Diagnosis: Window Trim Psychosis

I’m getting close to painting the dining room. I’ve narrowed my colors down to these few:

Dining Room Swatches

Obviously, dining room paint is imminent, so I needed to trim out this window and sliding door:

Kitchen Window Before

Sliding Door Before

I looked online for how-tos, but I didn’t find anything specific for trimming out raw windows and doors, so I made up my own procedure. The hardest part was making the sill. I had never used a router before, but, surprise! (That’s sarcasm. It wasn’t a surprise.) I’m awesome at it.

Close up router sill

I ripped down some one-by-twos with my jigsaw to fit the inside around the window. (Yes, a table saw totally would have been the proper tool, but I don’t have one of those.) (Also, I really like having fingers and I feel like a table saw might try to take those away from me.)

Kitchen Window During

Then I just had to put on the outside trim. I’m pretty good at that now, after trimming out my hallway.

Kitchen Window After

Kitchen Window Sill Close

I followed the same basic procedure for my sliding door except I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to do at the bottom. (Doors don’t have window sills. Because they’re doors.) So I just pretended to know what I was doing and made it look pretty.

Sliding Door After

They came out great, right? The sliding door has built in blinds, but I started thinking about what I wanted to do with the kitchen window. I decided that 2 inch wood blinds would look awesome. Hey, guess what?

Kitchen Window Measurement Small

There’s not enough space to mount 2 inch blinds. Obviously, this was the perfect time to figure this out. You’ve heard of pre-planning? This would be its much less effective cousin post-planning. I’m going to try to avoid post-planning in the future because it leads to this:

Window Demo Pieces

Psycho that I am, I ripped off all of my newly installed trim to build a deeper window frame. And if I found no useful how-tos on trimming out a normal window the normal way, you can bet I found zero tutorials on this craziness…

Kitchen Window Revised 1

Kitchen Window Revised 2

Kitchen Window Revised 3

Kitchen Window Revised 4

Kitchen Window Measurement Large

I think I may be the first person to ever trim a window like this. I am an innovator! I am a problem solver! I am freaking brilliant!

I tried to check myself into a window treatment center, but they said that’s not what they do there. Little bit misleading…

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28 Responses to Diagnosis: Window Trim Psychosis

  1. Sylvia says:

    OK…I’ll make the first comment. I think you did a great job. The end result looks good. Who cares how you got there.

    • My Crappy House says:

      The first comment is always the hardest. You did well! You can’t go wrong with a compliment…

  2. LaFawne says:

    As usual, amazed at your creativity. I love having unique stuff that is not in every other house on the block, you seem to be the same way! Long live “make it your own selfers”!!

  3. Miz Kizzle says:

    You are a home renovation superhero. I’m too lazy to attempt anything like what you do. In fact, there’s a room ustairs that I haven’t entered since the spring. It’s probably time to go up there and close the storm windows, and chek to see if anythingks taken up residence in there.

  4. Lisa says:

    WOW! Great job with the “arts and crafts” – hahaha.

  5. jengland says:

    This must be my lucky day! 2 posts from you in the same month and Walmarts’ Black Friday ad is out. I’m on my way to buy a lotto ticket!
    P.S. I am truly impressed by your router skills and window framing adventures.

    • My Crappy House says:

      Right? I don’t know what’s wrong with me. It’s only been 8 days! I have to go lie down.

      (If you win lotto, we go halvsies, right?)

  6. Katherine says:

    I never cease to be amazed by your skills. I wouldn’t know where to begin with a router or a jigsaw….and I am ashamed of myself. Beautiful work!

    • My Crappy House says:

      Don’t be ashamed! It’s never too late to learn! Ask Santa for a jigsaw for Christmas. (Or ask The Holiday Armadillo!)

  7. Carole Strom says:

    That is such a creative idea! I’m impressed. Put 2″ blinds in my bedroom- love them; now, one window at a time for rest of house. Your home is looking terrific- what an accomplishment!

  8. Angel says:

    great job! would love to see some how-to videos of your posts. a tool list would be great too (for those of us that aren’t quite so naturally gifted, but would like to learn!)

    • My Crappy House says:

      Thanks! I don’t really consider my blog to be a serious DIY blog (I mean my DIY is serious for sure, but I like to have fun with you guys…), so I probably won’t post any how-to videos, but I would be MORE than happy to describe any of my projects to you in detail. Just shoot me an email directly and we can talk! (Use the “contact” tab at the top of my blog.)

  9. Jenny says:

    Glad you got there in the end. For future reference on how-to’s you can always try doing a search Addicted2Decorating. I don’t think there is anything Kristi hasn’t tried and like you she sometimes does it her way. She is very good at detailed How-to’s, so that might help give you some ideas, to work your own how-to.
    Having said all that, your window trim looks great.

    • My Crappy House says:

      I bet Kristi hasn’t done window trim like this… I’ll admit I half-heartedly search for tutorials because I usually have my own ideas on how to do things. I think I do OK!

  10. Le says:

    Soooooo funny! I think you should always post-plan. It entertains me more. =) Laughed out loud in the conference room. Gave away the fact I wasn’t working on my laptop. oops.

    • My Crappy House says:

      Oh, man. If I gotta do everything twice for your amusement, I’m going to be at this for a VERY long time…

  11. Vespee says:

    Love the windows, but you are so overthinking the paint.

    • My Crappy House says:

      You might think so, but each color is up there twice and, depending on how far from the window they are, they look totally different. I can’t help obsessing. It’s my thing.

  12. lisa says:

    You’re right, it’s psychotic, and I like it! Plus, wider sill = more space for Egor.

  13. Mom says:

    OMG you are awesome (obsessed ah I mean meticulous). Living with your father (the ittle do king) I was just happy to get the holes around the window closed. PS I had a dream last night that you finally painted the dining room Royal Blue. Mwahaha

    • My Crappy House says:

      Obsessed. I know it. I own it. I got it from you! (Yeah, I know I didn’t. I got other stuff though…)

  14. Lynn says:

    Post-planning is my middle name. It’s been the source of tons of “fun” for my husband over the years. He can fix anything and everything. And has, thanks to me. What can I say? I’m a giver.

    You’re awesome. Can’t wait to see the floors, blinds and paint!

    • My Crappy House says:

      You’re so awesome giving your husband challenges that he can rise to! Some husbands don’t get to fix anything at all. Poor guys…