Just a trim, please

For the past seven months I’ve been going back and forth about whether or not to paint the living room bay window trim. I hate to paint over original wood color but it wasn’t in great shape and it is the only window on the first floor without repainted white trim.

Finally, I took the plunge!

Here's a shot of the living room before the trim was painted.

I wanted to leave the inside wood as is and just paint the border, and that was more easy said then done. It was an old window and the wood lines were uneven, so I just did the best I could knowing my curtains would hide any off angles I had to work with.

I took down the curtains, sanded the wood to grain it up a bit, and then wiped everything down. I also took the opportunity to wash the windows… which I haven’t done since I moved in. Eek!

I was expecting to have to use quite a bit of primer, but the wood didn’t soak it up as much as I thought it would. All in all I ended up with two coats of primer and two coats of pure white paint (leftover from our previous trim-painting-palooza).

In addition to painting the trim, I also added the black ties to the curtains. I'm not positive if I love them- what do you think? I had the ties leftover from curtains in my last apartment so I figured I'd give them a shot!

All that work and you can only see the top of the border! Ha! At least I know its under there… and the whole project only took about 3 hours (10-15 minutes to paint each coat and under 45 minutes of drying time in between coats).

Ta-da!

So what do you think- trim painting yay or nay? Curtain ties yay or nay? I think it’s all aces!

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