Alright, one of my all time favorite DIY’s coming your way! What makes this one of my favorite DIY’s is the fact that it cost next to nothing, looks like it cost everything, and is manageable for everyone to do! Yay!! So, let’s chat all about painting windows!!
The process is pretty simple. First, I like to tape off my window grids perfectly. It’s easiest to do this before the plastic, otherwise its hard to get perfect lines if you are trying to tape and plastic all at once.
Then you cut your masking film in the size you need to cover each window pane. It doesn’t need to be perfect because the blue tape will cover the edges. Then tape around it again, this time not perfectly…just making sure to hit the blue tape that is bordering the window so all of the glass is covered! Now it’s time to tape around the outside of the window!
This is when the 3M masking film really comes in handy. This stuff is super wide and long, and it has electric cling so you can stick it up against the wall without having to tape everywhere! I usually stick this to the sides of my window since it clings, and then tape it at the same time. Make sure you tape off a nice clean line. I do not paint any of my trim, only the window sash part that’s flat, not even the window sash on the sides and bottom. I find it looks best if you don’t overpower with black. Also, make sure you put plastic about 6-8 feet out, especially on the floor to cover any carpet or furniture as there will be overspray. This is a super important step!
Next is the fun, transforming part! Spray paint!! My tips and tricks to creating no drips is to start in one corner, keep your spray constant and be in constant motion. When you start and stop often it tends to get drips, and also when you aren’t in constant motion it overloads a spot and drips. It’s much better to have to do 2-3 coats than have one bad drippy coat!
This is what mine looked like after one coat. You can still see some white spots and thats okay! I usually wait about 10 minutes to let it dry enough so it won’t drip when I spray the second coat, and then go to town. These windows only took two coats!
And this is quite possibly the best part! Peeling your tape off and seeing the finished product! This is also the reason I love to use spray paint, and mainly just on vinyl and metal or plastic windows…because the finish is so smooth and good you’d never even know they were painted!
If you end up with a spot that bled through like this little patch of black I have up here on the top, a magic eraser or lemon oil works amazing to take it right off! Now for the fun part, lets look at the before and afters!!!
So much better right?!? And the best part is the price is right!! So let’s take a look at the other before and afters from the rest of the house, just in case you aren’t sold yet! Ps, I’ll be answering all of your most FAQ at the end!
And here are some more of my black window pics that I don’t have before and afters for…but I wanted to show you how amazing they turned out!
MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. DOES THIS VOID WARRANTY ON WINDOWS.
2. WILL THIS WARP WINDOWS?
Some people say it can ,but I have had no issues with any warping of my windows and we have been through some 100 degree days. But I can only speak to painted “interior” windows, not exterior.
3. DO DOUBLE HUNG WINDOWS SCRATCH WHEN YOU OPEN THEM.
No. If you let them dry long enough, they do not scratch. I have opened all of my windows up and have had no scratching. It does help to let them sit for as long as possible before opening so that they cure well and hard.
4. IS IT STINKY?
Yes. But I have found if you diffuse purification oil from Young Living it eliminates the smell much sooner! Also, I try to spray windows in one room and then leave for the day and by night the smell is gone. Or, if you have a room with a door on, you can close in much of the smell.
5. IS THERE OVERSPRAY?
Yes. I would recommend covering everything at least 8 feet back. Most of the overspray falls to the ground so it’s important to cover as much as possible.
6. DO YOUR WINDOWS STICK AFTER PAINTING?
No. Spray paint seems to dry with a very hard finish, which is a beautiful thing. I have never had a window stick shut or not open, even after I sprayed all of the hardware!
7. DOES THIS WORK ON WOOD WINDOWS?
Stay tuned. I am not sure if the spray paint technique will be as smooth of a finish on wood windows, but I do have a few wood windows that I am going to try in the next month and I will keep you posted! You can always hand paint wood windows too!
8. DOES CLEANING THE WINDOWS MAKE THE PAINT COME OFF?
I make sure to not use harsh chemicals when washing my windows and only use water and my norwex window rag, so I have had no problem with that.
9. DOES IT LOOK WEIRD FROM THE OUTSIDE IF ONLY THE INSIDE IS PAINTED?
No. It just looks like white windows on the outside.
10. CAN I DO THIS IF I HAVE PANES INSIDE MY WINDOWS?
Yes. Most all of my windows actually had no panes in them. I found a product called New Panes that allow you to create your own panes on windows. This product only comes in white, so I spray painted one side and put tape on the back so it stayed white. If you have panes inside your windows you can actually apply these New Panes over your existing panes and it hides them, allowing you to have black panes to match your windows!
11. WHAT TYPE OF WINDOWS CAN YOU PAINT?
My windows are vinyl and plastic. I think it would also work great on metal and aluminum. I will try wood and get back to you:)
12. DOES THE PAINT PEEL OFF EVENTUALLY?
I have had my windows painted for 8 months now and the finish is still as amazing as it was the day I sprayed them. I don’t forsee any peeling in my future:)
13. WHEN YOU OPEN YOUR WINDOWS AREN’T THERE WHITE SPOTS WHERE THE PAINT DIDN’T GET?
Yes. Yes there is:) And I”m okay with that. If you are type A you can re-tape off and spray them with your windows open as well and then it will cover those white spots:)
If this intrigues you, pin this image and save it for later so you can come back for the step by step process. And also, if you want to see my live video tutorial, you can check out my saved story on Instagram here.