This isn't a difficult, time consuming, DIY. Not everything needs to be. In fact, sometimes the simplest change can have the biggest impact.
My living room's picture window has been half done for three years (cue the face palm). I started to paint it white and never finished. That's probably a good thing because I have recently fallen hard for black window panes. Yet the window remained unpainted. So this past weekend I finally decided, it was time.
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I actually did this with leftover paint, so this was a free project. I used white paint leftover from my book shelf and black paint leftover from my bedroom remodel.
Although the trim work in my house is old, it's in decent shape and I know some people probably are upset I would paint it. However I just didn't like how much brown was in my living room, so painting was the perfect solution.
I used Frog Tape to tape off the windows (it was my first time using this instead of the typical blue painters tape and I was SUPER impressed). I never want to spend money on painters tape and usually just pick whatever is cheapest, but I have to say this turned out to be worth the money and I will be purchasing again soon.
So the next part you already know. You paint! I used a 1.5 inch brush to do the outer window and a tiny makeup brush to do the interior panes.
I really like the white and black look. It reminds me of art deco apartments in New York. I wasn't sure how it would look in my mostly brown and beige living room, but I think it brought out the gray in the wall color and overall I am really happy with the change.
I would recommend doing three thin coats as opposed to one thick coat.
I think too often we're afraid to paint something just because it's in good shape, but if you don't love it- go for it!