Wednesday, January 11, 2012

DIY Transom Window

Transom Windows are awesome!

This year for my birthday, I told Matt that I wanted a master-suite makeover. I had a long list of things. A transom window was one of those things. Basically, a transom window is a window above a door. In the old days, they had them to let air in. In my case it is strictly decorative...

Before this project, our bedroom and bathroom felt like one big room. I wanted to divide the space, and add some architectural detail. In our house, we have 9ft ceilings, so it made this project easy to do without feeling like we lost a lot of space or brought the ceiling height down.

(2) 2x4x10's
(1) 2x4
MDF Trim
Glass for the window
hole patch
painters tape

Now on to the tutorial:

Step 1: screw 2x4's to create a frame.
Step 2: Screw in a 2x4 crosspeice.
Step 3-6: Nail trim to the 2x4s. We wanted the trim on this project to match the trim we already have around our other interior doors.

Make sure to leave the back trim off, so you can slide the glass in...
Step 7:Paint the raw edges, if you don't, you will see the rawness through the glass. Paint the trim sides as well. Step 8: Slide the glass in, then nail the trim around it on the back side. We ordered our glass from a local place. For a 1/4" thick- 13"X45" piece they charged us $30. Not too shabby. When trimming around the window on front and back, make sure you take into account the glass thickness.There she is in all her glory!! More of her glory!!
The front view of all her glory!!Step 9: Patch the holes, and sand once it's dry.Step 10: Caulk it, Caulk it good.Step 11: Tape, tape, tape. And paint, paint, paint.

Ta-Dah! You should have something like this...

Oh so pretty!
I love to stand back and stare. I even stare at it in bed. It turned out just how I imagined it.

I think in all we spent $70.00. Pretty cheap for what we got!


Remodelaholic said...

Really fun project! Good Job, it looks great!

Megan Gunyan said...

That looks awesome! I love that, what a great idea.

Comeca Jones said...

Looks great you are so lucky to have a hubs that help you accomplish all your goals for your home!

Janell said...

Great job!

Thanks for the tutorial. Now you've opened up all sorts of new possibilities for places for me to imagine creating stained glass windows :)

Megan Gunyan said...

This was so fun, I had to feature it!

Roeshel said...

So cool! I love it, Jessica! Great job!