Looking for an easy way to add a transom window to your home? This DIY transom window project made from old windows can be created in an afternoon.

DIY transom window project made from an old window thistlewoodfarms.com

If you happen to live in Kentucky and you happen to live at the end of a winding country road that happens to wind its way by the chicken barn and the horse farm and happens to go over the hill by the old barn and the cornfield.

And you happen to be going by my house, I totally just made the best sweet tea.

Seriously.

Not too sweet.

With a hint of sunshine.

With fresh-squeezed limes.

And plenty of knock-knock jokes.

I’d also show you our newest project.

This DIY transom window.

DIY transom window project made from an old window thistlewoodfarms.com

On your way here to stop by for limes and sweet tea and knock-knock jokes will you remember it’s trash day…..

….and can you keep your eye out for a window?

Preferably one that’s a little broken and worn that needs a little TLC…

….with 40 panes.

I really need another transom.

Remember when I found that broken over-sized window in the trash last year.

It was just sitting there, calling my name and I drove it through town in the back of a truck with the entire county talking. First, we made a monthly chalkboard calendar for the family room wall.

And with then? With all those the extra panes….

….we made a transom.

DIY transom window project made from an old window thistlewoodfarms.com

How to Make DIY Transom Window

Supplies

old window

3 trim pieces

imagination

elbow grease

knock-knock jokes

DIY transom window project made from an old window thistlewoodfarms.com

Step 1:  Measure space in the opening

We had a 6 foot opening between the family room and the kitchen.

It was so….well…so square.

The transom was the perfect solution.

Enter old window panes.

Each window measures roughly a foot across so we created a six window transom.

We didn’t have six windows across.

I think we had four.

The key is the piece of base trim.  We attached all the windows to the base trim to create one long transom.

Then we added another piece of trim to the top to attach the windows to the opening.

(total aside:  When I say we…I was the one telling knock-knock jokes while my husband created the transom)

DIY transom window project made from an old window thistlewoodfarms.com

Step 2:  Add an extra trim piece on end to make sure transom looks built-in

Our space was just a little bit larger than six feet.

No worries.

We just added an extra trim piece to fill the space on the end.

Then we painted and caulked and added wood filler.

(total aside:  if you don’t live in Kentucky and it’s not trash day where you live….you could always recreate this look without the windows by simply adding moldings to create the look of windows without the glass).

Step 3: Caulk and paint

After the window is attached in place, fill gaps with caulk.

Let dry.

Paint the entire window with matching trim paint.

Knock knock

Who’s there?

Owl’s say.

Owl’s say who?

Yes….they do. 🙂

Happy sweet tea and trash day to you.  🙂

PS I hope you enjoyed this DIY transom window project. Now, I just need a few more ideas for the kitchen–like this simple way to hide your trash can.

 

Knock knock

Who’s there?

Owl’s say.

Owl’s say who?

Yes….they do. 🙂

Happy sweet tea and trash day to you.  🙂

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