Window above steps on yellow colored walls

How to Paint a Window

Window above steps on yellow colored walls

Windows can highlight and accentuate your home's most interesting features. Because of this, window casings are often painted with higher sheens, which naturally draw the eyes to the glossy surface.

For Best Results:

Allow enough time for the paint to dry fully before putting windows back into use. Otherwise, they will stick together.

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The Window Frame

  1. Dip brush into paint.

    Step 1

    Begin your painting project by pouring your thoroughly mixed paint into a bucket and dipping a quality 2"-2½" wide nylon/polyester brush into the paint.

  2. Paint inside window frame.

    Step 2

    With your brush, begin painting the inside frame of the window starting at the top of the frame.

  3. Paint all inside frame of window.

    Step 3

    Continue until the inside frame is complete. Let it dry.

The Window Sash

  1. Raise lower sash and drop upper sash.

    Step 1

    Raise the lower sash and drop the upper sash.

  2. Paint upper sash.

    Step 2

    With your brush, paint the upper sash beginning with the crossbar.

  3. Paint window casings and sills.

    Step 3

    Continue to the lower sash beginning with the crossbar. Repeat the process with the obstructed sash areas.

  4. Paint window bottom.

    Step 4

    Paint the window casing and sills. Let this dry.

The Window Trim

  1. Paint edge of window trim.

    Step 1

    Starting at a top corner of the window trim, begin painting the side edge of the trim where it meets the wall. Continue until all side edges of the trim are complete.

  2. Paint trim facing.

    Step 2

    Return to the top of the window trim and begin painting the face of the trim.

  3. Window trim is painted.

    Step 3

    Continue until the window trim is complete. Let it dry.

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Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • Brush (Nylon/Polyester)
  • Bucket
  • Vinyl Gloves
  • Ladder
  • Paint Can Opener
  • Rags
  • Sandpaper (150-220 Grit)
  • Stir Stick
  • Painter's Tape
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