DIY – Window Trim Update – Pt.1

Our home has a lot of things to love about it, especially the memories of our little family growing up within its walls. Over 30 years Captain & I have replaced and updated, at least one time, many builder-grade parts of our 1980’s lake cottage. One of the best updates we did in recent years, was to replace the old bronze-edged bay windows in the dining room. It was an update that made a big difference.


Since there is a big sliding window door, providing ventilation, right next to the bay window, we chose solid glass, non-opening, retro fitted windows for the bay to eliminate the old distracting lines. After Captain installed the windows, we added a thicker wood trim around the the old narrow trim of the bay windows and carried that technique to the big slider door. The new wider wood trim gives more architectural detail to the exterior.

Now it is time to go indoors to start beefing-up the inside window & door trims!

Below are some gathered Inspiration pictures that helped me decide on the look I was going for:

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Source: Before-After window trim.

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I decided on a non-crown molding cap; for simplicity I will use straight wood as shown above. This simple style is Craftsman not Cape Cod/Cottage. I am leaning into this DIY by concentrating on only ONE room – the kitchen eating nook. It has only two windows and two adjacent doors. That should be simple & affordable. Below is a Before photo of the room I am updating. 


Well, gotta get goin’, I have cut the wood strips already and now need to paint them. I invite you to check MML next week for a reveal hopefully and my process.

Thanks for stopping by!

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