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How to paint window sills and trims

with Sharon Hankins

Our house has wood trims and window sills throughout, so to change these in just one room, is not likely to be a wise decorating idea. So once I decided to tackle the trims in this room, I knew I was up for the whole house-full of trims!

Some areas that had sun exposure were looking quite weathered.

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And these trims … !!

I’m sorry you had to see this …

I began puttying any holes – these were from old curtain rails. And yes, I’ll need to repaint and patch that section above the window.

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The main problem with painting your window sill is that normally your window frame looks less bright and more dated, this means that although your painted sill looks great, the two combined look rather odd and sometimes can make the project look worse than it did to start off with. You should order some new double glazed windows with a company like MWT Windows before you start painting, then you’ll know that your window sill will look much brighter and brand new once again!


I learned a great trick when it comes to taping up carpeted floor beside the trim.

I used a wide painters tape for this job. Start by laying the tape down on the carpet, but allowing it to sit up against the trim slightly.

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Using a plastic paint scraper, tuck the painter’s tape down beside the carpet all along the trim.

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Don’t forget to tape above the trim also.

I used an acrylic undercoat first, then applied a water based enamel for the top coat in the colour Antique White USA (Dulux).

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It has certainly brightened up this little space.

Removing the painter’s tape took a bit of a nack, as you don’t want to just tear it up and risk lifting any paint that has dried on the tape, causing the paint to peel away with the tape on the trim.

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What areas of your home do you want to give an update to?

Sometimes just changing the colour of a wall or painting the trims can really lift a space!

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