You won’t believe how simple these DIY faux French window panes are! My only regret is not doing this project sooner!
As promised, today I’m sharing the step by step process behind our DIY faux French window panes in our kitchen! Last week I shared some details about our AirStone Accent Wall and how we finally refinished the window trim on the stone. I just love the way this project turned out, it’s honestly one of the easiest DIY’s we’ve tackled!
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Before we begin, let’s look at the window on our stone accent wall before:
As you can see, the stone is flush with the trim that was added when our kitchen was renovated by the previous owner. In order to make the stone wall feel more authentic, I really wanted the window trim and baseboard to sit on top of the stone instead.
For the outside of the window, we essentially followed the same steps that I shared in our cased opening tutorial, except we added a ledge using a 1×4 as well as 1×3’s on the inset of the window design.
I wanted the faux window panes to match the actual window itself, so we decided to paint those white. Here’s what you’ll need for this project:
DIY Faux French Window Panes – Supplies
Screen trim – we purchased 2, 6 ft pieces and it was more than enough for both of our kitchen windows. For reference, here are our window sizes:
- Stone accent wall window – 21”W x 40” H
- Kitchen sink window – 22” W x 28” H
DIY Faux French Window Panes – Step 1
Find and mark the center of the top, bottom and sides your window pane with a pencil.
Next, measure the height of the pane for your first cut.
Using your chop saw, cut the trim to match your first measurement and tape it in place (or have someone hold it for you).
Now that your vertical piece is cut and fitted, measure and cut your horizontal pieces. You may need to tape or have someone hold your pieces in place to see if they fit correctly. Mike’s fit perfectly – no tape needed!
Paint or stain your trim pieces. We decided to paint ours using white spray paint. We gave each side of the trim 2 coats of paint, that way the trim looked white from the outside of the house as well.
Once your paint is dry, it’s time to attach your trim pieces. Give your window a good cleaning.
Apply dots of clear Kwik Seal to the back of your pieces and line them up to your center markings on the window. Use painter’s tape to keep the trim in place while the Kwik Seal dries.
Note – You can slightly see the clear Kwik Seal from outside. Since the windows in our kitchen are high and no one can really see them from ground level, this didn’t bother me. But if you are wanting something less noticeable from the outside, you could use something like clear mounting tape to apply the trim.
Allow the Kwik Seal to dry overnight. The next morning remove the tape and fill in any gaps using Lightweight Spackling. You can touch up the paint once the spackling is dry.
That’s it! How easy is that? Now we have beautiful windows with so much more character!
Thanks so much for stopping by today, friends! Be sure you head over to Sarah’s blog over at Lemon and Bloom to read about her fun dot art DIY!