How To Paint Window Panes

Ok, this is hands down my favorite part of my entire master bedroom makeover. That should say something, folks. We got a gorgeous new rug, stylish new chairs and nightstands, and a stunning landscape mural, BUT THE WINDOWS ARE MY FAVORITE! Let me explain…

We had sheer white drapes that were way too long. I’m really not a fan of puddled drapes right now. But these were even worse than a puddle. Instead of a puddle, it was more of a huge lake. Lol! And they were torn from the dog. And to top it off, we still had the broken plastic blinds from the previous homeowners. It was just a sad combo, guys. One of those things we’ve just turned a blind eye to. So when I decided to use the New Year New Room Challenge as a way to refresh our bedroom, I wanted to be very intentional about how we addressed the windows. They’re a big part of a room design, guys! And shouldn’t be an afterthought. Here they are BEFORE…

So the first thing I knew was, I wanted buttery, velvet drapes hung properly. I wanted a sturdy industrial rod that wrapped/curved into the wall (I’ll show you what I mean in a sec). And to top it off, I wanted to paint our window panes black! Thank you so much to Frog Tape® for sponsoring this post. I never do a paint project without it!

Step One:

I started with removing the panes and cleaning the windows.

Step Two:

Next, I taped off the windows using FrogTape®.

The big question everyone asked is, “Are your windows wood or vinyl?” I’ll be honest- I’m not 100% sure! The panes are wood, but I couldn’t quite tell what material the actual window was just by tapping on it. I texted neighbor friends and they said wood, so I guess they’re wood. But I will say that the paint didn’t go on super saturated, so that has me questioning it. But either way, I was going for it! These aren’t windows that get opened and closed a bunch. I wasn’t worried about it. Just do and try what you’re comfortable with!

Step Three:

I took the panes outside and decided to spray them to make the process faster…

As for the frame itself, I used leftover paint from our kitchen cabinets: Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black. I wasn’t too concerned about whether the blacks would clash. It turned out perfectly, friends! I’m so thrilled!

Step Four:

Peel away the tape! FrogTape® leaves a clean, sharp line for me every time! Two quick tips- peel away when the paint is still slightly wet, and also peel away at a 45 degree angle!

This seriously worked like a charm and I’m SO happy with the results! What a beautiful addition to this space!

For those of you who’ve asked, I hung the drapes with these rings

Clipping them onto the tabs isn’t the ideal way to hang, but I had to adjust the length of the drapes due to where we hung the rod. Moving the ring here was easier than adjusting the rod! Here’s the rod we used. I like that it curves into the wall, so you don’t get light peaking in on the sides…

So, there you have it, friends! My favorite part of our bedroom makeover! And it’s all thanks to FrogTape®! I know painting can be intimidating, guys. But truly, get yourself some good supplies, and it’s not as scary as it seems! Please let me know if you have any questions!

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This Article Has 27 Comments
  1. Anne says:

    Wow, those windows are stunning! Great idea and a beautiful room.

  2. Brenda Fuqua says:

    What a beautiful room!!!

  3. Nathaly says:

    Was the outside of the window painted?

  4. Alissa says:

    Looks great! Preparing to do this to my windows. What did you use to apply the black SW paint to the frames of the windows (a brush, sprayer, etc.)?

  5. Lisa says:

    I love this! Going to attempt to do it in our formal living and dining room. How did you remove the window panes?

  6. Viktoria says:

    Hi, since you found out your windows might potentially be wood, did you sand them a little before you painted them? Or did you just paint? Also, how have they held up?

    • Haneen says:

      Hi, Viktoria! I didn’t bother sanding since this is in our bedroom and I knew it wouldn’t get handled a bunch. It’s held up great!

  7. Nicole says:

    Hi Haneen, my windows are Anderson ones , vinyl, and in thinking to paint them off black for some time.
    U didn’t mention anything about sending them or priming before painting.
    How about my doors, can I paint y doors black, if I have chocolate brown wood floors ?

    • Haneen says:

      Hi, so sorry I didn’t make note of this! I was pretty lazy with this DIY. I didn’t sand or prime. I would suggest both! This is in our bedroom and we honestly rarely fuss with our windows in here, so I didn’t bother taking extra precautions. In regards to painting the doors black if you have brown wood floors, I say yes! I think that would look beautiful.

  8. Mandie says:

    Hi, I work for a builder and I recognize those windows. They are in fact wood, they look like the Pella Lifestyle line, and they should be double hung. Also, both sashes pop right out of the tracks very easily which would have made them much easier for you to paint and not worry about getting paint on the trim. You just flip them down like you would when you go to clean them, and then lift them out of the tracks. Less Hassel and potential mess in a finished room with black paint. I hope that helps!

  9. oulla says:

    Hello! Phenomenal job <3 I'm obsessed.. I wanted to know how you stuck them onto the window if you don't mind. Did you use command strips? If so, how have they held up so far? Would they warp with the heat of the window? Thank you!

    • Haneen says:

      Thank you! These are the panes that came with the windows. They stick on the window naturally because they “fit” by pushing them on. They’ve held up great!

  10. Meg says:

    What is the wall color?!? Absolutely love

  11. Jen says:

    I’m curious about the latches/locks. Did you paint those as well and if so how? I’m trying to convince my husband but he’s worried about the window hardware.
    Thank you

  12. Jessica says:

    Beautiful!! Where did you get your curtains? I’m looking for some like these and can’t find them. Also, the double rod on the curtain rods the link sends you to, how did you use those? I’m looking for something that curves to the wall but I’m not sure what to do with each rod?!

  13. Erin says:

    I love what you did however, I’m wondering about the pieces you took out of the window? Mine are between two glass things so I cannot take them out to paint them. I don’t know what they are called. However would like to know how the heck you did this and with what kind of window you have that allows it to be taken out. Humidity is caught in ours which is gross.
    Thanks 😊

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