Before I could put up the pretty bamboo shade I bought on Overstock.com, I had to address the crumbly, yellow and downright sad window in the art space. This window is in fine working order, but unfortunately was a huge eyesore due to bad paint jobs and general neglect.
It is missing chunks of wood and glazing, and really needs to be redone when it gets warmer out. Until I can do some structural work, a new coat of paint was necessary to stop the assault on my eyeballs. And your eyeballs. Because your eyeballs are the whole reason I have this blog! See, I painted this window for YOU!
I usually use BIN primer on windows, but I had a gallon of BEHR 'Premium Plus Ultra Paint And Primer In One' that our painter used on our living room windows. I thought I'd sand everything really well, and give this product a spin instead of using a separate primer.
It wasn't half bad! It is definitely not as good as using shellac-based BIN to seal up the wood and smooth over bumps, but it did the job. And this was just about looks, since I'm going to take my time with this window later on. When I paint windows, I always run the paint onto the glass to create an extra 'seal' between the glass and the wood.
Oh my, the up-close shots are still not too pretty. Just pretend there is another coat and it's lovely, ok? Oh, and also pretend that I have cleaned the glass. Also pretend that I have cleaned the outside glass on every window in our house since we moved in. Ahem.
The day after painting, I come in with my favorite tool, the glass scraper. If you can rest your hand against the sill or frame and keep it steady, it is quite easy to scrape the excess paint away in long strips.
And the bonus is that you make all this fun 'latex confetti' that you can
throw up in the air while singing and dancing to "The Safety Dance" give to your cats to play with! Actually, they might eat it, so just do the 'confetti' thing and not the 'plaything' uh, thing.
Once I was able to get a coat of fresh white paint/primer on the window, I felt ok about installing my bamboo shade. I try not to HIDE bad things with pretty things, you know? It's all about homeowner integrity. Just don't peek underneath all our ceiling medallions.
This shade is rad. If you are in the market for some shades, Overstock.com beat Home Depot's price by 8 bones, and there are many more styles and sizes on Overstock. The inside of my window is 29.5 inches, and trying to find a 29-inch shade was difficult. I left several stores pretty disgusted and had to soothe myself with a Starbucks. See, Home Depot cost me 4 bucks and I didn't even buy anything there! Well, my coffee habit is neither here nor there. I'm mighty happy with the way the window shaped up.
The fabric is from Joann's Home Decor section. I can't find it online, so I don't have the link. Again, here is the link to the shade I purchased. I think I should be getting a little kickback from Overstock at this point, don't you?