Raised in California and transplanted to Utah. Married my college sweetheart from Montana, and we are raising 4 nuggets together. I love all things DIY projects and doing them on a budget. I don’t mind messing up and am ok with the 90/10 rule - nothing is perfect over here and it’s fine by me! Encouraging all ‘wanna-be’ DIYers to just get out there and try it! You will be so glad you did.”
I have had a very simple window in my office space for years and decided it was time to dress it up. Â I am converting this old office into a pantry and this is my second step in the process. Â My first project was to add Peel-N-Stick Wallpaper to spice up the wall. Â You can see that super simple tutorial here. Next up will be the pantry shelving!
Once I finished the window treatment, I couldn’t believe how easy it was! I saw lots of ideas on Pinterest and decided upon the Craftsman Style with Fillet and Chasing Cap. Â I wasn’t even sure what those words meant – but I was going for it. Â I learned this from True Built Home here.
Here are my before and after photos – it made such a difference. Â I learned a lot from Liz Forez at LOVEGROWSWILD Blog. Â Her post on a very similar window is so helpful. Â Read that here.
You will measure the height and width of your windows. Â 1×4 boards will be on both sides of your window – exact height. Â 1×6 board will be your window sill and will extend 3 inches over on each side (width plus 6 inches). Â The MDF 1×4, 1×2 and 1×8 boards will also extend over by 3 inches on each side. Â I had a 1×8 wood board in the shed so I opted to use that. Â At my Home Depot the MDF board was cheaper than the real wood. Â Additionally, Home Depot will cut your boards for you! Â Read all about it here.
I keep all my tools prepped on the window sill so I am ready to grab them.
Blesser House Blog has another blog post on how to install a similar window and she uses real wood and brad nails with a hammer – no nail gun! It’s a great option if you do not want to use a power tool.
This is important because you want your boards securely in the wall. Â I use my Zircon StudSensor and marked it with painters tape.
First you want to make sure your boards are evenly spaced 3 inches overlap on each side. Â Most blogs tell you to put the two side pieces on first. Â I started with the top pieces first. Â Either is fine. Â Grab your brad nailer and your level – make sure it’s straight before nailing into the studs. I was alone so YES I picked up the nailer with my feet!
I added the 1×8 board first. Â I made sure to leave 3/4 inch room to add my 1×2 underneath.
It is very important that your first piece is level. Â Check and recheck! It will determine the rest of your placements.
Next I added the top 1×2 piece and the bottom 1×2 piece.
I added the window sill next, but this effected the length of my 1×4 boards on the sides of the window – they were too long. Â I had to use my circular saw (or a jig saw) to cut the sill to fit the area. Â So if you do not want to make another cut in the 1×4 boards, install them first. Â Then measure the window sill to fit second. Â You will basically measure and cut out a corner on each side of the 1×6 board. Install with nail gun.
Finally I added the two sides boards and the 1×4 board underneath the window sill.
You will want to use paintable caulk. Â I always use a caulking gun because it’s hard for me to push the caulk out of the tube otherwise. Â I apply and then use my finger to make it smooth. Â They have tools for this but I like to use my finger instead. Â Keep a rag that you can throw away or a baby wipe close to wipe your finger on.
I am not very good at caulking as you can see in the next photo. Â It never works super well for me. Â If you aren’t either, don’t worry! Â You can paint over it. Â Just make it as smooth as possible.
Farmboy taught me to place a screw into the top so the caulk will not dry inside it. Â Works great for us!
If you are not using a primed MDF board you will need a coat of primer. Â MDF just soaks up the paint otherwise. Â Tape your area with painters tape and then add spackling paste to the small brad nail holes with a puddy knife. Â Let dry and sand off. Â Wipe off dust with a dry rag and you are ready to paint! I used 2 coats of Sherman Williams White to match my house.
Pulling off the tape is the best part in my opinion. Â It means your are done!
This inexpensive project added so much to my new pantry and I love it. Â Anyone can add this feature, it’s easier than you think!