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Painted Black Window Trim

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For the past several weeks I’ve been busy updating our combined kitchen and dining area with paint and adding some of our personal style with lighting and shelving, that I shared here. We have two large casement windows in this space, one over the kitchen sink and one in the dining area, and I’ve been wanting to do some kind of makeover on them during this redo to showcase how beautiful they are.

Painted black window trim in the kitchen. DIY | farmhouse www.chatfieldcourt.com

Both are original to the house, which was built in 1946, and they look like they’ve been painted many times but they’re in great shape.

Actually they don’t open, so that’s a bummer, but other than that they’re in great shape. πŸ™‚

Painted black window trim in the kitchen. DIY | farmhouse | interior www.chatfieldcourt.com

They’re currently painted white but I’ve had a bee in my bonnet since we moved in that I wanted to paint them black. Every time I brought it up though, the hubs would look at me like I was losing my marbles (which is nothing new πŸ˜‰ ), so I would let it go.

Giving this space a makeover has rekindled my desire, so I went on Pinterest to look for inspiration and found so many beautiful spaces with painted black window trim. It was just the boost I needed to do my own.

Please pin from original source.

Painted black window trim in the kitchen. www.chatfieldcourt.comHGTV

 Painted black window trim in the kitchen. DIY | farmhouse | interior www.chatfieldcourt.com

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Painted black window trim in the kitchen. DIY | farmhouse | interior www.chatfieldcourt.comHouse and Home

Painted black window trim in the kitchen. DIY | farmhouse | interior www.chatfieldcourt.comBoston Globe

Painted black window trim in the kitchen. DIY | farmhouse | interior www.chatfieldcourt.comHGTV

Painted black window trim in the kitchen. DIY | farmhouse | interior www.chatfieldcourt.comHomebunch

Pretty great, right?

The only problem is that I am trying to paint them in the winter and you can’t paint metal when it’s cold out. They need several coats and I’ve had to wait for warmer temps. It’s taking me longer than I had hoped but I’m excited about the change they’ll make in our kitchen.

We’re supposed to have beautiful, and warm, weather this weekend so you know what I’ll be doing. πŸ™‚

What do you think about painted black window trim? Is it something you would try?

Thanks so much for stopping in and I hope you have a great weekend!

Do you love Pinterest too? Check out what I’ve been pinning.  

My windows in the kitchen are finished and I love how they turned out!

A dining room filled with furniture and vase of flowers on a table

DIY Painted Black Window Frames

Check out another project I’ve finished in the kitchen.

Easy DIY kitchen island makeover with gray paint. www.chatfieldcourt.com Easy Kitchen Island Makeover


  1. Looks awesome. What did you use to paint/prep?

  2. Chelsea B says:

    Hi I don’t know if someone has asked this question or not yet but… those Roman Shades… where can I purchase them? Or something similar!

    1. Hi Chelsea! Are you talking about the fabric roman shades with the black border? That photo is actually from another site (their link is right under the photo) so I have no idea where they got them from. Sorry.

  3. Margaret Robinson says:

    I love this black trim on the windows – a great (and patient job)! However, I have to say that a lot of people have screens on the inside like we do and I initially thought painting wouldn’t work. That was until I realized all I had to do was paint the frames of the screens and that was much easier to do than painting the window trim and less expensive to replace if I changed my mind.

    Thanks for the idea and with a little “thinking about it” will get it done shortly. MMR

    1. Great idea Margaret. Thanks so much for sharing it. We didn’t have screens in the casement windows so I never even gave it a thought. I’m loving my black windows and I’m so glad I did it. I’m thinking about doing one other casement window that’s in the guest bedroom but I’m still undecided.

      Best of luck with yours. I’d love to hear about it after you’re done. πŸ™‚

  4. Love it! Can’t wait to see it when it’s finished! What kind of paint are you going to use and what shade of black? I am getting ready to do the same thing! Blessings!

  5. I have been searching for those lights above window…….any suggestions where I can find them?

  6. Do it!!! I love the look of just the sashes being painted black, but the trim the same color as the rest of the trim. I see it all the time in Maine on the coast and just love the look. I’m going to do that same treatment to our next house.

    1. Black painted windows are a sophisticated look, that’s for sure. I love them too and I’m looking forward to enjoying mine (if I ever get done). πŸ˜‰

  7. I think black windows would add a lot of sophistication and drama. Can’t wait to see them.

    1. Thanks Rita! I’m hoping they look as good as the inspiration photos. πŸ˜‰

  8. The Marbles have been gone for years!!! πŸ™‚

  9. Pam Kaufman says:

    I’ve had a few projects where my husband wasn’t completely on board, but in the end he has always liked my suggestions turn out. I say go ahead and paint them. If you find you don’t like them you can always re-paint them (but I bet you’ll like them).

    1. I don’t get why he questions me (still), I’ve never disappointed him before. LOL I guess he just wants to be sure I’m sure (or something like that).

      I’m excited for the change and hope they turn out as well as I’ve envisioned them all of these months.

      Thanks for stopping in, Pam. Happy weekend!

  10. Karen Baumgardner says:

    I’m just getting ready to do the same thing in some of my rooms (1895 house) and going for the farmhouse look, which it is. Thinking of painting the doors in black, too. I’ve loved the look for many years..going to designer showhomes in the Chicage area -old and new- and this look is often found in very high end homes. You’ll love it, it puts the focus on what is beyond the window, so make sure your view is pretty!

    1. Ooooh, great minds, Karen. πŸ˜‰ I’ve seen it before too but never thought I could do it, until now. I’m excited about the change.

      We do have great views out of both windows, that’s one of the reasons I love these windows so much. πŸ™‚

      Good luck with yours. Painting the doors black, as well as the windows, sounds awesome. I’m sure it will be stunning.

  11. I was surprised to see how sharp the black trim is in the pictures. I think that if there is other black in the room it would be a great look. Are you going to paint your island black? The black trim will accent the dark grout in the floor. I would use red as an accent color. (I love red.)

    1. I’m hoping that it’s the kind of change I’m looking for. I actually painted the island a while ago, the pic I shared is from before we moved in, so I think it will look great with the windows.

      Thanks for stopping in and sharing your ideas. Happy weekend!

  12. I had the same thoughts as others, no way, but when I saw that first picture I was sold. I think the black will look fabulous with your whits cabinets. I have also noticed that black and batural wood in dining furniture is big in decor. Can’t wait to see your finish.

    1. I’m just hoping that it turns out the way I see it in my mind. πŸ˜‰ If it doesn’t…ugh…

      Thanks so much for stopping in Debbie. Hope you have a great weekend!

  13. Debra Christensen says:

    Absolutely!! I painted all of my interior doors black and love it!! It is very sophisticated and elegant.

    1. It’s great to hear from someone who’s done this. So happy that you love it! Thanks for sharing.

  14. susan scimeca says:

    I think its a great idea… from all the examples you have posted it looks great and makes a great graphic statement with all the straight vertical and horizontal lines. I say GO for it! πŸ˜‰ (And just so you know, my husband would be thinking the same thing…lol)

    1. Thanks Susan. I’m excited to see it all done and the room back together. πŸ™‚

      Glad to hear that I’m not the only one with a doubting husband. I’m doing all the work though so he really doesn’t have a say in this one. LOL

  15. I love the black. I’ve been thinking of doing the same thing to my patio door. I would love to have a new door but that’s not in the budget, so I’m hoping paint will make it seem new and different. I too have to wait for warm weather (Indiana) so am anxious to make the change. You will have warm weather long before I do so good luck and I hope we’re both happy with the result.

    1. I think that new paint on any door will make it look great. I had some pretty bad doors in Illinois, and it wasn’t in the budget to change them, but paint really made a difference. I’d love to hear how your door turns out.

      Thanks for visiting, Pat. Hope you have a great weekend!

  16. Cindy Marszalek says:

    I think it will be stunning! You have the perfect application for it, especially with white window casings.

    1. Thanks Cindy! I’m excited about the change. I just hope it turns out the way I’ve envisioned it. πŸ™‚

  17. I’m a bit afraid it’ll be too over-powering, since you have a lot of window there and a smaller kitchen, but still I can’t wait to see how it turns out! I like some other pictures where it’s just the inner sections.

    1. It’s a pretty big room so I’m not afraid of them overpowering it. Of course I’ve been wrong before but it’s just paint. πŸ˜‰ It will be a huge change, that’s for sure.

      Thanks so much for stopping in, Ann.

      1. Oh good! I can’t wait to see it. All your decor has been wonderful so far!

  18. My first thought was NO! But after seeing the pictures, I think YES! However, I think I would do something different with the green on the island once the windows are done. Maybe do it black too? And then use pops of color with other items?

    Whatever you do, it will look great!

    1. Hi Linda. The pic of the kitchen, with the green island, was taken before we moved in. I’ve since given the island a makeover so I think it will look great with the windows (I posted about it a month or two ago?). Anyway, I’m excited for the change. πŸ™‚

      Thanks so much for stopping in.

      1. Guess I missed that post somehow, will go back and look! πŸ™‚

        1. Oh yeah – it’s gonna be GOOD!!

          1. Thanks Linda. I hope so. πŸ™‚

  19. I love that look. As a matter of fact, I wrote an article for a design company last year and used that photo from House and Home as a representation of my dream kitchen. I know it will look great. Can’t wait to see it all come together!

    1. Isn’t that pic from House and Home gorgeous? I just hope my windows look half as good as the one in that lovely kitchen.

  20. I have to say that I thought it was a terrible idea. UNTIL I saw the photos! Gorgeous!
    I am excited to see your photos when you finish.

    1. The pictures are gorgeous, Colette. I just hope mine turn out that well. πŸ˜‰

  21. Brenda Lane says:

    Brenda, Florida

    I think you are on the right page! I never realized how stunning the black looks. Go for it girl!! I just love Pinterest.

    1. The black is stunning, isn’t it Brenda? I’m excited to see them all done.

      Hope you have a great weekend!

  22. I never liked black trim until recently – I think the updated black is much better. I love the Pinterest photos! Go for it! I can’t wait to see it.

    1. I always loved the look but never thought about painting my own until we moved into this house. I’m excited to finish so I can share with you all.

  23. Kristi…The windows will look fabulous, painted black! GO FOR IT!…(And it’s only paint!)

    1. That’s my exact thought, Sharon. It’s only paint and I can change it if I don’t like it. πŸ™‚

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