Window and Door Trim

As we move from room to room in our house, we have been replacing the old oak baseboards with the white baseboards that I have posted about before but we have also been adding more white trim pieces to the windows and doors. We first did it to the large window in our front living room and I loved it, so we are doing it to all of the other windows, as well as doors.

Window and Door Trim

The most time consuming part of this is painting. The actual installation goes pretty quick, but all of the painting, nail-hole-filling, and touchups take 90% of the time. Each window needs 7 different pieces of wood and the doors need 5. The sides perpendicular to the floor are select pine boards that are 1″x4″s that we cut to to the correct length. 3 different pieces go along the top, parallel to the floor:

  • 1 1″x 6″
  • 1 2″x 2″
  • 1 1″x 1″

We also added one 1″ x 2″ for the ledge and one 1″ x 4″ underneath on the bottom of the windows, parallel to the floor.

The Home Depot and Menards by our house are almost always sold out of the 1″ x 4″s! So the last time Jack stopped in there on a random weekday, they actually had some in stock so he bought every one of them minus the 2 boards that weren’t straight. So stock up when you can! Or else we will probably take them all! In the entryway off of our garage alone we needed 16!

We usually paint a bunch of pieces at one time to be more efficient since we do 1 coat of primer, then we sand all of the sides down, and then we do 2 coats of Sherwin Williams ProClassic in “Origami White.” We have to paint slowly because the Sherwin Williams paint drips a lot so when we paint all sides of the wood, it can sometimes drip on the opposite side.

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After removing the old oak trim and the boards are all painted, we would then prime and paint the window frame.  You can kind of see what the old window looked like in this “before” picture:

Window and Door Trim

The window frame was stained a golden oak color with a polyurethane clear finish. Polyurethane and latex paints don’t like each other. If you were to use water based primer and then a latex paint, the paint would yellow quickly. We had to use an oil based primer and then the 2 coats of white latex paint.

Window and Door Trim

Window and Door Trim

After the frame is painted, the first pieces to install are a 1″ x 1″  ledge, with a 7/8 inch overhang on both sides and the two 1″ x 4″  pieces on the sides of the window. You can just nail them into the wall using a nailgun.

Window and Door Trim

Then, place the 1″ x 6″ directly on top of the window or door, staying the same width as the window or door frame.

Window and Door Trim

The thicker 2″ x 2″ goes on top next, leaving about a 2 inch overhang on either side.

Window and Door Trim

Lastly, the 1″ x 1″ is nailed in on top of the other 2 pieces with about a 3/4 inch overhang on either side.

Window and Door Trim

The door trim is easier to do because you don’t have the two bottom pieces to add and end up looking like this:

Window and Door Trim

The white trim gives everything an updated feel and the thicker trim around the top adds some interest. We have gotten through all of the doors and windows on our main level and have about half of them done in the basement. Slowly but surely we will make it all around the house! My obsession with white trim and gray walls is real if you haven’t been able to tell from my pictures. Every.single.room. But why stray from something you like, right? 🙂

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