Bold and Dark Trim

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I’m a bit embarrassed to say that it’s been over two months since I’ve shared a kitchen reno project and that the one I’m sharing today is the only one we’ve worked on. Geez! Apparently, we are the least motivated people in the history of DIY. Oh well, gotta live with it and I guess so do you. =)

Ok, so last time I shared a kitchen update it was to show you our Thrift Store Revamped Pendant Light.

Thrifted Light Upcycled

Pay attention to the window trim in the above picture.

I’ve anaylazed and asked for opinions on painting our window frames dark charcoal (or the inside part at least) and even wrote a post about gorgeous ones. Yep, don’t look at the date of that post… it doesn’t do anything to help me with how slow we are.

Well, I finally pulled the trigger and just went for it. We started with the door first. I knew that I could look at the door for a few days to judge if I wanted the windows painted as well. I liked the door dark, but just felt like it looked weird that the windows were still white. So, we went with painting the inside of the frames.

Dark Painted window frames in kitchen

DIY Black Trim In Kitchen

I really love it. Luke says that he doesn’t love or hate the windows but loves the door. But, I feel like it just gives the whole space a collective warm feel.

Everyone loves a good before and after, right?

Before and After White Trim on Windows and Black Trim on Windows

The space is definitely coming along. I have an idea for the hanging plant, we still have a few more layers to add to the wall to the right and baseboards still need to be installed but we are getting there.

What do you think? Did I make the right decision? Do you like the dark trim?

Painting your Trim dark is so easy! Look at this before/after!

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  1. says

    Oooo I LOVE it! I remember I said I wouldn’t do the windows, but I’m so glad you did, it really ties it together. Doing just the inside gives it a great little pop! Oh, and I love that table. What a great find.

    • says

      yay! I did the door first and just kinda looked at it. It just felt off to me without the windows, but I think doing the chunky part of the trim dark would have been a mistake. Thanks Char!

    • says

      Thanks! I had used the charcoal on a dresser and a metal cabinet last year and just loved it, so that’s the only reason I knew it wouldn’t read black. They are tricky though, because when I was picking it out last year I had like 20 different samples!

  2. says

    You SO made the right decision!! It looks amazing…the whole space feels totally updated with this one simple difference. I’ve been toying for a while about doing black window trim in our playroom and I think you just convinced me! (Though, yeah, it will probably be years still before I pick up that brush. I may have you beat for project completion slowness. We should actually put this to a test sometime, that would be hilarious. Totally boring for our blog readers, obviously, but hilarious none the less!) LOVE it!

  3. says

    Looks fantastic! I prefer darker shades myself, but the way you’ve effortlessly incorporated the elements of this design into your layout works wonders for this space. It almost makes me want to convert to cottage style decoration. lol 😀

  4. says

    WOW!!! SUCH a transformation Ashley! I LOVE it! Definitely pinning and sharing! Thanks so much for linking up the the Frugal Crafty Blog Hop my friend!

  5. says

    This looks fabulous! I’ve been toying with the idea of paining our interior doors black. Are you doing all of your doors and windows or just the ones in your nook? I’d be interested in seeing how the rest turn out if you do more.

    Great job!

    • says

      We did another window as well (there is one directly to the left in the kitchen). Our kitchen is in demo mode right now, so I didn’t show it but it does pull well together with the other ones. Hope that helps!

  6. says

    I was amazed by the door…I had to look like 50 times at the before and after on the trim! It looks great! Question about your door, though. How did you paint it??
    Thanks in advance!

    • says

      Thanks Lyndsey! I lightly sanded, rubbed on a deglosser, primed with a brush and rolled with a small roller and then repeated with two coats of charcoal paint. Hope that helps!

  7. says

    It really does look great! I’ve been struggling with the decision to do this too! Hopefully soon! Visiting from 36th AVE blog. Have a great weekend!

  8. says

    I’ve been really loving dark trim and doors lately! If I didn’t have a rental, I’d definitely be adding it, too. Your’s turned out great. It adds such an interesting and unique look to that room. Great choice!

  9. says

    I never would have thought this would look so good. Love it! The gray really adds a beautiful depth to the windows and really makes them look “framed”.

  10. says

    Wow what a difference just painting the trim makes! It’s crazy how seemingly “little” changes like that make such a big impact! Looks beautiful!


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