Wood offers an exclusive high quality, great thermal insulation properties and the most popular wood species are solid oak, larch, cherry, ash, chestnut, maple, mahogany and beech. When you are looking for a more affordable option a window sill made of pine wood is a good solution.
Wooden windowsills are environmentally friendly and harmless, very durable, especially if you choose species like oak or larch which are very hard. Wooden windowsills will not cause allergies, they aid the natural ventilation, normal humidity level.
Wood needs constant maintenance and special treatment to protect it against rot, mold and fungi. Windowsills made of wood should be protected from mechanical damage as they may dent from heavy objects.
Nowadays, the market offers materials like MDF or particleboard, but they swell when in contact with moisture. PVC's windowsills are the most common choice and those are produced by many manufacturers, and they offer a wide variety of width, color, finishes and other characteristics.
You can choose prefab models or order any shape, color and size given the overall interior of the room and window decoration. The major advantage of PVC windowsills is the resistance to moisture and temperature extremes, chemical cleaning agents, durability and mechanical strength.
The range of colors and finishes on the market and the customization options guarantee that you will be able to find the right window sill which will work with your existing interior. Stone windowsills add a touch of luxury to the interior and are the most durable option.
The installation can be quite difficult and due to the heavy weight most people prefer to choose PVC options that mimic the appearance of a stone. Granite windowsills are popular for the wide variety of options in terms of color and appearance.
The main advantages of windowsills made of artificial stone are the high thermal insulation and moisture resistance, the wide range of sizes, shapes and colors. One of the most important considerations that you need to keep in mind, if you choose artificial stone, is that it is susceptible to mechanical damage and scratches.
Refinishing timeworn windowsills helps your home maintain a fresh, clean look. Protecting the walls and window trim, as well as the floor, from debris is an important part of a quality refinishing job.
Masking tape can be used around the windowsill to protect the walls and the trim for the window itself. Open the window and reveal the entire face of the windowsill before you begin.
Detail work can be done with a small paintbrush into the nooks and crannies of the windowsill where it meets the window trim. A paint brush is the best tool for applying paint in such a small area, but you can also use the brush to apply stain to the surface and then wipe up the excess with an old rag and work it into the wood evenly across the surface.
Written by Lee Allende Even though interior trim doesn't cover much space compared to walls or ceilings, it's a small thing that really calls big attention to itself. Windowsills are where you place your morning cup of coffee; door casing you pass a million times a day as you go from room to room.
The only reason why it might be labeled “trim paint” is to make it easier for consumers to identify. Trim paint usually comes pre-ticked in bright white and in base colors that can be custom-tinted.
Glossier paints have a tighter molecular structure, meaning smaller pores for dirt and other debris to work into it. Thicker consistencies of paint help prevent sagging.
Window trim, in particular, gets blasted with the sun, which can yellow the paint. Oil-based trim paint gives superior, glass-like finishes, with minimal-to-zero brush marks, but at the cost of slow drying times, fumes, and solvent-based clean-up requirements.
Because of its thick consistency, it's good at filling in minor holes. Due to laws passed beginning around 2000, many localities now ban oil-based paints in sizes above quarts.
My new house (30 years old) has some sort of varnish on the windowsills. The sills and trim boards are pine (interior).
I am curious what the options are for cleaning the sills and refinishing them. I’d rather not strip them and give them a full refinishing job, but my gut tells me it's a bad idea to put another topcoat over the cracking finish.
Wipe the window sill with a clean cloth and denatured alcohol, available from most hardware stores, and allow drying. This will shield any areas you do not wish to stain from accidental splatters and drips.
Open and stir your wood stain with a stick until you achieve a smooth, even consistency. Wipe off the stain lightly and rapidly with clean cotton cloths or rags.
Wipe any spots that appear too dark with a rag dampened with paint thinner. Open and stir your translucent acrylic varnish with a stick until you achieve a smooth, even consistency.
Sand down the sill lightly with 220-grit sandpaper until the surface is smooth and wipe with a clean cotton cloth and denatured alcohol. Apply another coat of varnish and allow it to dry before removing the masking tape.
Test your stain on an inconspicuous area of the window sill first to ensure it will result in the finish you desire. It allows the natural grain of the wood to shine through in the shade of your choice.
To further protect your window sill, you can also apply a translucent varnish over the stain. This task requires time, care and patience but will result in an attractive and durable finish.
Window trim is made to cover gaps and also add decorative appeal. One simple way to choose interior window trim is to match it to the home’s other molding, to ensure a cohesive look.
Wide, beautifully worked trim is the hallmark of Craftsman and Prairie style. Victorian, Colonial, Provencal and English cottage styles are made for fluted trim and rosettes.
The head casing, jambs and sill are often extended, with cornices for added style. If you enjoy finish carpentry and have the right tools, installing window trim can be a satisfying job.
· Begin with kiln-dried wood or high quality precast foam, and measure and cut precisely. An ounce of prevention and a little elbow grease will keep window trim in good shape.
Dust your window frame, especially the tops of sashes and windowsills, each time you clean. Twice a year (or as needed), clean the trim with soapy water and let it air dry.