You CAN Teach an Old Dog New Tricks....the Building of a Window
To some, this may look like an ordinary window. To me it's a brand new skill set that was full of challenges, colorful language, and supreme satisfaction. I've always loved to learn new things and am far happier working on a physical project than I am behind a desk, and while I thought I'd have far more help (and a template from the old windows) sometimes you just have to punt....and YouTube it.
I probably will never make a YouTube video, at least not for home improvement projects. Why? Because a bajillion of them already exist. Smart, capable people with far more patience than I have already extended these offerings to us on a silver platter~ for free. While we all know not to believe everything you see or read online, there are a plethora of videos out there explaining everything from how to cut crown molding to the best way to set a toilet. Can't find it on YouTube? Google it. Or use whatever type of online search you're comfortable with. Here's my preferred method:
1. Ask a couple of people I think may know how to do said project if they will give me their advice
2. Ask someone at the store where I'm buying supplies for project how they would go about it
3. YouTube/Google it
4. Do my own thing
Think outside the box, or put your own spin on it- I did that with these windows by adding a rope detail and cutting the top piece of trim straight instead of matching up two 45 degree angles. Sometimes the "expert" you ask may not have done that type of project for 20 years and may not know the newest technique. Sometimes the the employee at the supply store is a moron. Have some confidence in yourself...and buy a little extra in the supply department to account for mistakes (trust me on this one). Who cares if you mess up? Try again. Now I know that not everyone is going to hyper-fixate and stay up until 3am in order to figure out how in the world to best cut that piece of trim that's just not quite right. If you get frustrated, go do something else and come back to it. You can figure it out- I promise.
You'll also notice the jars of jam in the photos....something else I had never done before! Figs from my friend Shawn, local honey from my friend Bill, and a conversation about how to do it from my flooring/tile guy Dustin. Voila- there you have it.