In November I added moulding and paint to my piano room.
One of the things I did in this room was added moulding around the windows.
It’s easy enough to add moulding around windows, but I had a unique situation that caused quite a bit of drama for me.
All the corners in our house have rounded edges.
If you look at the wall leaving the piano room and entering the foyer, you can see another rounded corner.
As you can see, when the moulding was hung it left a gaping gap between the moulding and the wall.
I knew before I hung the moulding that this would be an issue for me. I actually had been contemplating how to deal with this issue from the day we put an offer on the house.
Eventually I’d love to have moulding around all the windows in the enter house, and these rounded edges really proposed a big problem for me. After much thought and stewing over this issue, I finally decided that the most cost effective solution would be to fill the gap as opposed to covering it with something. At first I was considering framing out the inside of each sill with a thin piece of wood, but that will get pricey and is a lot of work.
Here’s what I came up with, and I think it solved the problem beautifully.
If you’ve never worked with this stuff, you are seriously missing out! I love using joint compound.
It has a consistency of whipped frosting and goes on as smooth as butteh’. It dries quickly and is easy to sand. You can paint it. It’s also easy to wash off your hands and tools.
I simply filled the gap around the entire window with the joint compound. I used a putty knife to apply it.
Just blob it into the space and then smooth it out with the putty knife. Make sure to wipe away any excess that gets on your moulding.
Once it was dry I gave it a nice light sanding with a sanding block.
Joint compound will crack if you put it on too thick, and since the space I was filling was rather deep the joint compound did crack in several areas, which I anticipated.
All I did was add a 2nd coat of joint compound and then sand again when it was dry.
It’s not even painted yet and it’s already so much better looking.
When the joint compound was dry and done being sanded I painted over it with the same high-gloss white paint I used on the moulding.
You can see both windows from this picture. You can’t even tell I ever had an issue with the rounded corners!
Pretty impressive, right? This is why I love joint compound. And the entire container was only around $7. I’ve got plenty more leftover to tackle several more windows.
Here’s the room in it’s current state.
Obviously it needs a lot more work (decorating). It’s coming along though. Next thing I need to do is fix the 2nd set of blinds so I can rehang them.
Joint compound is great for lots of different uses. Filling huge gaps in walls is just another one of it’s many talents. I could have used Spackling, but Spackling is thicker and doesn’t spread as easily and fluid as joint compound. Spackling is great for small projects like filling nail holes in walls, but if you have a big project, use joint compound instead.