Creative Ways to Finish Around Windows

Save money by finishing windows with drywall scraps and decorative corner bead. It is quick and easy! Plus, this technique can be customized to a client’s liking  and offers cost-savings compared to traditional aluminum or wood materials.

To begin, trim out the window with a layer of drywall. Be sure to install drywall with the required setback for the corner bead that will be installed (see Figure A).

Once the beads are cut to length, spray the drywall and the underside of the corner bead's mud legs with 847 Spray Adhesive. Firmly press the bead into place and secure by stapling every 6-8 inches. The job is almost done - the next step is to finish the detail with drywall compound and sand smooth. Finish with a high-quality paint.

CUSTOMIZE THE JOB

To add a level of customization, a variety of Trim-Tex decorative corner beads can be used to trim around windows.

Step A Bull is a popular choice to finish around window trim, but there is no need to stop there. Chamfer BeadBullnoseNiche Bead and assorted styles of Decorative L Bead can be mixed and matched to create a truly custom finish.

This detail uses Step A Bull L Bead to finish the outside edge of the trim, 350 Step A Bullfinishes the 90-degree outside corner and Tear Away L Bead finishes the drywall return where the edge butts up to the window.  

GET THE SAME LOOK AS CUSTOM FRAMING, WITHOUT THE HIGH PRICE TAG. USE NICHE BEAD AND DECORATIVE L BEAD STYLE 681 TO GET THIS LOOK.

Perhaps what your project needs isn't to add wow factor, but just to get the job completed faster while also saving on material costs. Introducing the L bead that can do exactly that, Oversized L Bead, also available in Super and Giant sizes with archway capabilities. Slip the Oversized L Bead over the window return and mud into place. The surface of the Oversized L Bead is ready to be primed and painted.

Finishing around windows with drywall and corner bead saves time and money since these products cost less than traditional wood and aluminum materials. The customization possibilities are endless and high-end finishes can be created at an affordable price. Give it a try!