Once a kindergarten teacher, now your go-to guide for all things DIY. My passion for teaching didn't stop when I left the classroom - I merely switched from ABCs to DIYs. I've learned a lot from transforming my own home from scratch, and now I'm here to pass on that knowledge to you.
A few months ago we sat down with a company in our home to get a quote for a few windows to be replaced. We wanted to replace a few at a time starting with the windows in the front. Oh, and did I mention we wanted black windows? When the quote came back at $28,000 (yes, you read that correctly) we were shocked. It was a higher priced company but it got me thinking: why can’t I paint our windows black until we’ve saved for the right moment to replace all our windows.
We pushed that idea out of our minds the following months because we didn’t think there could be a paint suitable for this type of project. We would need something that would last and a paint that can also be used on the exterior side of our windows. With us painting our home in the near future, we also need the windows to be black on the exterior.
I started noticing on Instagram some of my best gals spray painting their window frames. OH, how I craved that look of black windows for our home. For interior windows, it’s perfect! But once again I needed something to do both if I’m going to spend the time tackling this project. That’s when I finally discovered Pro-Industrial Multi-Surface Acrylic by Sherwin Williams. It’s a contractors grade paint that’s made to adhere to the slickest of surfaces while maintaining durability.
**Find the video at the end of how we painted the windows as well.
So guess what I did? I PAINTED MY WINDOWS BLACK AND I LOVE THEM! That totally deserved all capital letters because look at this before and after. I’m still in shock at the difference paint made tour windows.
So, you’ve already made it this far and you’re probably wanting to paint your windows as well. There are several ways to do this: spray painting, with a paintbrush or with a paint sprayer. Today I’ll be showing you how to paint your window frames using a paint sprayer. I went this route because I love the finished and flawless look a paint sprayer gives. And to answer a question I’m sure you have right now: yes our windows still open without any issues or paint peeling!
How to Paint Window Frames Black
The longest and probably the most annoying part about this project is all the prep work. There is a lot and you must take your time. But I promise you it’s 100% worth it! That moment you peel back all the plastic and painter’s tape is so satisfying seeing your brand new windows!
Using the green frog tape, you’ll tape right along the edge of the interior window frame. In other words, you’ll be applying your frog tape on the glass as close to the frames as you can get it. If you have a top and bottom section to your window like mine, you’ll do this to both.
You’ll then apply the frog tape to outer side of the window frame. This is going to give you that crisp, clean line without getting paint on the glass or the drywall after applying the paint. This step is crucial and so important to take your time!
Now that you have the green frog tape applied, you’ll need to further protect the glass and the outer edges/walls around the window. Since you carefully and precisely applied the frog tape first, you can be a little more care free with the plastic sheeting with painters tape attached. I attach the roll of plastic at the top of the glass pane making sure the blue tape is overlapping the green tape.
Once I have it pressed securely down, I cut the width down to size and unroll the plastic sheeting. You’ll notice how it magically clings to the window which makes this product very easy to work with. Secure the other three sides by taping them down with the Frog Tape.
Tip: As you’re applying the plastic, don’t cover the green tape on the other three sides entirely. Go about halfway onto the tape that’s applied on the window. You want to cut the plastic to where it leaves a small space so that when you tape the other three sides down the tape has something to stick to. Too much plastic and you’re tape won’t have anywhere to go.
Just like you taped off the outer edge of the window frames, you’ll apply the painter plastic along this green tape as well. This was you can stretch the plastic out over the walls to protect from overspray. You may need to apply additional plastic in ares that are covered. This will also be a great time to drape additional plastic, old towels, etc. over surround furniture you don’t want paint dust getting on.
The moment you’ve been waiting for: TIME TO PAINT! Here are a couple things to note about this Multi-Surface Acrylic Pro-Industrial paint:
Of course, depending on the paint sprayer you’ll be using, your paint prep might look a little different. Since I’m suing the HomeRight Super Finish Max, I just have to attach the right tip, pour in my paint and start spraying. Thinning isn’t required.
IMPORTANT: I highly recommend wearing a paint mask when using this paint. Since it is mainly acrylic based, the chemicals used in this paint are very strong. Especially since you can’t really open windows during this project since you’re painting them.
Before you start, test your paint flow on a scrap piece of paper, wood, etc. You want to make sure you have a smooth finish. Then run your hands over all of the tape you applied on the windows. The tape likes to pop loose sometimes. Then start applying your paint in slow, even strokes. I found it best to apply the paint on all the vertical pieces first and then switch the nozzle for the horizontal pieces. Make sure you get into all the grooves and look at the window frame from all angles to make sure you painted every square inch.
Of course, depending on the paint sprayer you’re using, determines the amount of overspray. For the HomeRight Super Finish Max ,the overspray isn’t bad at all! You will notice paint dust that can easily be wiped, swept, vacuumed, etc. You can see it in the image below on the plastic sheeting. But remember, one of the great things about this paint is that dries fast as it falls so that it lands as paint dust.
This paint only takes one coat but you still need to go back and look for spots where you didn’t apply enough. Use the light on your phone or grab a flashlight to move across every inch of the windows. Lightly and quickly spray the spots that need a little more paint. It’s easier to check for that now than to notice it later.
Once your windows are fully covered with the paint, you’ll want to go ahead and remove all of the plastic and painter’s tape. The last thing you want is the paint to stick to the tape and ripping off the window as you remove everything.
I wanted to try painting one of my windows with a paintbrush just to see how it went on, dried, etc. Is it an option? 100%. Is it my preferred method? Nope. After painting one window, it took three coats of paint to get a solid look and the finish wasn’t as great as a paint sprayer. There weren’t any strokes but for me you can’t beat that finish that a paint sprayer gives.
One of the questions I got on repeat over on Instagram stories is how I was going to cover the white window panes. In a dream world, they would be on the outside of the glass panes where I could just paint them. So, if you’re one of the lucky ones with them on the outside of the glass, you’ll just tape around them while taping off the rest of the window frame and paint them all together. BUT! If you’re like me with them between the two glass panes, you have to be a little more creative to make them appear black.
If you’re wanting to stay within a budget, electrical tape is pretty magical with this. You’ll just apply the black electrical tape over the white panes being careful to keep it in a straight line and to not stretch it out too much.
I found it easier to extend the electrical tape past the windows so that I could get a cleaner cut. Don’t be afraid to readjust! This seriously only takes a few minutes and is a great way to add “window panes” if you currently don’t have any but love the look of them.
Another alternative is using pvc strips and cross pieces for more of a realistic look. I found these from New Panes where you can order in the quantity that you need. These pvc strips from New Panes can be painted so I used the Pro-Industrial paint to match the window frame color. These are measured, cut, and applied to the windows with either double sided tape or with blade clips.
The magical thing about these pvc strips is that they can hide the white panes and they can also create panes for people who didn’t have them at all. I’m actually seeing a lot of this! Your basic looking window and then adding window panes to step it up a notch visually. You can watch the video below to see my installation process with these pvc strips. Watch the video below to see what you need for this method and how they work.
How many of you are about to go running and paint all your windows black? I would totally jump in and help if I could. I would love to see your reaction when you peel back the tape and plastic and see your new black windows for the first time. Make sure to tag me on your socials if you try this and share! Get ready to have your mind blown. You can also watch the full process of prepping and painting the windows below.