My goal, someday, is to have casing around ALL of the windows in the house. I’m starting with the lower floor. And more specifically, in terms of this blog, I’m starting with the dining room. Mostly because the camera was closest to the dining room. That’s how this blog works: on laziness.
But let’s back up for one quick sec. My doors have trim (aka “casing”). My windows and some of the interior door frames don’t. While this may not bother
most some people, it bothers me. It’s like my house played with a chemistry set and blew its eyebrows off. It’s odd-looking. Not odd enough that you notice right away… but something is definitely off.
From seeing pictures of others doing this, I already know that adding trim to windows has a pretty big payoff without spending a lot of dough. For example (from Pretty Handy Girl):
See how light and bright that looks? So much better. So, last night, I spent a little while looking around my sad, unpainted dining room and realized that with the chair rail in place, I wouldn’t be able to properly fit trim around the large window. Simple problem, simple fix: I marked off the area that would fit the new trim (which is very simple trim; for the neighborhood I live in, nothing needs to be too fancy for this house, and the type I bought matches the existing trim around the doorways).
Then, I used an oscillating tool to separate the piece I don’t need from the rest of the existing molding (which prevents me from having to take down, cut, and put the chair rail back up).
Then, it was a few blows of a hammer and a small pry bar to get the piece off the wall.
And the new window casing will fit quite nicely.
I haven’t yet nailed the new pieces up since the rest of the drywall still needs to be sanded a little (and I’m waiting on a new helper tool to arrive in the mail before I can finish it off). But prepping all of these pieces ahead of time will make the entire room come together that much quicker. P.S. Those blinds are the very last in this house original to the day I moved in. They will be trashed soon (yuck!).
I’m told that adding trim around things can be very addicting. Luckily, I have about a billion bare windows in this house, so it will be a while before anyone needs to host an intervention. Onward!