The more we've done to improve the outside of our house, I'm noticing more and more our ugly windows. Although I can't help shield the ugliness from our neighbours, I have been able to shield the ugliness inside our house.
Stepping back a bit - some of you suggested I paint the frames of the windows on the outside. You see, it had crossed our minds to do that. However, it's a huge job to paint; it has to be done in oil since they are outdoor & metal, and there is a lot of taping involved, taping off each window pane from the metal. I feel ill thinking of the job. We could hire out, but really, it's a waste of money because I already want to rip these windows out and eventually we will, so any money spent now on a temporary fix is delaying doing the job properly.
Unfortunately, it's obvious from the outside, but there are ways of decorating inside to hide them. Hello Venetian blinds. Relatively inexpensive, and if done properly, they are a saviour. The beauty of these was that when down, they hide completely the windows. But you can let light in by tilting the blinds, and yet you don't have to see the window. When we bought, they were the most economical way to get privacy right away. So, you can see that these blinds have been our choice since day one.
We went with Levolor Blinds from Lowes and have been super happy with them. I'd love to be able to raise them up more in places like the Living Room and the nursery, but unfortunately the windows are so hideous that I don't. We've had some people in to give us some quotes on replacing them - so if anyone has any recommendations on Toronto window suppliers we'd love to know!