the fogue abode: DIY Chunky Farmhouse Trim

Thursday, February 15, 2018

DIY Chunky Farmhouse Trim

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Hey Friends!

I've been really excited for this week!  Just so much to share with you guys.  If you follow along on Insta, things are about to get really crazy.  I've joined a class called Décor Newbies Unite to help me wade the waters of IG Home Décor and things officially kick off today.  I'm so excited for growth and friendships in this world.  The second thing that has me so excited, you guys, is sharing our finished chunky farmhouse trim (aka Craftsman trim.)  Eeeek!  I shared earlier this week the reveal photo, so now I wanted to walk you through exactly how we recreated this look with our standard windows.


Before we began, our windows looked like this, bluh!  We have what you call a standard trim, meaning that there was only a window seal and footer piece...Um, let me stop right there and say forgive me if I don't use the correct terminology.  I don't claim to be an expert contractor, just a DIYer sharing my experience....I have finally come to the conclusion that I could handle DIYing some craftman trim to give it that chunky farmhouse trim look.  Seemed pretty simple, just a few straight cuts and a few nails, a good coat of paint and call it a day.  Basically.

I started by ripping out the old trim.  I had to take a box cutter to cut a seam in the calk.  Then it just took a pry bar and a little elbow grease to pop it out.  Once it was out,  I measured for my cuts, made a drawing of the window frame work and made a list of cuts.  My husband doubted my skills here, but within 10 minutes, I had all my cuts made.  I quickly sanded the ends and went ahead and primed all the pieces.

The seal was the only tricky part.  I wanted the flat seal to stick out an inch on each side, so I made my cut 10 inches longer than my window frame, accounting for the 1x4's that would flank either side of the window.  Once I had it cut, I held the board up to the window, measured five inches down and three inches deep, marking a square on either end of the board.  This is where my 1x2's come into play.  The window frame was roughly five inches deep, I knew I wanted one inch overhang plus the 1x4 footer would mean I needed two inches from the end of the drywall.  The next part was the super technical DIYer approved part, see the divider in between the two windows?  I put my board up against the wall, holding my marks up to the window edge and marked off where the center wall was.  No extra measuring needed...I wouldn't always suggest that.  Chris used the jigsaw to cut out the three notches.  He was afraid I would harm myself, pewf.

Then, I held my breath as we put the board up to the window, and by some miracle it fit!  We did go back and trim just a sliver off the ends to make it flush against the window.

Seriously guys, that was the hardest part.  I used liquid nail to glue the seal and the extra 1x2's together and then glued them down to the window frame.  After that, it was simply nailing the rest of the trim up with the brad gun. 

I InstaStoried the whole project so you could walk through it with us.  It is saved under my Instagram Highlights.

A little bit about the measurements, for the footer/seal pieces, I measured five inches on either side past the window frame.  This accounts for the 1x4's that will trim out the side plus give that one inch overhang.  I measured both seal and footer to the same length, although I also like when the footer piece is the same width as the side pieces.

The header is made up of a 1x2 turned down and a 1x6 laid flat.  Both pieces are the same width as the seal with that one inch overhang.  Then building up, I used a 1x2 with an extra one inch overhang on either side and a 1x3 with another extra one inch overhang on either side.  Some will just use a 1x2 here, but I wanted the extra layer for the added drama.  It really paid off.

I pre-assembled the header with the top three pieces while we were in the shop.  To give the three side pieces some stability I nailed the first 1x2 into the top of those.  Then we used wood screws to secure the rest of the header into the studs for support.  Other than that, we just used the nail gun.

I went through and filled each hole with spackle and used acrylic calk to fill the seams.  Once that dried I went over those spots with a light coat of primer and used four coats of Sherwin Williams Alabaster white to give it a nice white finish.

What about the inside of the window frame you ask?  I cheated and just painted over the drywall that was already there.  Unless you are up close, you can't even tell. It was much easier than ripping out the drywall to frame it out .

I'm completely smitten with the end result.  It really adds a crisp pop to this entire room.  There's nothing I love more than a nice white crisp trim.  This chunky farmhouse window really gives a warm and cozy vibe to the whole area and it was super inexpensive.  We already owned all the tools, we just had to purchase a few pieces of wood.  I'll breakdown what all you will need below  What do you guys think about our new chunky farmhouse trim?  It's quiet the transformation.

One last before and after for the road...


(these are the tools we own and recommend)


Navy Arm Chair - Lamps Plus
Pink Fluffy Pillow - Amazon
Bamboo Vase - Amazon and I chalk painted it


  1. I love the way it came out, it's crazy what a difference simply trim can make! The two windows really look like one cohesive element now.

    1. Thank you! It is crazy how different it looks. These windows were pretty blah, and now it's such a dramatic focal point.

  2. It's remarkable the difference trim can make! The windows really make a statement now, great job. I love the way you've styled the corner!

  3. Like the chunky trim. Found you on Inspire Me Monday Link Party

  4. Love how this turned out. Looks so classic.

    1. Thank you! I love adding timeless elements to our home.