I have wanted these windows on my house FOREVER! I finally got them for a fraction of buying a whole new window! This project cost me under $20!
This isn't the original window, but I didn't take a "before" picture, and this window is almost exactly like the one I redid. (Note the cute cottage shutters? How-To soon!)-----
Faux Window Muntins (or Grilles)
It used to be more economical to use smaller panes of glass in the old days. It was cheaper to manufacture and replace.
-1/2"x 3/4" trim
1. Measure across your window and divide by 2. This is where you will make your mark on the top and bottom of the existing window frame.
2. Cut a piece of trim to the height of your window. Be precise!!
3. Follow the directions on the back of the bottle of Gorilla glue to prep the surfaces.
4. Glue the trim to your window, using a level to make sure everything's straight. You will need to tape the trim in place for 1-2 hours.
5. Take the height of the window and divide that # by 3. This measurement will be your new markings down the sides of the existing window's frame. (This way it cuts the window into 3rds)
6. Measure from the window frame to the first verticle trim for your measurements on the crossbars.
7. Repeat step 4.
8. Mask off the window and stain your trim, follow with a coat of polyurathane so that you're not replacing this trim years down the road. The hard coat will help a ton! (Or you can stain the wood before you glue, your choice!!)
9. Repeat this whole process on the inside of the window!
***You can also use automovite tape, but it's $10 for an 8' strip, and that's WAY out of my budget!
Here's a picture of the front of my house after the window was done. Doesn't seem like a big difference, but with the change to the outside AND my dining room, it really adds a lot of punch!
I will be continuing this project on my back window (the one pictured above), and my patio doors. I've always wanted french doors, and now I can have them!!