I finally finished the paint and stuff on the windows and associated trim, and it was time, so I finally got them installed this weekend. The biggest downside to painting is the waiting for it to dry. A secondary lesson I’ve learned is that there really is no substitute for good quality brushes.
I built a little decoration thing that I’m going to sand down and paint and put above the center of this window as well, to tie it all together better. I also have something else in store for this little window, more about that later… heh heh. For now, I’m calling it the ‘unibrow window’.
I also cut and installed the door trim. I had been thinking a geometric trim design might contrast wonderfully with the arched top, so I tested it out and it works, it looks great! So I went with it and finished up the door trim and painted it all.
Here it is with the door shut in the unforgiving morning light:
I attached the trim using gold screws, none of that special high-price trim screws for me, no thanks. Then I put a dab of caulking on top of the screws and painted over them after the caulking dried. Looks good enough for me, and I can then easily remove the caulking later and unscrew the trim should I need to in the future.
The trim on the windows is glued to the window frames, for strength, and because the trim is narrow enough that attaching the trim to the walls directly just made no sense. This way, the seal between the window frame and the trim is solid/good, and there’s no distracting screw divots and such. Another advantage is that I could just slide in the window entirely and it’s perfectly fit, and at the correct depth – no guesstimation.
For sealing the trim edges I chose to use DAP 3.0 crystal clear. I really dig this stuff so far, and we’ll see how it holds up over time.
Next up, I’m gonna start on the big windows. Now that I have a table saw, I can cut the windows easily. I’m thinking 1×2 furring strips with those fancy mitered joints I discussed previously, and rabbeted on the insides for the window panes.
So, and exciting weekend full of much success and visible progress.
Here’s a picture of an interesting beetle: