Have you ever hung curtains before and realized there was a big blank space above your windows? Here’s an easy solution: install window moldings. Window moldings are one of the easiest ways to add character to your room and fill up the blank space on the wall.
I think there is a myth about old farmhouses that were built in 1918. I think it was started in 1922 by a farmer who really wanted to sell his farmhouse.
Somehow the rumor got started that old farmhouses are full of moldings and decorative details and beautiful old trim.
Now maybe there is a farmhouse built somewhere in a land far far away by an overly exuberant farmer with a fine decorative eye who was light years ahead of his other farmer friends.
But he sure didn’t live here. I think our farmer was too busy, well….farming. You know. He was milking the cows, feeding the horses, cutting the hay, checking on the crops and all that.
He was much too busy for window molding.
But you see, we don’t farm, or milk cows, or cut hay. So we have plenty of time for molding.
Crown molding and door molding and ceiling molding and floor molding. And my favorite. Window molding.
Let’s just say that we never met a piece of molding that we didn’t like.
Creating window moldings
We worked and we toiled and we cut and we shaped and we placed and we put molding everywhere. Now the house was all “moldinged up.” I was so happy. Which made my husband so happy.
Because he thought we were done.
He should have known better.
I was just getting started.
I mean, we hadn’t even begun to address all the empty spaces over the windows.
But before we get started on our window molding tutorial, here are a few questions to get us started.
What is the trim around the molding called?
Window molding can be simple or ornate, but there are several different types of window molding. For example, you have the stile that are the vertical molding pieces on the window. There is also the window sash, which is the horizontal piece of window molding at the bottom of the window. The molding around the window is also typically referred to as the window casing.
Can you just replace part of the window molding?
Yes. This is often a much more inexpensive option than replacing the entire window. If you’ve ever priced out you know how expensive it can be. One option is to simply replace the sash instead of the entire window. Sash kits are sold individually at local home improvement stores. You can also add window molding to an existing window, like the project that we tackled in the dining room.
Where are the best places to buy window molding?
For standard window moldings, a local home improvement store is your best choice. They typically offer a wide variety of moldings in primed and un-primed boards. If you are looking for more ornate window moldings, there are several options available online to custom order moldings. In addition, you can also choose to design your own moldings and make them yourself with a router.
How much does it cost to install window molding?
The price of the molding is determined by the molding that you choose for your project. Simple, plainer moldings bought at the local home improvement store run about $1-$2 per linear foot. Elaborate decorative moldings can be as high as $5-$6 per linear foot. You will also need to include the cost of supplies for your project as well, such as paint, caulk and brushes.
If you are thinking about adding window moldings to your window, you know how expensive they can be. Especially 10″ window moldings.
Really? We have four children to put through college one day.
In the world of window molding there are two key things to remember are (1) paint is your friend and (2) a little plywood goes a long way.
We did a little planning and created these expensive looking window moldings for ONLY $22.
I know, RIGHT?
Can you even believe it? Don’t they look high end? And expensive? And something a super creative farmer might have put together.
Want to know how we made them?
How To Add Window Molding To Your Windows
- plywood boards
- crown molding
- picture frame molding
Step 1: Cut the plywood
If you don’t have resources to cut the boards yourself, no worries. You can have the home improvement store cut it for you. We had Home Depot cut down a sheet of 1/4″ plywood to 8″ strips. Plywood works well for this project because it’s inexpensive and since we will be painting it, you won’t be able to tell that it’s not more expensive wood.
Step 2: Cut the 8″ plywood to fit
My husband cut down the 8″ strips to 36″ in width. He cut it to fit our window. For your own project, you would cut it to whatever the width of your window is. Next, he nailed each of the plywood pieces above the 5″ piece of pine that was already on the window.
Step 3: Add crown molding
Next we added 3″ crown molding to the top. He simply cut the molding piece to 36″ to fit and attached it with finished nails.
And then? We noticed all the gaps.
When you are built in 1918, nothing is ever level and there is always an extra space here and there.
Step 4: Add picture molding
No worries. We just added picture molding to cover the gap. Picture molding is your friend on a project like this because it hides all the imperfections. He cut the finish molding piece to 36″ to fit and attached it with finished nails.
Step 5: Caulk
Caulk in all the gaps in the window. You want to make sure you get paintable caulk for this project. Let the caulk dry before painting.
Step 6: Prime
After the caulk was dry, we primed the plywood and the molding with an interior primer.
Step 7: Paint
We painted the moldings with one coat of glossy white paint over the primer. Typically, most window projects like this will require a second coat of paint. Let the paint dry between the coats.
After you finish the project, add burlap curtains, count your pennies and buy a milking cow with the money you saved. I think it’s a lot of window drama for only $22.00.
I wonder what that farmer would think of his front parlor windows now?
Probably not too much.
He’d probably just shrug his shoulders and tell me the plywood should have been used to patch up the barn.