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June 20, 2013  —  Written by Julia 

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The final shipment of our kitchen tile comes in today and we’re moderately excited about it.  There are just a few last minute things we have on our kitchen to-do list, one being the windowsill above the sink. You see, it looks like this…after a good scrubbing:
All of the windowsills on the back of our house are severely stained and sun-damaged–which probably means we need new windows (we do–oy!), but for now, we are just tackling the windowsill. The previous owners must have been aware of the fact that the sills were looking rough because we found a brand new vinyl windowsill hanging out in the garage–2 years into living here. Wow. There was just one so we’ll have to buy more for the remaining windows, but we saw the same ones while browsing at Home Depot, so we’re in good shape for the shape we’re in (my dad always says that).
Back to the 10 minute task at hand.  To remove the old windowsill, we scored the crease and hammered it underneath once and it popped right off.
Chris cut down the new vinyl windowsill to size:
We applied a little bit of liquid nails on the ledge:
And bumped the new windowsill into place, pushing it snugly to the back first.
We still need to caulk it, which we’ll do once we get the tile in place, but other than that–the packaging says it is maintenance free. Here’s the before and after:
It was something small and simple, but it makes a nice, fresh difference in person.  Really white. Really shiny–which is making the neighboring dining room ones look even more dingy:
We’ll get to those in time.  For now, bring on the tile!

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What do you think?

  1. What a simple trick that makes such a big difference. I never would have thought to change out window sills.

  2. I wish builders would use some good old wood for sill when installing windows! I bet if you put your mind to it you could tile it while you’re doing the rest of the kitchen.

  3. Alison says:

    Ours get the sun damage also. Rob spray paints them white when they get really bad. We even leave our shades closed a lot on that side of the house and they still get sun damage.

  4. What a difference! How did that old windowsill get like that in the first place!? Blech.

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