How To Create Magazine-Style Farmhouse Windows

7 Materials
$30
3 Hours
Easy

Do you have skinny window casings on your windows? Do you lack a window sill? Do you dream of those farmhouse window casings that you see in magazines? Your dream is about to come true.


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Begin by taking down any window treatments.

Using a utility knife, score or cut around the entire window frame along the wall and inside the window.

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These are the window casings that most home have. They are skinny and boring. To create thick window casings is really easy and inexpensive.

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Using a crowbar and hammer, remove the old casing. It takes a little muscle but once you have the first piece removed, the rest is easy.

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Remove all the casing around the window.

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The first step is making a window sill.

A- Score around the jam casing inside the window (the skinny piece of wood that sticks up).

B- Pry that piece of wood up with a flat head screwdriver and hammer.

C-Once the casing is removed,

D-Measure and cut a piece of 1”x3” pine board for the sill. Lay the sill on the edge of the window and mark the side casings at the top of the sill.

E-Using a chisel or flathead screwdriver, remove the little bit of wood at the bottom of the side casing.

F-Once that little bit of wood is removed, slide your window sill in place and nail. Before you nail, close the window to make sure the sill fits snuggly against the window but still allows the window to close.

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Once the sides are complete, measure and install a piece of 1”x2” pine flat along the top of the window.

On top of the 1”x2”, attach a piece of 1”x6” vertically, then another piece of 1”x2” flat.

The 1”x2” pine should stick out and not be flush with the other wood.

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Now begin to add new trim along each side of the window. You want to measure from the top of the window to the bottom of the sill.

Cut 1”x4” pine to size, level and nail in place.

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Now attach a piece of 1”x6” pine along the bottom of the window under the sill.

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Here is the new window marked with the size of pine board needed.

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Fill nail holes with wood filler.

Paint or stain the new trim. I painted mine semi-gloss white.

Once the paint is dry, chaulk around the entire window to seal it.

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The windows casings make a huge difference in the room. I love them!!

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Have a question about this project?

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  • Liz
    on Apr 22, 2018

    Have you seen pictures where they just nail wood to the existing window frame without removing any of it? In "Country Sampler" magazine, they added flat pieces of wood to all four sides of existing windows. The pieces weren't mitered. It was very easy & just required nailing, caulking and painting. Your window is beautiful!

    • Alicia W
      on Apr 24, 2018

      Hi Liz. Really? I can’t really imagine what that would look like. Removing the existing casing is really easy so don’t let that deter you from trying this project if you are thinking about it.

  • DORLIS
    on Apr 23, 2018

    Ok, looks easy but I am a 77 year old woman recovering from heart surgery. Could I just put a board on existing wood frame and add a narrow strip for support underneath? I would like a wider board so my cats would like the board at the bottom to be wider so my cats could lie on it.

    • Dfm
      on Apr 1, 2019

      check out pet supplies on amazon, house no.2 had a platform wrapped in rope that I installed fro my cats to lounge on.it had only 1 support under it, so I put an another on . The gent who bought that house also had pets, and adopted my black lab.

  • Tracey
    on Apr 26, 2018

    I don't have trim on my windows. They have finished sheet rock corners. Can I just add the boards or do I need to do something else?

    • Conni
      on Mar 11, 2019

      Just measure and nail. I did this to my windows that had only drywall and no trim at all and it really helped add depth to the room.

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  • Dl.5660408
    on Mar 11, 2019

    Timely! My windows have been replaced and need casings and sills and then you come along with this easy fix. Thanks!!!

  • Karen
    on Apr 12, 2019

    Lovely! Great job!

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