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~
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~
So I started out visiting my local Lowe’s home improvement store and picked up some cheap pine wood.
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!
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.
Then just grab a jigsaw and cut out the piece on each side.
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.
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!