Let’s talk trim. Baseboards! Windows! Room transitions and plinths and headers! It’s no secret that trim work is my least favorite task around this house, but Scott actually claims to enjoy it (wha?), and so we motor through the job – together. He pulls up the old, I paint the new, he cuts, he nails, I spackle, I caulk. (At this point, I could caulk a whole house together with my eyes closed; not an exposed seam in sight!)
Over the last few weeks, we’ve been in (constant!) trim mode around the bed, bath and laundry rooms, but our largest task to date? Those bedroom windows! Man, do we love them, and to show our appreciation, we trimmed those guys for days and days and days. (Okay, 3 days all said and done.)
Together, they’re over 10′ wide, and I insisted on three totally separate windowpanes so we could mimic the look of super hunky, super handsome trim. We’re so happy we chose three over one, and it was worth every hour of wood chopping, spackling, sanding and caulking. We’re sharing the entire DIY – from the first step you never skip to how we build them up – on the Bali Blinds blog today. We encourage you to check it out!
Kim, this looks amazing! I have recently found your blog after purchasing a fixer upper myself, looking forward to looking back over your posts for help on various projects.
Keep it up!
Thank you, Malissa! So happy you found us.
OMG, that looks glorious! None of my 70’s windows are trimmed out at all, and I am a huge fan of chunky molding, so I need this DIY in my life!
I love the way this looks! Our condo was built in the late 60s. Do you have any tips on how to do interiors research so anything we add will be era-appropriate?
Hi Staci! Can I be honest with you? Scott and I don’t worry too much about period correct over here – we’re just sort of feeling it out as we move along, but since owning this home, we have found ourselves drawn towards items that have even surprised us! Our trim is definitely more ornate than we would have gravitated towards in, say, our former condo. That’s not to say it’s true for everything (we obviously have a MCM hutch in the kitchen!), but we’re sort of figuring things out as we go!
Magazines are a great resource, as well as advertising from the era that you are looking to restore in your home. You can find old magazines on eBay, and sometimes just looking at the listing photos for ads is enough ( you don’t have to buy). Watch movies on Netflix or find videos on YouTube from your era. There are a lot of commercial films online that give you an idea if what homes were like.
You can also find “handyman” books that will give you an idea is how things were built and what materials were used. A big difference between your home looking period appropriate and looking 2000 does 1960 is to avoid using contemporary building materials that are supposed to copy a look but are built using different methods. Windows with faux divided lights being the chief offenders.
Of course the most important thing is that you like how your home looks and operates. You might make some modern choices because it works better for your life. We don’t have a period stove top in our kitchen (although I sometimes fantasize about it).
One shortcut I like to use is great TV/film set in the era. For you, Mad Men might be a great resource! That show was very heavily researched and includes lots of different styles that were true to the era—from mod to colonial revival to chinoiserie to atomic 50s/60s kitsch, etc. Saves a little heavy-lifting from trying to dig up primary source material, and a little more entertaining!
YOU GUYS! Thank you. :)
I love the deeper window sills! It’s amazing how trim can pull everything together – it’s like the pretty frosted roses on a birthday cake – everything just feels more special with it!
Would you mind sharing what kind of windows you went with? Are those vinyl double hungs? Are they big enough for egress? Doing some renos and trying to figure out how to choose windows, something I never thought would be so complicated…
PS It is ALL looking so great.
Thanks, Jen! Yes, they are double hung vinyl windows from ClimateGuard. When speaking with Jen (the one who helped us with layout, etc) and while walking through with contractors, we discussed the size and how wide they open, and yup, they are big enough for egress.
Windows ARE complicated! We took into account wanting a screen for the summer months, size vs. the size of the room vs. egress vs. what looked good, and then of course, cost. While we don’t love that the white vinyl cuts across the middle of each one, it was the most practical choice for us!