One of the easiest ways to spruce up the look of your home is by adding a fresh coat of paint. People frequently do this for their walls and exterior siding, but one often overlooked element of the home are the door and window frames. If you are thinking of selling your home, this is a relatively effortless painting Door And Window Frames. The first step to painting door and window frames is to select a color. The most common color for this is, of course, white, but as long as you stick with a motif that already exists on the home, a little color might actually give your home that stands out curb appeal.
Keep in mind, of course, that many neighborhoods have homeowners associations, so if this is the case you will want to be sure to check your Deeds and Restrictions to see if the color you are selecting is allowed. If it doesn’t specify then I would call just to be sure, because it would be a pretty big pain if you painted everything on the exterior and then either received a fine or had to simply paint it back the way it was before.
If you are wanting to touch up door and window frames in a specific color that already exists on the house, many home improvement stores offer paint matching services, where they will blend paints together until they find a shade that matches. Take advantage of this if you can’t find the exact color you are looking for, don’t just settle for the closest thing.
Do The Work
The only thing that remains to be done after selecting the color is to do the actual painting. Door and window painting is somewhat different, so the techniques you use for the doors themselves and door and window frames will all be different.
If you are going to paint the doorframes, you may as well paint the doors as well. Should you decide to do door and window frames in the same color (which is in most cases advisable) then you might want the door itself to have a complementary color. Many people of course do doors and door and window frames all the same color, which is fine as well. Doors are best painted on their hinges since the hinges provide a natural holder for the door. Simply put painters tape over the hinges themselves, and apply the paint evenly to the door. Make sure that you do not close the door immediately. If you are doing a front door, then it is best to do this project early in the morning when you know you will be around the house for the day since your front door will need to be open for a while.
As discussed, door and window frames should probably be of the same color, at least for all exterior door and window frames on the same side of the house. Door and window frames on the side or rear may differ from the front but should still likely correspond with one another. One thing you probably don’t want is more than two shades of door and window frames across the home because then it starts to look accidental in most cases.
To paint doorframes, first cover the hinges with painter’s tape, as well as the wall just outside the molding of the frame. You will probably want to leave the door open at a 90-degree angle to the frame, and it is best (if you aren’t going to take the doors off their hinges) to stop the door with something secure, like a brick on either side. You don’t want it swinging open suddenly and sticking to fresh paint. Then, carefully apply the paint evenly, being sure to get all three sides as well as the small side that goes from the frame to the wall. This paint will probably take as long as eight hours to dry well, so be sure to avoid closing the door in that time.
Door and window frames require very different approaches. For window frames, the accepted technique is as follows. Many people will place tape all around the glass to avoid getting paint on the windows themselves. It is actually advised not to do this since you want to be sure you are creating a good seal when the paint dries. You will have to be careful not to drip on the glass if you don’t use tape, or if you do wipe it up immediately to avoid a hassle later. Paint one segment at a time very slowly, being sure to get just a little bit of paint on the glass just inside the frame.
You can scrape off any excess with a cloth-covered putty knife. Again, don’t do the whole window first, but do it in segments so that paint won’t dry all over your windows if it does drip. Apply paint evenly to all areas, being sure to create that seal between all glass/frame joints. Follow these simple instructions and a simple project, painting door and window frames, which will give you an instant boost to your home’s look.