Replacing a Window…

An Easy DIY Home Improvement Tutorial

Hey there! Some time ago, I wrote an article for The Design Confidential about replacing windows. Guess what? I just upgraded my kids’ bedrooms with brand new windows! It wasn’t an easy task, as things didn’t go smoothly from the beginning. However, I kept my eyes on the prize and thought about how much better these new windows would be compared to the old ones that were like magnets for heat. It was a tough job, and I even got a little injured – my finger got smashed and lost a bit of skin – but I did it! Well, for now at least!

Replacing a window

So rather than go into a step-by-step tutorial (see the article above for that!), I’ll just share our progress from craptacular  aluminum to vinyl beauty!

I know the pics are hard to see… It was so hard to get one when it is broad daylight, the room is small, blah, blah, etc.

Here it is before…

Replacing a window before

Replacing a window before outside

Ok, I’ll describe it… I live in a home that had two windows in each opening – an inner window and an outer window. It was a total pain to put Christmas lights in the windows, believe me! Anyway, the latches never worked (trust me, it doesn’t feel good when the window slams down on your arms!) so we used pieces of trim to hold them up!

They had aluminum frames and definitely attracted all of the heat from outside! So after a couple of hours of sweat (and a few un-ladylike words), we finally got the aluminum monsters out!

Replacing a window opening after window cut out

Gosh, we have a great time jumping through the openings! Hard to believe we’re adults, huh?

Anyway, we inserted the window, shimmed it (also frustrating because the opening wasn’t square), put up the trim on the inside, and used expanding foam on the outside. (Alert – another hard to see picture!)

Replacing a window new inside

So, of course, I spent the next day putting up PVC trim on the outside – because it would be my luck that it would rain – and priming/painting the trim. I waited until dark to take a picture of my handy work…

Replacing a window new inside with trim  Replacing a window new outside with trim

Wahoo! Short of touching up some paint and replacing trim pieces over the window, we’re done with this one! On to the next one… Have questions about replacing a window? Leave a comment below!

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