At the risk of seeming a little cheap, white trash or just plain tacky I’m going to share this project with you. This was pretty much Chris’ project. He did all the planning and all the work. All I did was lend an occasional hand.
It’s actually starting to warm up around here and those of us that live in the eternal rain have a hard time handling the heat. Of course when I say heat I really mean about 80 degrees. Yeah I know we’re wimps.
That being said we were given a window AC unit and Chris was dying to find a way to put it in our bedroom window. See the problem is that our windows slide horizontally not vertically which would leave a huge open space above the AC unit. Surprisingly, that kind of defeats the purpose of the AC unit when you’re just letting all that hot air in.
After talking about how I really didn’t a cheap looking piece of plywood covering the window, Chris came up with an alternative. Thus our little fake window was designed and created.
First off Chris used the table saw to cut a slot in some 1×2’s to use for the frame. It turned out that the blade width was pretty close to the width of the plexiglass we bought to use as our window glass.
Here you can see the slots down the length of the boards.
Then he cut the boards down to the size he needed.
Before he started assembling and painting Chris wanted to make sure the plexiglass would fit so he cut that to size next.
We bought the plexiglass at Home Depot but I know Lowes carries it as well as probably other places. While we were picking out our sheet we noticed that there were cutting tools made for plexiglass. Since we thought they pretty much looked like a utility knife we opted to forgo buying a specific little tool.
According to the directions you are supposed to cut about halfway through the glass with the knife then snap off the excess. We found that it really helped to have me holding the ruler down while Chris cut.
Once it seemed far enough through Chris just snapped the cut edge off.
After he was happy with how everything fit together he used spray paint to paint the frame pieces. He decided to paint the frame just so that it would blend in with the rest of the window frame better.
We didn’t chose anything fancy just a white spray paint in a semi-gloss finish.
Once everything was painted and dried he assembled the frame together with the plexiglass in the middle. To start with he glued all four corners and used clamps to hold it together. Seriously when you have clamps this big I guess you have to find some use for them.
Once the glue dried he added a few little brackets just to add some strength.
Then he just slid the AC unit in the window and slid his new window panel in on top. He added a little foam seal around some of the edges just to ensure a little better seal around the window.
It’s actually surprising how the window seems to fit in. Of course minus the fact that there’s an AC unit and the one window is all the way open. I guess it’s all worth it just so we don’t have to sleep in a overly warm room.
Do you have any projects that you don’t love the look of but you live with just because they are practical?