After I removed all the riffraff around the window, I was left with a lot of holes. Which meant the next step before painting is patching. The supplies:
I started with the center of the window, since it had the most holes and a ridge where a piece of wood used to be.
First, I sanded the sills a little to rough up the surface, take the shine off, and remove any bits and pieces. Then, I took a little bit of the patching plaster out of the container with the putty knife, and smushed it into the holes. I ran the putty knife over it again to smooth the patching plaster out, and make it level with the surrounding area.
Here, I’ve filled in the top two divots, but the bottom one still needs to be filled.
I was having so much fun patching the window, that I ended up running a layer over the whole piece! There were a few paint drips that I wasn’t having luck sanding off, and with all the holes and divots, this made sense to do. The original paint is bright white, while the patching plaster is off-white.
Then I reached up to patch the holes on the top sill. So smooth!
The top of the window got attacked next.
This picture makes it really obvious where the patching plaster was applied. The bright white is the existing paint, and the off-white is the patching plaster.
Remember when I said that the bottom of the fire escape gate was gross? I wasn’t kidding!
It just took a little cleaning and some patching to become good as new.
Good thing I had so much fun patching up the window, because the walls are just as bad!