Guides to Fine Arts Like Painting, Designing, Architecture, Sculpture, Photography and More

By Grazina Mazur

While using a DIY Guide to painting and decorating sash windows, just follow the simple steps, and you will find this task to be easy and fun. First, remove the locks on the windows. They should have two screws. Then remove any putty and other sealants that have been placed on the window with a putty knife. You can also use a straight edge razor to remove old paint from the window glass, if necessary. Then sand all the rough spots to create a smooth finish for painting. Wipe off all the excess sand with a damp cloth, and when it dries you will be ready to paint.

To protect the glass from painting it in error and splashes, you can use masking tape or painters tape, but do not worry if you accidentally paint the glass. It comes off easy enough while it is still wet. If it does dry, this can always be easily removed with the edge of a straight razor.

You should use a primer to seal the wood and lengthen the life of the paint. After your primer is dry, paint your windows with an indoor and outdoor paint, as it is exposed to the elements of the weather.

The raised bottom sash, on the center mullion is where you might want to start. Then you can paint outwards from the center. Next paint the sides of the window, on the vertical mullions. Go to the tops next, to the horizontal ones. Some of the top of the vertical mullion may be hidden, so if you cannot paint it all, just leave it, and paint only the exposed part. You may find an easier method of where to start. It really depends on the preference of the painter.

When the paint is dried, and your window looks great, it is time to decorate it. Be imaginative. You can buy window treatments and draperies, or you can make them customized to your window. Either way, you will need to measure the dimensions of the window to make sure you have enough material for the homemade draperies, or you will need the measurements for the store-bought ones. A more modern look will show mini blinds or wooden blinds only. Sometimes curtains are not used at all. Or you can use a combination of light-weight curtains for a breezier look. Or a combination of blinds and curtains.

Your decisions will all depend on the atmosphere you want to create in the room. But whatever you decide, here is hoping that this small DIY guide to painting and decorating has been helpful.

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