Black Window Alternative
Do you love the look of black windows? I do but the price for them is outrageous so I have a great hack for you and it's really quite easy! Just trim your white windows with wide black trim, and there you go. You get the look of black windows without the added cost.
I used 5" all weather boards and painted them jet black with a semi gloss exterior paint. We used a brad nail gun to attach them to the siding. This is a great, inexpensive way to add curb appeal to your home.
I also added the black trim around the front door and garage door. This created a cohesive look to the entire exterior of our home.
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I have a client who purchased black windows for his new house build. Before the house was even completed, the paint started peeling off his new windows. It was a nightmare. This can also happen if you decide to paint your existing white windows with black paint. So, be aware that could be a problem for you.
I now actually prefer this trim method over real black windows. If you decide to give this hack a try, send me pictures of your finished project!
I've had a lot of people ask for links to the boards. Click here for a link to the boards at Lowes.
Below is an extra little video with a bit more explanation of how I attached the trim.
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Till next time!
1/14/2022 10:57:55 pm
What a genius idea. Might just try it out on my house.
1/27/2022 07:16:57 pm
Beautiful job! What type of white board and batten siding did you use on the house with the black trim around the windows? I love the look!
4/3/2022 11:19:43 pm
Hi Kathy - we used a vinyl board and batten on our house. The black trim really added to the overall look.
7/2/2022 12:43:31 pm
Thank you for posting pictures of the black trim around your white windows! Looks really sharp snd this is the alternative I’d been thinking about.
9/8/2022 08:22:49 pm
Thank you Robin, I am very happy with the overall look.
8/3/2022 12:20:11 pm
I just had my house repainted white. I would really like to paint the trim around all the windows black to match the door and screen door.
8/10/2022 07:14:56 am
Hi Catherine - can you share the picture with me?
8/10/2022 07:39:53 am
Not sure how to attach photo?
8/11/2022 08:32:45 am
You can email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8/21/2022 12:05:45 am
Hi! What boards are these? I’m not finding them on the Home Depot website
9/22/2022 10:30:53 pm
Here is a link to the boards I used.
8/27/2022 04:24:22 pm
What weather boards and where did you purchase? Thank you so much
9/22/2022 10:32:16 pm
Hi Anne - you can find the boards at this link:
10/17/2022 10:44:36 am
This looks great. We are living in an all white, vinyl sided house. It looks like a big salt box. Once the weather warms up again, I am definitely doing exactly this!
11/5/2022 04:26:29 pm
I'd love to see a before and after picture if you decide to add the trim!
11/22/2022 04:07:32 pm
I love this look. We are building a house and would like your opinion to whether this look would still look as good with a red brick coloured siding?
11/24/2022 08:46:39 pm
Yes I believe it would. Can you email a picture of your house to me? I’ll do a mock-up for you with the black trim.
1/15/2023 10:24:11 am
I was curious as to why you didn’t paint the inner trim black and instead kept it what?
3/26/2023 11:14:33 am
We built one yesterday, glued it overnight with xstong pic glue and it isn't working. How did you put it together?
5/5/2023 07:17:28 pm
I am so excited to do this to my house! What size of nails did you use? The boards seem pretty thick. Thanks!
5/26/2023 03:17:49 am
The idea of using wide black trim to achieve the look of black windows is a brilliant and cost-effective solution. The author's suggestion of using 5" all-weather boards painted jet black with a semi-gloss exterior paint is a practical approach. The addition of black trim around the front and garage doors further enhances the cohesive appearance of the entire exterior. The cautionary note about the potential peeling of paint on actual black windows is valuable, as it highlights the advantage of this trim method. Overall, this hack offers an affordable way to add curb appeal to any home, and the author's willingness to share their experience and provide links to purchase the boards is commendable.
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