Thinking Outside The Box…The Window Box, That Is

You may remember the recent shot of the faux brick wall in our den from a couple of weeks ago. If not, let me jog your memory…

Aren’t you digging those unfinished windows? Aren’t you filled with envy that you don’t have completely unfinished windows in your living area? Yeah, I didn’t think so.  So, I finally convinced Jason that it was time to start working on some window boxes and off to Lowes he went, singing for joy that he finally was given the opportunity to fix those ugly windows. Okay, not really. He was actually fairly reluctant. You know why? IT WAS A MESSY, MESSY JOB! He had to use the circular saw to cut off pieces of the brick paneling that were sticking out too far and for the rest of the night we were inhaling sawdust every time we stepped into the room. Needless to say, there’s been a lot of mopping and dusting going on in this house today. Anyway, it’s all in the past and here is the beginnings of our completed windows:

Here the low-down on how these boxes were made. Jason bought door jambs that were about 1/4 of an inch shorter (from window to front wall edge) than our window depth. Buying door jambs saved a lot of time and each jamb only cost $5. Because they are a different depth, however, there is a weird little gap at the back of each piece like this:

However, it’s not anything a little bit of quarter-round can’t handle (that little strip of wood that runs along the bottom of your baseboard). It hides that little gap perfectly and actually gives the window a really nice “finished” look.

Sometimes you just have to “think outside the window box.” Okay, I know. I’ll stop now.

I’ll be checking back in soon with pictures of the trimmed out boxes. If you want to know more about our “brick” wall, you can check out this post.

So, how about you? Any small improvements that have given your home a dramatically new look? Had to improvise to fix those small problems that usually come up during a DIY project? Leave a comment and let us know!

Hey…psst. Down here! I am desperately trying to find the video we took of our home the day we moved in. Look for it in a future post!


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