Monday, September 23, 2013

DIY Repairing and Repainting Old Windows {Guest Post}

The shabby chic look is all the rage at the moment, and it’s easy to see why. Not only does it look fabulous and add a real touch of individuality to your home, but it’s also very achievable on a budget. All you need is some existing pieces and a little imagination to have your home looking fabulous in no time at all! If your windows are in need of a bit of a makeover, we’d highly recommend taking this route. Let’s take a look at how it can be achieved.
Firstly, any damage should be fixed to give you a clean slate to work with. The distressed look may be in fashion, but it’s never wise to neglect maintenance of the windows in your home. Damaged windows can lead to increased energy bills and can also compromise the safety of your home. A screwdriver or drill can be used to remove small amounts of rotten wood, though if there’s damage of more than 10%, it’s worth calling in the professionals. Click here to find out about double glazing from Realistic UK. Sometimes, it’s necessary to use expert help. You may be able to do small jobs yourself, but you need to avoid doing any further damage to your home. Always err on the side of caution in this respect!
So now that your windows are structurally sound, how can you make them look fabulous? There are many options here, and it all boils down to your personal tastes. Sticking with our shabby chic theme, we’ll talk you through how this look can be achieved. Firstly, use a wood preservative to protect the base and help to avoid any other problems further down the line. Next, choose a paint in your favourite colour and apply to the frame. Once it’s dry, you can create a distressed look by gently sanding down the paint. The result can be truly stunning, and is complemented brilliantly by adding a vase of fresh flowers into your window.
One of the benefits of this distressed look is that it won’t need to be updated quite so often. It’s supposed to look shabby, so a little wear and tear will only add to the overall effect. Still though, it’s recommended that you carry out any maintenance and do a refresher coat of paint once every couple of years.
Have you ever carried out your very own window DIY project? What tips would you pass on to others who are thinking about doing the same?
This article was brought to you by Ruth Richards on behalf of Realistic UK. Realistic UK provides conservatories and double glazing to homes in Exeter and Plymouth and the surrounding areas.

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