So if you were looking real close, you might have noticed a little difference in the windows, between the last time you saw them (that would have been in this post, over 10 weeks ago) and the reveal last week.
They’re painted black! And I love them.
And I learned a lesson while painting them. A very important lesson. But before I get to that, would you like to know my tried-and-true method for painting windows? Because this ain’t my first rodeo. Observe: here is a fine example of one of the many windows I’ve painted:
Here’s the secret: I don’t use tape on the glass. And I don’t paint carefully. I just slather the paint on the glass, so there’s a good 1/4- to 1/2-inch line on the glass.
Then I use an Xacto knife and straight-edge razor to 1) Score the paint right along the muntin (and congratulate myself on learning what those fancy wood grille thingies on your windows are actually called) 2) Scrape the paint off in one long ribbon, and 3) score the muntin one more time to clean it up.
It’s faster than tape, because tape never seems to work that well on glass anyway — so if you’ve got to do some scraping either way, why not skip the taping step? Works every time. Guaranteed.*
*Not guaranteed. Keep reading.
This method works great on windows like this
where there are only two big panes, and you have loooooooooong lines to clean up. In fact, the only time you wouldn’t want to use this method is if your windows have lots of little panes, which means lots of separate lines to clean, where you can’t get a good long ribbon of paint going.
Oh hey! Look how many little panes our kitchen windows have!
So pretty! So much character!! Such a PAIN IN THE ASS!!
Remember that “important lesson” I mentioned a minute ago? There it is.
So. If any of you have painted windows in the past — pretty windows with lots of “character” — do us all a solid and leave a comment below with any nuggets of advice you might have picked up along the way. I still think skipping the tape probably saved me some time, because more panes = more taping.
But I could be wrong. So I’m open to suggestions…for next time, you know? 😉