Window Trim

Window Trim

Welcome to the world of window trim! It’s a small house, yet somehow we managed to have 14 windows. 14 windows in 140 square feet! There’s a lot of opportunity for some casanova to toss pebbles at my window, or you know…for leaks.

Window Trim

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Meet the “Triminators” (yeah, I just made that up). Madelyn and Tim.

I can’t wait till there’s a thunderstorm so I can stick my head out the window and fulfill my life long dream of re-naming the Child Empress from NEVER ENDING STORY.  Bastian named her “Moon Child,”and everyone knows “Moon Child” is not a real name. Unless you’re a Kardashian… or on drugs.. or both. But, I digress…

For our normal rectangular windows, trimming was a breeze. Guillaume did all the difficult work on the table saw, while the “Triminators” and I measured and hung these beauties.

Our circular window was another story. For this, we had to purchase a few 2×6 boards of redwood and put our memory of 8th grade geometry to the test. So THIS is why I learned how to calculate the circumference of a circle all those years ago… my educators knew this day would come.

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Build Tips:

For a round window, you can pay beaucoup $$$ for an already built trim in a moulding shop (sizes available are limited), or you can try to make one yourself. It’s not easy but doable:

  1. Buy the widest 2x… you can get (we picked a redwood 2×6 @ 8ft).
  2. Make a cardboard stencil that’s slightly bigger than your window diameter. Make it as wide as you want your trim to be (we did 1-1/2″).
  3. Trace the pieces on your 2x… and maximize your yield (we got five pieces out of one 2×6 @ 8ft).
  4. Cut the pieces with your skillsaw.
  5. Clamp the pieces together tightly and sand them down so that they are all the same.
  6. Sand the edges so that they aren’t sharp.
  7. Overlay your pieces and mark the right length.
  8. Cut the extra and stain your pieces, if you choose to stain.
  9. Assemble your puzzle.
  10. Admire your work… or get the sander and make it look better!


If someone would’ve asked three weeks ago for my thoughts on window trim, my eyes would’ve glazed over and a mumbled “window-wha?” would’ve escaped my mouth. Now, when I walk Salies around my neighborhood, I take notice of other houses and their window trim, siding, roof choices, etc. It’s like when you buy a new car and, all of the sudden, you see it everywhere.

In my extensive research (three weeks of dog walks), I’ve noticed that window trim can come in all shapes and sizes. It can be thick, thin, plastic, wood, or non-existent. If windows are the eyes of the house, then window trims must be the eyebrows. And god knows I care about eyebrows. Eyebrows shape a face and can exaggerate even the most minute of expressions. They can be overwhelming or not present enough… just like trim.

So, in conclusion, I wanted my house to have Mila Kunis brows.


I think we did alright.





  1. Homer
    June 8, 2015 / 2:53 pm

    Hi guys! love the window trim. Doing something very similar and had a question for you. Did you attach the trim through the nail fin on the window? I don’t really like the normal 1×4 trim you see on most tiny houses and ripped some 2x4s kinda like yours. but the only way I can attach them is to screw right through the nail fin. which doesn’t seem like to big of a deal but just wanted to see if you did something different… Thanks!

    • June 9, 2015 / 8:51 am

      You are correct. We ripped redwood 2×4’s to create our trim and screwed them right through the window nailfin. I was following Tumbleweed’s how-to videos for that. It seemed to work just fine. Our windows are flashed with some pretty good gooey flashing. When the screw goes through, the flashing re-seals around the screw. We pre-drilled the holes too to make sure we didn’t hit one of the window’s nails (happened a couple times).

  2. Amy Turnbull
    April 8, 2014 / 10:07 pm

    Love the little round window!

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