Are you tired of looking at your old, ugly wooden window trim, frames and sills? If the look of your windows is taking away from your home’s decor, rather than adding to it, it’s time to repaint! Painting is a simple and inexpensive way to give your old wooden windows a whole new look. It’s a great way to update and enhance the decor of any room in your home.
The first thing you’ll want to do is to gather your supplies. You’ll need:
- Painters tarp or plastic
- Rough grit sand paper
- Fine grit sand paper
- Shop vac
- Cloth or rags
- Painters tape
- Small paint brush
- Large paint brush
- Paint tray
- Oil based paint
Lay down a painters tarp or large sheet of plastic on the floor in front of the window. This will help to protect your floor from dust from sanding and from paint spills, splatters or drips.
Use a sheet of rough grit sand paper to remove all of the old finish from the window trim, frame and sill. Sand until you are down to the bare wood. Rough grit sand paper will also remove any nicks, dents, or scratches that have accumulated over the years. What if your windows woodwork doesn’t have an old finish? Sand it anyway. As previously stated sanding will remove damages. Sanding also helps to prepare the wood for the new finish.
Sand the trim, frame and sill again using a piece of fine grit sand paper. The fine grit will remove any sand lines that the rough grit left behind. It will leave the wood on your window trim, frame and sill smooth and flawless.
Use a shop vac to clean up the dust created from sanding. Wipe the window trim, frame and sill off thoroughly using a dry cloth or rag. It’s important to make sure all of the dust has been removed from the wood surfaces. If any dust remains it will become trapped under the paint and will result in bumps and blemishes.
Use painters tape around the window trim to protect the glass, and around the frame and sill to protect the walls. Painters tape is mildly adhesive which means that it will not leave a sticky residue on your walls or on the glass.
Pour some oil based paint into a paint tray. An oil based paint finish will resist fading, peeling and cracking better than a latex finish will. Use a small paint brush to apply the first coat of paint to the trim and window frame. Use a larger paint brush to paint the sill. Allow the first coat of paint 30 mins to dry then apply a second. Allow the second coat to dry for one hour.
Remove the painters tape. Pick up the tarp or plastic. Use the shop vac one more time to ensure all of the dust is gone. Enjoy your updated decor!