The master bedroom in Tree House has come so far! It’s the only space in the home that we could even consider (somewhat) complete, only in the sense that it has baseboards. And window trim! And painted walls! And, as of a couple of weekends ago, black windows and a black French door! Those first few strokes of black paint on white can feel intimidating, but my goodness, we are so glad to forged ahead.
All the windows and doors in Tree House are wood, although some of the windows – including the one above the bed – are a more recent edition. There are two adorable casement windows in the guest room and bath, and keeping in the theme of our home, the new window for the kitchen(!) will also be wood. Only having owned homes with vinyl windows to this point, we were excited at the possibility of being able to paint our windows whatever color we wished – and by ‘whatever color we wished,’ I mean, white (like the trim) or black (for pretty contrast). Many of our inspiration photos showcase black window frames (we’re constantly bookmarking favorites as we scroll through our Instagram feed), so we turned to you and took an IG poll. Should we?, we asked. Overwhelmingly, you all said yes!
You’ll notice that after ripping off all the trim throughout the house, this bedroom has the new, beefier trim installed! While we were at it, we added beadboard and trim to the guest room, too. (Here’s a past tutorial!) Everything was caulked, spackled and painted white (by no means do I want to downplay the amount of effort that takes – phew!), and the following day, we taped off the windows and cracked open a fresh can of paint in the color Benjamin Moore’s Black Magic.
We shared a sneak peek of the progress on Instagram (by the way, we’ve been doing more in-progress shots over there on our Stories!), and we received a lot of questions asking about our process. Aside from carefully taping off the windows, hardware and day-old painted trim, I just used my favorite 2″ short handled angle brush to apply 2-3 coats of black paint over the course of the day. Although these windows and doors had already been painted in the past, lucky for us, the old paint was relatively clean and thin. When we move on to the French doors that lead into the bedroom, well, that’s another story for another day. (It’s gloopy and drippy, and that pair will require more attention when the time comes!)
We used Valspar Duramax exterior paint in a satin finish, and we had it color matched to Sherwin Williams Black Magic. Black Magic is just one step below a true black, and it leans ever-so-slightly warm, which we were looking for. It’s a gorgeous color! That said, I’m not convinced we liked the quality of the Duramax, but time will tell. It felt slightly tacky after several hours of dry time, which had (and still has) me worried. That said, we’ve used exterior grade Valspar Reserve with excellent results (Reserve, we love you so), and I wish we would have taken that route! Sadly, our store was out of the exterior Reserve, so we took a recommendation from the sales rep. Lesson learned.
For the doors you see below, I did something I swore I would never do, and that’s paint the hinges! I know, I know, but they were a bizarre shade of cream, and our thought was to paint them now – simply so they don’t stand out – and replace them with proper black hinges later. But once I finished painting the hinges, we were surprised at how well they blended in! You guys, dare I say that they looked pretty great? We might replace the hinges down the road, but it’s not a priority at this point. (Shame on us.)
Let’s do a quick before and after on this side of the room!
French doors before
French doors after
The windows were only slightly tricky because we needed to make a decision on where to stop the black paint. We used FrogTape to create a clean line along the interior casing, opting to paint the mullions black as well. We were looking to create a cohesive feel across all three windows, rather than painting the frames of each individual window:
We thought the ‘newer’ hardware on the windows would bother us, but once everything was painted, we don’t mind them! And because this is a bedroom, we do have plans to add window treatments that will allow us to sleep in. (More on that in a later post – there was a lot to think about with that decision!)
Bedroom windows before
Bedroom windows after
Our plan is to carry the black-doors-and-windows-theme throughout the rest of the home, but we’ll take them one room at a time. The master is still very, very far from being rubber stamped – the closet doors conceal a mess of kitchen supplies and weekend necessities, we’re on the hunt for the perfect rug and dresser, and we have plans for a doggy nook in that funny recess – but it’s always a welcome retreat on the other side of the drive from Chicago.
wall color: Valspar Heirloom Pink | trim and ceilings: Valspar Ultra White | black windows and door: Sherwin Williams Black Magic | king bed | linen duvet cover | linen sheets | chambray shams | velvet pillows | end table | USB task lamp | trinket tray | plant basket | ceiling fan