Benjamin Moore White Dove

DIY farmhouse window trim molding tutorial Benjamin Moore White Dove

 

 

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DIY Brass Fireplace Makeover

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Today I have a super easy and frugal way to update your fireplace.  If your house is a little older, I’m sure it shows how much brass was loved a few decades ago.  If you’re like me, you are not a fan of that brass anymore!  So instead of spending a bunch of money on replacing everything, just do my favorite thing, and paint it!  This is what our fireplace looked like before my DIY brass fireplace makeover…

DIY brass fireplace makeover

It’s not horrible, but it definitely didn’t go with the rest of my family room decor.  I was adding a lot more silver and gray into the room so the brass was sticking out.  Ready for this project that takes about 10  minutes??

All you need is some spray paint and contact paper!  Not just any paint but High Heat spray paint.  I got mine here (less than $4 on Amazon!)  I grabbed some contact paper from the Dollar Tree and got to work covering all the places I didn’t want the paint with the contact paper. (I would add more to the edges but since I was repainting the white I didn’t totally cover that part)DIY brass fireplace makeover

Then I started painting… just took a few minutes.

Rust-oleum high heat silver spray paint Rustoleum high heat silver spray paint

DIY brass fireplace makeover

After it was dry, peel off all the contact paper, and ta da, you have a fresh looking fireplace!

DIY brass fireplace makeover

DIY brass fireplace makeover

Pretty easy, right???  Now the fireplace doesn’t stick out like a brass thumb!Benjamin Moore White Dove fireplace

To check out my post on my full fireplace mantel makeover including a shiplap tutorial, click here!

Here is the lovely before and after picture!  I absolutely love that I don’t have any brass anymore!!DIY brass fireplace makeover

DIY brass fireplace makeover

This would be an easy solution for bathrooms too where there are brass trims around mirrors.  Luckily we don’t have that, but if we did, I would paint all of them!  I would love to see pictures if you update any of your brass!

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DIY Shiplap Fireplace Makeover

Hi Friends!  If you have followed my blog for a while you know I’ve never liked my fireplace and have remodeled it already.  Well, I remodeled it again and this time I love it!  I was definitely inspired by Fixer Upper farmhouse style to pull off this easy and cheap DIY shiplap fireplace makeover.

So let me now remind you of how my fireplace looked for about 10 years…DIY fireplace mantel makeover

It drove me crazy!  A hole and an inlet over the mantle and a big hole for a box TV on the bottom… yes, our house was built in the late 90s.  About 3 years ago I remodeled it to look like this…  You can check out the tutorial by clicking here.diy mantel fireplace makeover

 

Better but I still wasn’t in love with it.  Also my kids were getting older so I didn’t need the chalkboard over the fireplace anymore.  I decided to put up faux shiplap over the mantel to cover the holes instead of fabric over foam.  Off to Lowe’s I went where I got a very thin 4’x8′ board and had them cut it in 6 inch panels.  All we had to do is nail them to the wall with  my Ryobi nail gun.

DIY shiplap fireplace makeover

We ended up putting a few 2x4s where the holes were to nail the board into the center.  This took about 10 minutes!  Super easy!DIY shiplap fireplace makeover

After the boards were up, I filled in the nail holes with some wood filler and then I painted the whole thing with Benjamin Moore white dove paint.  Ta da!  That’s all there is to it!

All I had to do now was to decorate it.  The only thing I really wanted was a windmill clock and I ended up getting this one off Amazon.  (Click here!)  It really brought the room together and added the perfect focal point for the mantel!

Benjamin Moore White Dove fireplace


Benjamin Moore White Dove fireplace

I am finally in love with my fireplace!  It took 13 years but I finally nailed it!  It makes me so happy to sit in my family room now.

Benjamin Moore White Dove fireplace

 

DIY shiplap fireplace makeover

Benjamin Moore White Dove fireplace

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DIY Easter Cross Decoration

Hi Friends! I have done quite a few posts on my love for wood boxes. You can use them for so many things all year round. (Check out my post here on more ways to decorate with a wood box!)  Easter is coming up in a few weeks so I decided to use my wood box centerpiece to display the true meaning of Easter. This is an easy and cheap DIY Easter cross decoration that you could put anywhere! DIY Easter cross decoration tutorial

For my post on how to build the wood box click here.  I made burlap signs for every season and on the back side of one of them I made this one.  Cut out heat transfer vinyl with a Cricut or other cutting machine and apply it.  You can check out a tutorial on applying vinyl to burlap by clicking here.

Only thing left to do is add the crosses.  I found some sticks outside and tied them together with jute twine by wrapping around where the sticks cross.  So that the crosses stand up straight I put floral foam in the box first.DIY Easter cross decoration tutorial


Then I just pushed the crosses into the foam.DIY Easter cross decoration tutorial

Then all you need to do is add moss and some rocks on top of the floral foam.

DIY Easter cross decoration tutorial

That’s it!  Crazy easy, right??  These would make great centerpieces or mantel decor.  Where would you put it?

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Check out some of my other DIY easy Easter decor by clicking here!

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DIY Easter Wood Sign Tutorial

Hi Friends!  I have been busy creating table decorations for our church’s Ladies Night Out.  Next month is Easter so of course I’m doing everything pastel, crosses, bunnies and eggs.  I am hoping to do all this on a pretty low-budget so I had to get creative.  The one thing I knew I wanted to do was make little Easter themed wood sign decorations to put on all 12 tables.  This was a fun easy project that cost me next to nothing!  I just used spare wood I had in my garage and bought a few little chalk paints.  Hope you enjoy this easy DIY Easter wood sign tutorial.DIY Easter wood sign table decor

Materials for DIY Easter Wood Sign


I went through my wood pile and found a bunch of small pieces of wood that were about 4.5×7 inches to 5.5×9 inches and lightly sanded them.  DIY Easter wood sign table decor

For the designs, I found bunny silhouettes and added them to Cricut design space.  Since I needed to make a lot of these, I ended up using contact paper as stencils since it’s much cheaper than vinyl.  I cut the designs out with my Cricut on the vinyl setting.  If you don’t have a cutting machine, you can just print out a picture, cut it out, use that to trace onto the top of contact paper, and then cut out the design with scissors.  These aren’t very intricate so using scissors would work fine!DIY Easter wood sign table decor

I painted some of my boards with chalk paint and some of them I stained with Minwax dark walnut or Rustoleum weathered gray.  This will end up being the color of your design (bunny or cross).  I picked two neutral colors and painted my boards with them.  Allow them to dry.DIY Easter wood sign table decor

Since I was using contact paper and it doesn’t tend to stick very well, I sprayed a light coat of craft bond on the wood.  Let it dry for 2-4 minutes and then apply the contact paper, smooth it down, and remove the transfer tape.

DIY Easter wood sign table decor DIY Easter wood sign table decor

Paint over the whole board with what ever color you want the background to be.  I used an assortment of pastel yellow, pink, purple, and light blues.  I don’t paint all the way to the edges to give it more of a rustic look.

DIY Easter wood sign table decor DIY Easter wood sign table decor

Then peel the contact paper off – trying not to get paint everywhere!

DIY Easter wood sign table decor DIY Easter wood sign table decor DIY Easter wood sign table decor

A few of mine dried a bit sticky from the craft bond, so I lightly sanded the top to get rid of it.  I knew these wouldn’t get handled much so I wasn’t too worried about it.

I sanded the edges and corners with a fine grit sand paper to age them some and then sprayed them with polycrylic.  This is how they all came out.DIY Easter wood sign table decor

I then added some embellishments – glued on cotton balls for tails and added some ribbons around bunnies necks.

To stand them up, I had a long rod that was 3/8 inch across.  I cut it up in 2 inch pieces with my jigsaw.  I used a 15/32 inch drill bit and drilled a whole half way through the back side of the wood.

DIY Easter wood sign table decor DIY Easter wood sign table decor

I dipped the small rod in wood glue and pushed it in the whole.  I tapped a few in with a hammer if they were stubborn!  Let those dry and then they’re ready to go!  You can paint the back of your boards too.  DIY Easter wood sign table decor

Here are most of them, ready to go!  Stay tuned on posts about the rest of the centerpieces!

DIY Easter wood sign table decor

DIY Easter wood sign table decor

DIY Easter wood sign table decor

Pretty easy, right?  You can do it!

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