In the process of removing the wallpaper in the living and dining rooms at “The Little Brick Cottage”, I also removed the very ugly, dusty and dated window treatments. Excited to get them down to let in the light and behold the beautiful tall antique windows, I was quickly dismayed at the sight. It wasn’t the condition of the windows that was so frustrating, I already knew they were in horrible condition and we’re planning on replacing them, it was way worse.
Let me show you, this is what the ones in the living room looked like:
And without the draperies and hideous box valance this is what we found:
Do you see that? Yeah, neither do I. Can you believe it? When they installed the window treatments, they actually removed the entire top piece of beautiful old trim!
The original trim is huge, wide, deeply grooved, beautiful trim, and they just took it off and threw it away to ‘update’ the style to the 1970’s. So sad.
I have to admit, I was not expecting that, and it took me a minute or two to ‘re-group’. After so many ‘sweet’ surprises like the oak plank floor in the kitchen, and the original beadboard wainscoting in the dining room, I was totally taken back by this.
The cost to have new trim cut that would match this trim would be outrageous. But now I have a plan for how to fix the window trim. Hopefully my plan on finishing it will look good and be budget friendly.
Be sure to check back on a later post for the finished product to see what you think of my ‘plan’ for the trim.
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