You may have noticed… and I’ve mentioned it a time or two… that I love molding. Nice thick sculpted molding just adds joy to my life and my home. A well-trimmed window is just easy on the eyes, you know? So when Jill shared at a recent link party how she installed trim on her arched windows… well, I swooned.
If you’re wanting to update the look of your home, dressing up the window and door trim is a relatively inexpensive and easy update. A fresh coat of paint works wonders on unpainted wood trim:
Or you can add extra molding for a thicker trim, like I love!
Or, if you’re happy with the trim, you can always try a new window treatment, I suppose… although that’s not near as much fun! (Check out 50 of our favorite window coverings — the first 25, and the second 25.)
And now, here’s Jill. You might remember her from her fabulous custom DIY range hood. Give her a warm welcome! She’s here to dish on how she trimmed her curved entryway windows:
How to Trim Arched Windows
by Jill from The Rozy Home
Hi everyone! It’s Jill from the Rozy Home! I, too, am a remodelaholic. For the last three years I have been working non-stop on my home. Last year I spent a large amount of time, effort and, yes, money, on my foyer. After all, the foyer is the first thing you see when you enter a home. After adding board and batten (and then converting it to picture frame moulding) I decided that I needed to do something about my poor, naked windows.
That happens a lot around the Rozy Home. I make one area beautiful and then have to fix something next to it because it stands out like a sore thumb! Because the windows were arched, I wasn’t quite sure what to do. I started by trimming the lower half of the windows.
Pretty rough, right? Needless to say, they didn’t stay like that long. I scoured the internet trying to figure out how to trim the arches when I stumbled across a local craftsman who could make the arches for me. Within a few days, I had the arches in hand and went about adding them.
This is how they stayed for a couple of months. You see, dealing with arches is/was one of the most stressful projects I have done. The curves and lining everything up drove me batty! But after converting the board and batten to picture frame moulding, I had to update the windows. I’ve already replaced the trim in most of the house and wanted to make the trim in the foyer coordinate. Since I already had flat stock trim up, I needed to get creative. One day, while walking the aisles of Lowes, I can across EverTrue trim. It is a flexible trim so I thought it would work perfectly. I picked some up and took them home. Once I got home, I tried to recreate the pattern on the trim throughout the rest of the house.
Much to my surprise, all I needed to do was liquid nail (glue) two pieces together and I was able to recreate one side of the current trim.
Here is a side-by-side of the flat stock with and without the EverTrue trim:
After gluing all the pieces, I glued them to the interior side of the flat stock trim. Next I glued a single piece to the exterior side.
For the arches, I had to nail the trim on. The angles/bending made it impossible to glue on. After a day of letting the glue dry completely, I began working on the corner of the arches. For this, I grabbed some old moulding I had in the garage and created a cornice-type piece.
Although I loved the look, the exterior side felt a little unbalanced. My solution? Head back to Lowe’s where I purchased more EverTrue, but this time I bought lattice. I glued it on the exterior edge of the trim and that did it. The trim was balanced!
Here is the final product:
As far as the cost… The EverTrue trim was around $2.50 per 10 foot piece and I used about 30 pieces (for doors at window). The lattice was $5.00 per 10 foot piece and I used 10 – 15. If memory serves, the total cost was a little over $100. Not bad for trimming out 5 windows and two doors in a room with 15 foot ceilings!
Wow, Jill — I love it! Makes my heart go pitter patter looking at your gorgeous entry and all that molding 🙂
Head on over to The Rozy Home to see more of Jill’s fabulous DIYs and her beautiful home.
Lorene has been behind the scenes here at Remodelaholic for more than a decade! She believes that planning projects and actually completing them are two different hobbies, but that doesn't stop her from planning at least a dozen projects at any given time. She spends her free time creating memories with her husband and 5 kids, traveling as far as she can afford, and partaking of books in any form available.