It’s official our windows are completely done, well almost, only the one above the kitchen sink is left. But we are going to finish that one when we repaint our kitchen cabinets. But here are the steps we took to install our window trim.
Let’s start at the beginning, when we purchased our home in February of 2013 we found out very quickly that our windows were not very good at keeping the cold winter air out.
Which beings us to replacing our windows, in April of that same year we, I really mean my dad, replaced our exterior windows. Which beings us to our home currently… (please ignore the light pole that needs to be repainted that is on my list for this fall and the missing shutters)
After we replaced all the old outside windows, we still needed to removed the inside. That’s right our home had two windows, an interior and an exterior.
When we removed the exterior window there was lots of holes that needed to either re-plastered or framed out by wood. And if you did not notice, we decided to add trim to our windows. Another deciding factor was that plaster does not do a very good job at holding screws.
After removing the old windows, we then needed to remove the old tile window sill. Which was a lot harder than we anticipated and was the longest part of this whole project. After we finally removed the tile plus the mortar, we were left with this.
We also had some difficultly as we were removing the tile and had to re-brick some of the window.
After we finally got all the tile removed, we could finally start trimming out our windows. The first step was installing window jambs.
Then we needed to patch the plaster walls around the window jambs because they got a little beat up from removing the tile.
Then we were ready for adding trim to the window.
Once everything was trimmed out, we prepped the windows for paint by caulking and filling in the nail holes.
And finally, we painted our new window trim white.
And after touching up the walls, our windows looked like this.
Our master bedroom is looking so so much better. Now I just need to finish our king size quilt, which is getting quilted right now. HAY!!!
Does anyone else feel like this post is never going to end, you have to be tried of hearing me talk about these windows. But I just have to show you our windows with blinds because I am loving loving them….
And just because we all love a before and after, here is same window before we started our window project.
What do you think? It’s something I could look at all day, oh wait I do… But now for the dirty details: the cost to install window trim.
Wood for Jambs – $90.05 (board size 1″ x 6″)
Wood for Trim – $76.50 (board size 1″ x 4″)
Wood for UnderSill – $33.40 (board size 2″ x 6″)
Shims – $5.00
Poplar Board – $19.90 (used to fill in gaps around windows)
Nails – $33.00 (we used 2″ and 1 1/4″ nails)
Liquid Nails – $35.90 (we used #14 tubes)
Window Insulating Foam – $26 (we used #4 cans)
Sheetrock Joint Compound – $5.45
Sandpaper – $17.00 (you can buy a smaller pack)
Wood Filler – $7.00
Caulk – $24.75 (we used #6 tubes)
Primer – $21.00 for a gallon (which would be lots… because I bought a 5 gallon)
Paint – $34.00 for a gallon
Paint Brush– $5.50
TOTAL – $437.90
The total cost is for 8 windows and we do have some wood/nails leftover. This breaks down to $54.75 per window and that included our big 105″ living room window. It took us about 2 months to complete the inside of the windows, which includes a lot of break time… So it could be completed a lot faster. And that’s the steps we took to DIY window trim.
Anyone else looking at replacing their windows? Or giving them a little face lift? I would love to hear your story.
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