Makeover your windows and you transform the light + feel of your entire home!
Kim + Scott of Yellow Brick Home have been revamping the windows throughout their 130-plus-year-old-house, and they’ve got it down to a science.
Why? Re-creating original details like chunky trim moulding is important to Kim + Scott, who want to bring back the home’s old character.
Read on to see the big effect that their window transformations really have, and get their step-by-step guide for adding sills + headers + curtains to the windows in your own space.
What You’ll Need
The following can all by found in the decorative moulding section of your hardware store.
Primed Pine Boards (Kim + Scott used a 1″x8″x6′ board for the sill and a 1″x6″x6′ board for the header)
1. Measure Your Window + Cut Your Sill
“Measure the window casing in 3 places – each side and the middle. With this in mind, use a pencil to mark on the 1×8 the depth of your sill, and use a jigsaw to cut. We leave at least 4″ on each side of the sill; this give the side trim enough room to sit, plus an extra inch of overhang (for looks).”
2. Fit Your Sill
“After we’ve test fitted the sill (sometimes this can take a few tries), we run a line of construction adhesive along the window casing. Together, we’ll slide in the sill and use a nail gun at the front and back of the sill (about every 8″) to further keep it in place.”
3. Trim Time
“With the sill in place, we measure and add the side trim. When doing so, we leave a small 1/8″ gap between the window casing and where we put the side trim, as this leaves a space for the caulk to go when we’re done. Our side trim has a flat top and bottom (no mitered cuts here!), so these cuts are pretty easy!”
4. Add A Header
“For the header, it goes in this order from bottom to top: stop, 1×6, brick moulding. The lengths in which you cut these are all personal preference, but we prefer a 1/4-1/2″ overhang for the stop and brick moulding.” NOTE: You can get more details about headers here.
5. Apron + Caulk + Paint
“We also install an apron beneath the sill to finish things off, including a mitered cut on the corners so it has a nice finished return. With everything in place, caulk will bring it together seamlessly! Once the caulk has dried, finally, we paint!”
6. The Final Curtain
“It never ceases to amaze us how much curtains can transform a room! The brass rod plays off of a brass fixture in our entryway, and the curtains added instant coziness. With every step we make in our living room (we’re about to upholster those mustard chairs!) we think, ‘what a difference!’ Slowly and with time, we’re falling deeper in love with our home.”
P.S. If you want new windows, but you’re not so into home improvement projects, our Installation Services team can help!
Kim and her husband Scott are Yellow Brick Home, a source for DIY home renovation and living inspiration. Check out their pet portraits, and you can also follow them on Pinterest + Instagram + Twitter.
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