Think through window placement in your home

One benefit of not rushing to fix up the rental property is we have had time to think. Each time I’ve walked up the stairs, I’ve noticed how dark it is in the upstairs hallway. Granted, there is no lighting right now, but there is a complete lack of natural light. There will be a window in the upstairs bathroom, but it is at the end of the hallway, and when the door is closed there will be zero natural light.

Ross and I talked about adding a window on the exterior wall, on the opposite end of the hallway from the bathroom, at the top of the stairs. This will light up the staircase and light up the hallway, even when the bathroom door is closed.

We are also adding a window on the far end of the kitchen, near the back door. This will add light in the rear of the house, near where you enter the downstairs bathroom. It will also shine more light into the kitchen, which has only one window (above the sink) right now.

We are building out big chunky trim around all of our windows...it's a huge improvement already.

We are building out big chunky exterior trim around all of our windows…it’s a huge improvement already.

How Ross feels about my picture-taking ;)

How Ross feels about my incessant picture-taking 😉

Of course we found some cheap windows…because we’re frugal. We noticed the ReStore always has tons of windows in great condition. The only problem was the windows we wanted were beige/almond. Which explains why they were at the ReStore…. #wink. Ross was adventurous and wanted to try priming and painting them with Rustoleum Vinyl Paint. It looks amazing. Honestly, we are super impressed with the result. We were wary of using paint as the windows will be exposed to the outdoors but after seeing the result I would not hesitate to do this again. Of course we’ll have to post updated pictures after some severe winter weather and see how they hold up, but I’m 99% confident they will. My advice would be to save your dough and paint vinyl windows instead of replacing them!

The new window for the back of the kitchen being painted

The new window for the back of the kitchen being painted

The new window for the staircase being painted

The new window for the staircase being painted

Windows taped and covered with plastic for painting

Windows taped and covered with plastic for painting

Rust-oleum bonding spray primer we used

Rust-oleum bonding spray primer we used

Rust-oleum specialty vinyl spray paint we used

Rust-oleum specialty vinyl spray paint we used

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