DIY Craftsman Trim | Live Pretty on a Penny

DIY Craftsman Trim

Hey good people! Thank you all so much for your kind words regarding my office makeover . I am in love with it and I can assure you that it gets lots of use from my husband and I. But I am super excited about the progress being made in the #liveprettykitchen makeover.

Last time I updated you guys, I had purchased my faucet and gotten my countertops installed. Well, its not installed and I just LOVE it. While I didn't know that faucets could be so expensive, I am glad that we selected the one we did. It's the Moen Kaden Faucet in Brushed Stainless. It has a single handle pull down sprayer which I am in love with and makes cleaning the sink a lot easier..

But the thing I am most excited about is completing our window trim!! Craftsman window trim! I have always love the look of chunkier window molding, and since none of my windows in my home currently have any trim, I figured this window was the perfect starting point.

I headed to my local home improvement store and based off of the measurements of my windows and grabbed the following:

2- pine wood 1x3's cut at 34 inches for the sides
1-pine wood 1x3 cut at 58 inches for the bottom apron
1-pine wood 1x3 cut at 55 inches for the top
2-wooden pine stop molding pieces cut at 56 inches that border the top and bottom of the top 1x3
 *the pine stop molding pieces should overhang the top 1x3 by a half an inch on each side*

Confusing you yet? Hopefully this helps, lol.

 Keep in mind that all of the measurements are based on my windows.

What I love about this trim is that any home improvement store can cut the trim for you, and since their are no angled cuts, once its cut, its ready to be put up!

We put up our trim using our Ryobi Power Nail Gun with compressor, which made installing it a breeze.

Ryobi Vertical Pancake Compressor Nailer Kit

 But I bet using old fashioned hammer and nails would work just fine as well. It would just take a bit longer. I totally consider this kit an investment, as we have used it several different projects.

So once the trim was secured around the window, I went around with white caulk to fill in the seams.  
I caulked all of these areas using white, paintable caulk...

And all of the other areas you see white is a spackle to fill in all of the nail holes. After each patch dried, I sanded the areas down using a sanding block.

I then painted over the trim with Behr semi-gloss white paint and primer.

And that's it! Super simple, right?

How about we take a look at where we started?

And where we progressed to....

And where we are now...

I've even added this trim to my family room since I just love the update that it provides. 

In the kitchen, I still have left to complete:

  • Replace countertop with granite
  • Remove old backsplash
  • Replace Backsplash
  • New Faucet
  • Remove random cabinet
  • Add 2 floating shelves where old cabinet was
  • New light over table- replace with either a fixture or something
  • Remove box florescent light and replace with recessed lights throughout kitchen
  • Replace current flooring
  • Buy New over kitchen sink light
  • Add light over sink
  • Add under cabinet lighting 
  • Add molding around kitchen window

  • As always, thanks for following along with my process. We are so close to the finish line!

    So what do you think of this quick update?Will you be trying it?

    Let me know if you have any questions about how I completed this trim.  Until next time.

    1 comment

    1. wow Erin! The trim made a huge difference! I love the polished look that it gives your kitchen window! Cant wait to see everything when you finish!


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