DIY Craftsman Trim with Window Plant Shelf- This plant shelf is a great way to add greenery to any room and can be made with minimal cost and effort. Instructions for both replacing the window trim and adding a shelf to existing trim.
A DIY window plant shelf is a type of shelving unit that is specifically designed to be mounted on a window. It is typically made of wood or metal and can be customized to fit any window size. The shelves can hold a variety of plants, such as herbs, succulents, or flowers, and allow them to receive natural sunlight while also providing them with a stable and secure place to grow.
This DIY window plant shelfs can be built to fit any size window. It’s a great way to add greenery to any room and can be made with minimal cost and effort.
I have included instructions for both replacing the window trim and adding a shelf to existing trim.
What is Craftsman style?
Craftsman trim refers to architectural detailing that is characterized by clean, simple lines and a focus on functionality. It is often associated with the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, which emphasized hand-crafted, natural materials and traditional techniques.
Common elements of craftsman trim include exposed rafter tails, tapered porch columns, and overhanging eaves. It is known for its simplicity, durability and natural look.
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DIY Craftsman Trim with Window Plant Shelf
I decided to rip out the builder-grade window trim in the bathroom and replace it with Craftsman style trim. The old trim was picture frame molding. It wasn’t anything special and it had begun to crack around the seams. Rather than repair it, I decided to upgrade!
This project was easy- especially since you don’t have to miter the corners. Since my house has a beachy vibe, I wanted to incorporate some natural, weathered wood. I loved the look of the knots, but if you plan on painting your trim white, be sure to use wood that’s clear of knots.
Can you still open the window with this plant shelf?
The window still opens and closes but you will have to remove the plants before doing so. put these DIY window plant shelves on windows I rarely open.
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1 x 2s (2 for the top of the window, 1 for the bottom)
1 x 4s (for the sides)
1 x 6 (for the top of the window)
1 x 3 (1 for the shelf and 1 for the support) [note- if you are only making the shelf and not replacing the trim, all you will need is 2, 1 x 3s]
Circular, Table or Miter saw
[If you are only making the plant shelf and not replacing the trim, skip to step 3]
Step 1: Remove the old trim using a pry bar. Pull out all the old nails that are sticking out.
Step 2: Cut the wood to size. Starting at the sides of the window, nail on the trim. The 1 x 4s go on the sides and the top.
At the top of the trim is the 1 x 6 sandwiched between 2, 1 x 2s. The 1 x 6 and the 1 x 2s are cut 3 inches longer than the window frame. There will be 1 1/2 inches of overhang on either side.
Step 3: Cut the 1 x 3 to the width of the window.
Step 4: Nail the 1 x 3 board 3/4 inch down from the middle of the window. The plant shelf will sit flush with the middle part of the window.
Step 5: Measure the 1 x3 shelf so it sits inside the window frame. Cut to size. Nail the shelf onto the 1 x 3 support board.
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