If you want to stain your sills and coat them with a clear finish, use varnish or polyurethane. Your color choices when painting interior windowsills are virtually unlimited.
You can opt to blend them with the walls, contrast them or even highlight them with primary hues in a Bohemian style. It doesn't have enough body to protect the wood and, because sills present a horizontal surface, it's a magnet for dirt.
You need a gloss or semi-gloss acrylic or latex enamel that levels out to form a smooth surface and is easy to clean. 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.
Since these are such high-impact areas, there are special trim paints you should buy for these critical surfaces. 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. Water-based trim paints afford easy clean up with soap and water.
Bear: Ultra Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel ; soap and water clean-up Benjamin Moore: Regal Classic Premium Interior Paint, Semi-Gloss Finish; 100% acrylic resin; soap and water clean-up Dutch Boy: Durable Cabinet, Door & Trim Interior/Exterior Paint + Primer; gloss enamel finish Gladden: Trim, Door & Furniture paint in high-gloss; oil-based; solvent clean-up Olympic: ICON Interior/Exterior Paint + Primer in high-gloss; soap and water clean-up Sherwin-Williams: Neoclassic Waterborne Interior Acrylic Enamel; soap and water clean-up Val spar: Ultra Interior Paint + Primer; soap and water clean-up For both interior and exterior trim, you’ll probably want to choose a paint with a glossy finish.
Window trim can be made from wood, vinyl, aluminum, or steel, and there’s no single coating that works with all. If you start with just any old can of paint, you could risk seeing the results of all your hard work flake off within the year.
Choosing a paint that’s compatible with your type of trim will help achieve results that last. Wood is the most common material used to trim both interior and exterior windows, and you won’t have any problem finding a good-quality paint.
Medium-Density Fiberboard (MDF) is becoming a popular material for interior window trim because it’s easy to install and resists moisture damage. Its impermeable surface won’t hold standard paint ; those suggested above would eventually peel off.
Check the weather forecast and choose a day when the temperatures will stay between 50 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Hotter than that, and the paint can dry too quickly, which can affect the quality of the finish.
(If you’ve just installed your window, you won’t have this trouble; skip ahead!) You can try scraping it out with the edge of the 6-in-1 paint scraper or a metal putty knife, but you’ll have better luck with the Caulk Aid from Hyde Tools.
On interior wood and MDF, as well as vinyl trim, use a household degreasing cleaner. For caulking to efficiently seal the seams and gaps in window trim, it needs to be applied and smoothed into the crack.
To achieve a professional-looking finish, run a bead of caulk in the seam (1/8 inch is usually sufficient) and then use the flexible padded tip on the Caulk Aid (on the end opposite its scraper) to smooth out the bead. If caulk builds up under the padded tip, just wipe it clean on a rag and continue to the end of the seam.
For unfinished trim, you’ll need to apply a coat of primer before the paint, using the following method for each application. For the best results on narrow strips of trim, opt for a small angled paintbrush like one from Richard Tools’ Mini Master Angular Touch Series instead of a flat paintbrush, which is more suitable for cutting in on large areas.
Any overprint or splatters seen on the windowpanes will detract from the appearance of the fresh coat, so you’ll want to clean those up. Cut along the outer edge of the Mini Guide with the 9 mm Snap-Off Blade Utility Knife.
After you’ve made this target line, use a glass razor scraper like Hyde Tools’ Glass Scraper with 5 Blades Stored in Handle to remove the paint from the windowpane. Position the blade parallel to the edge of the trim and, using a straight motion, scrape the stuck-on paint right off the glass.
The scraper features an ergonomic design to reduce hand fatigue when scraping and, as the name suggests, a ready supply of replacement blades in the handle in case you need to change one out on the job. With this trusty tool in hand, you’ll have sparkling clean glass without a trace of stray paint.
The colors you enjoy wearing are the ones that make you feel good. If you've already chosen an interior decor or if you're working with a room that's already furnished, focus on a favorite fabric color, piece of art, furniture or other object.
Lowe's offers free computerized paint matching and custom color mixing. Because it takes more effort to clean, a flat finish is ideal for the low-traffic areas of your home.
Easier to clean than flat paint, they’re great for high-traffic areas, such as hallways, bathrooms, bedrooms and playrooms. Go for semi-gloss for kitchens and bathrooms; choose gloss for banisters, railings, shelves, door jambs and windowsills.
Also, keep in mind that the higher the gloss, the more it emphasizes any surface imperfections. Now that you’ve selected your paint, you’ll need to choose the best primer for the job.
When selecting an interior finish, try choosing a water-based enamel instead of an oil-based gloss paint. Water-based gloss enamels have less odor than conventional oil-based paints, are much easier to clean up and wear better over time.
It's less prone to yellow as it ages, goes on smoother and won't leave brush marks. Paint a piece of scrap material, such as cardboard or even a portion of your wall, to see the effects of various light conditions.
Vows (volatile organic compounds) are harmful chemicals that are released as paint dries. Small indoor plants and flowers, vases with tree branches and fall leaves, small pictures and figurines add charming decorative accents to window design, offering inexpensive window decorating ideas for beautiful homes.
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