First-time poster here and I need your advice or suggestions if you have a moment.
I am (finally) taking on the project of converting our small 2nd bedroom into a library / reading room. If you ask my, she’ll tell you it’s something I should have started long, long ago, and she’d be 110% right. Anyhow, now that I am in the midst of moving out all the books and temporarily storing them in our ever-shrinking bedroom, I need to paint the walls and trim out the windows. I have provided some links to the pictures so that you can see what my dilemma is:
Obviously, the problem I have is that all the window jambs are proud of the wall. The amount that the jambs stick out modulates, as the walls are plaster and not entirely flat. Additionally, the window treatments (shutters) are mounted such that the edge of the blades are pretty much even with the exterior edge of the jambs — so if I plane down the jambs too much, the shutters will protrude slightly from the wall (not the worst thing in the world, but not ideal).
So the questions boil down to:
1. Assuming that I’ve got the right tools and the guts, is this something that I should be able to fix?; and if so…
2. How should I go about doing it?
My assumption is (at the moment) that the correct thing to do would be either to: a) plane down the jambs a bit so that they are closer to the level of the wall; or b) tap shims around the perimeter of the window jambs and then nail in the trim to that, and then caulk up the left-over gaps / cracks.
If this isn’t something that you think a non-pro can do, I am definitely willing to hire someone to do this (and my wife is even MORE willing!). But since there are so many windows in the house that need this work done, I’d love to learn the skills to tackle it myself. If I do hire a pro, I will be watching over his shoulder so that I can learn how to fix the rest.
Thanks so much for your advice in advance.