This post is a collaboration with FrogTape® as a part of the 2018 Paintover Challenge.
Last week, we shared the design plan of our guest room as a part of the Paintover Challenge with FrogTape®, and the first (really!) big change came with – what else? – a fresh coat of paint! A large part of our assigned Oasis theme was the use of the color green, and we both agreed that we wanted to go bold. Because we had already installed beadboard on the lower half of the room, it felt less daunting to choose a deep, saturated green for the walls above, and after squinting at countless swatches, we finally landed on Sherwin Williams Jasper.
In keeping with the trend of really going for it, we also painted the windows! A while back, we took a poll in Instagram Stories, asking if we should paint the wood casement windows black. Overwhelmingly, you all said, 100% yes! And although not all of the windows in Tree House are original to the home, the newer windows were still wood. A lot of our inspiration images for this little lake house showcase black windows, so we knew this was our chance to make that happen. We haven’t looked back.
The trickiest part of painting the windows was deciding where we wanted the black paint to start and stop, but once we decided that nothing past the jamb should receive the black paint (we used Sherwin Williams Black Magic), we got to taping! I’ve always been a bit of a risk taker when it comes to painting, often opting to freehand. That said, even I’m not brave enough to freehand a black line along bright white trim (no way), so this was the perfect job for FrogTape®. We used the FrogTape® Multi-Surface tape along the window frame, pressing down firmly along the way:
The key is to pull back the tape while the paint is still wet, so as soon as we had completed two coats of paint, it was time to pull it up! Have you ever wondered why FrogTape® works so well? It uses PaintBlock® Technology, which reacts to the water in latex paints. The PaintBlock creates a micro-barrier, making latex paint resistant to bleeding! How much fun is it to pull back that green tape and see a sharp paint line? (Because on the flip side, we’ve all been disheartened when we’ve used the wrong tape and have had to course-correct!)
To make painting the windows easier, we took them off the hinges and laid them on a protected tabletop. My biggest trick for painting each and every pane of glass is to use extra long pieces of tape along opposite sides and trim the excess with a sharp razor. Complete the remaining two sides using shorter pieces, and you’ll always have perfectly squared edges. Note: We’ll be sharing this exact tutorial in our Stories today!
While the windows were down, we boiled the paint off the hinges (a daunting task we plan on doing to every last painted hinge and piece of hardware throughout all of Tree House), and we updated the hardware with these fasteners + strikes – an upgrade from the drafty eye hooks that were formerly there. We actually purchased the fasteners during a clearance sale, and we decided to age them ourselves. We’ll share how we did that soon!
Finally, it was time to paint those walls green! We used the same Multi-Surface tape to go around the top of the beadboard, again, pressing down firmly where the edge of the tape would meet fresh paint. Our painting process for any room is always to trim first, roll second. We find that it helps to blend in any visible brush strokes.
Sherwin Williams Jasper is a dark, almost-black green, but it lights up with the sun. While I debated if we may have gone too dark, my mom compared it to a vintage chalkboard, which flipped the switch in my brain from so-so to lust – but spoiler, by the end of this process, both Scott and I were in love.
We’ll be sharing the final reveal of the room next week(!), as well as details on how to vote for your favorite makeover. FrogTape® will be donating $10,000 to an organization of the Paintover Challenge winner’s choice, and we’re hopeful to support One Tail at a Time, a Chicago based all-breed pet rescue that works tirelessly towards a no-kill Chicago through adoption, community outreach, assistance and education. In the meantime, we’ll be soaking up inspiration from the other participants!