Hi, friends! If you all know me, you know I’ve been wanting a corrugated metal awning forever! I’ve begged my husband for well over a year now. We have a single window in our kitchen and it needed to be spiced up. I could have opted for curtains but figured I wouldn’t be able to keep them clean. This is a main door, and curtains just weren’t fit for an entryway.. We were also missing part of a piece of trim above the window and I knew this corrugated metal awning was going to fix that, and we’d be able to kill two birds with one stone..
Here’s what we started with before our corrugated metal awning build.
Before: Boring Window With Missing Trim
Once again, another mistake the previous owner had made. It seems everything he did was hodge podged. This is the wall before I created my faux brick treatment which you can see the tutorial for here on the blog. You can see the missing trim. Huge eye sore! And yes there was an existing cat door where the beadboard has been hodge podged too. Another previous homeowner mistake we’ll be paying for.eventually.
During: Building the Awning
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I actually followed Shanty2Chic corrugated metal awning plans. We obviously had to make our own adjustments for the width of our window and the angle/slope of the awning we wanted.
The biggest tip I recommend for this awning is that you install the frame on the wall first, then the corrugated metal.
For the wood, we used salvaged wood studs from our nursery renovation so the cost for that was $0.00. If you’re recreating this look, you can recycle wood you already have on hand or use new. Either way, it’s inexpensive.If you like the look of the reclaimed wood, sometimes your local home improvement store will carry rough sawn lumber.
Don’t Try To Work Around Trim
We removed all the trim surrounding the window to make sure our awning would fit flush and to fit it in before permanently installing. Seriously, just remove the trim. Don’t try to work around it. You will have gaps and have a harder time getting your awning to fit right. Just remove the trim, install your awning, then nail the trim back down, trimming any unnecessary trim you don’t need anymore.
The Best Tool For Building An Awning
The Kreg Jig is amazing for hiding your screw holes! It allows you to drill holes on an angle into your wood, so that you screws are buried down into the wood, and not visible on the outside. It is such an affordable tool that I think every DIYer should have one!
The #1 mistake we made doing this corrugated metal awning was buying too short of a piece of metal. We had to figure out how to cut our metal just so that it overlapped perfectly, yet fit the exact width of the window. Lesson learned, we didn’t think that through. Ensure when picking out your corrugated metal that you buy a piece that is long enough to cover your ENTIRE awning.
We bought the corrugated metal from Menards. A 2’x3′ sheet was $5.99. We needed 2 sheets for our corrugated metal awning. A grand total of $11.98.
After: Corrugated Metal Awning
We’ve since had this awning for about two years and still love it! I updated this post with some photos of the awning throughout the year, as the surrounding decor changes. This awning seriously makes this entire corner and is the focal point of our breakfast nook.
Because these were salvaged wood studs, I didn’t want to use a stain. You can see where we have cuts showing that are lighter than the rest of the wood. I need to run a quick layer of dark wax over these and all the wood will blend. Other than that I love the way these turned out and the rustic farmhouse vibe they give to our kitchen!
If you’ve made an awning too, let me know in the comments! This was by far one of our favorite and most popular projects to date!