Guys!!!! I cannot believe this pretty window is in my bathroom! It’s the first window moulding I’ve ever played with, so I’m pretty pumped!
But there’s a secret to making this one EASY…
NO miter cuts!
NO fancy boards to buy!
Only standard schmandard straight cut wood anyone can get and do with any saw.
I grew up in an old, rambling farmhouse with massive old window moldings. And I’ve missed them ever since.
I searched online how to do this, but came up with complicated tutorials with miter cuts and fancy board pieces. I wanted the easy button. And then I came across Early Modern Mouldings, by Gordon Bock at Old House Journal.
All straight, boxy cuts. Perfection! So this is my twist of it.
How to make a farmhouse window with moulding
standard solid pine boards in sizes as above
nail gun (mine is a Craftsman 16 gauge)
nails for nail gun (I used 1 ¾”)
workmate or something to clamp wood down when hand sawing
pry bar if you have to remove existing moulding
Note: prep the wood really well. I didn’t do enough sanding on mine so the mouldings don’t look ‘brand new’ in some areas. It’s kinda cool that way, but just a heads up you need to work this wood well for a brand new look.
1. Create a window sill (or stool) / one 1×2 and one 1×6
What’s up with these new windows having no decent window sills? Well, I wanted one. So after removing all the outside window moulding, I left everything inside the wall intact and worked over top. Did I mention I cheat where I can?
I determined how wide (left to right) to make the window sill by measuring the two side casings in place. The sill was made slightly longer.
Depth (front to back) was determined by how much I wanted the sill to stick out in front of each side casing.
Since I didn’t have a board that was deep enough, I doubled up.
This sounds complicated but it’s really not. It was just like building with blocks.
The 1×2 is in the back and the 1 x 6 is in the front.
2. Side casing / two 1 x 4s
The 1 x 4s were cut to fit from the top of the window opening to sitting on the window sill.
Adding the small 1 x 2 to the window sill pushed the sill out beyond the side casings.
I wanted a beefy header without all the fancy miter cuts. So I layered square boards in place instead.
The header was nailed together before installing on the wall.
And just to show you what a true newbie I am with all this, I didn’t photoshop out the nail on the left. No worries, it didn’t show once installed.
The 1×6 also slightly warped on me, but you couldn’t tell once it was up. And I refused to do it again.
4. Apron / one 1×4
Cut the apron to match the width (left to right) of the two casings in place.
The mullions (white bars on glass) are pieces of white sign grade vinyl cut to size and stuck into place. This makes cleaning a breeze and opening/closing the window effortless.
I LOVE my new farmhouse window and you can bet now I wish every window looked like this! But I’ll save that for another day after I’ve had some time to recover from this one.
Think you might try one window?