Learn how to make window grids on your existing windows with this simple DIY tutorial. I’m teaching you how to install a window grid in just 4 easy steps!
When we went to install the windows in our she-shed home office, we chose to buy them all on Craigslist to save money. Doing this, led us to have one window with grids and two without. I love the look of windows with grids, so of course I took it upon myself to figure out how to make window grids and add DIY grids to the rest of them so they all match. 🙂
This isn’t the first time I’ve used this method either – I used the same steps as in this tutorial to add window grids to the shower doors in my master bathroom shown below.
With this tutorial, I’m going to teach you how to make window grids and add them to your existing windows (or shower doors) to easily up the style in your home! Enjoy, my friends.
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HOW TO INSTALL
A WINDOW GRID
Materials/Supplies/Tools Needed to Install a Window Grid:
- White Electrical Tape
- Super Glue
- Paper Towels
- Window Cleaner
- Painter’s Tape
- Measuring Tape
Directions to Install Window Grids:
First, you’ll want to note that because there isn’t enough room on the inner sides of vinyl window panes for the added grid trim to slide back and forth, we’re going to install the thicker trim on the outer sides of the panes and white electrical tape on the inner sides.
STEP 1: CLEAN THE WINDOW
It’s critical that you clean your window really well before installing the trim so that the glue can strongly adhere. I used window cleaner and a paper towel.
STEP 2: INSTALL THE VERTICAL PIECES
Measure the width of the outer pane of your window and decide how many vertical pieces of trim you want to install. For mine, I wanted to mimic the window panes on the door next to my window, so I only needed one vertical piece.
Next, measure the height of the window and cut a piece of vinyl trim to that dimension.
Use a pencil to mark where your trim needs to be installed on both the top and bottom of both outer sides of the window.
Apply super glue to the back of your trim in a zig-zag pattern and then glue it onto the window and tape it in place with your painter’s tape.
Try not to get too much glue, as you don’t want it to seep out from under the trim once you press it to the window. If it does seep out, just use a paper towel to wipe it away while it’s still wet.
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STEP 3: INSTALL THE HORIZONTAL PIECES
Next, decide how many horizontal trim pieces you want to install and follow the same process as above. Measure, mark, cut and glue onto the window.
**TIP: Tear off and set your blue tape pieces to the side of the window before you start gluing so you don’t have to let go of the trim once it’s on the glass.
After you’re finished with one side, do the same thing on the interior “outer” pane.
Here’s how mine looked after both sides of the window had the trim installed:
STEP 4: TAPE GRIDS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDES
The last step is to tape over the back side of the trim with your white electrical tape. For the most part, this hides the backside of the trim and the super glue. My window panes are about 1.5″ apart, so when you stand at an angle sometimes you can see between them, but in general it looks great.
I simply cut a straight edge on the tape and then stretched and stuck it in line with the trim on the other side of the window.
Do the tape on both sides, and you’re done! You’ve now mastered the art of how to make window grids. 😉
Here’s how ours turned out on the front of the shed:
Isn’t it amazing what a tiny bit of trim can do to the style of a window?! I LOVE the look of window grids, and it’s fun being able to take a thrifted window and make it match another one that came with a grid pattern. 🙂
I hope you have fun with this one and let me know if you have any questions!