Last week I showed you my beautiful new shutters and how they have improved my lifestyle. I no longer have to wedge myself between my chair and the wall to open the curtains in my bedroom. I can have easy privacy when necessary and let the sunshine in with one flip of the wrist.
I love, love, love them. BUT my bedroom needed height at the windows and the new shutters were only the size of my windows. I thought, while I loved them with all my heart, that they needed some tweaking.
I wanted to make them look a bit more grand, more substantial. So I hopped in the van and went to the hardware store for some trim. I wanted to widen the windows a bit, so I got a 4″ trim and I wanted to stretch the windows to the ceiling, so I got a package of beadboard and some smaller trim.
In less than 3 hours I was finished with the whole project and my windows are perfection. Mwah!
First we cut the 4″ trim to fit along the sides of the window from floor to ceiling.
We also added this same trim across the top, below the crown molding that was already there. If I didn’t have crown I would have just taken it all the way to meet the ceiling. We mitered those corners. Mitering corners isn’t scary…you just need the right tool. (my oldest son was sweet to help me with the project)
The only hitch was that we had to notch around the window sills. After cutting the side piece the exact length to fit floor to ceiling we held it up to the window and marked where the notch needed to be.
Then we measured how far in we needed to cut and we marked that.
Until we had our mark exactly where we needed it.
There are several ways to cut a notch. This is just how we do it. We use the miter saw (we also used it for the mitered corners above) to start the cuts.
Then used a chisel to chip out the rest. It only took about a minute.
And it was ready to put up.
Then we cut the beadboard to fit into the opening above the windows. I attached everything using a brad nailer, but you can also use finish nails.
Next I cut some narrow trim into a frame to fit inside of the beaded board. I just did that to add a paneling feeling. After it was all caulked and painted it looked like this:
Below the window I just painted the exposed wall with the white paint, but I didn’t add beadboard there. I was too cheap to buy another package when I really didn’t need it.
To show you what a huge difference the trim makes, I did one window at a time so you could see them before and after side by side.
Here it is finished….nice, huh?
I am in love. Real, true, deep love.
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