The kitchen window was not only painted but puttied shut when I got the apartment. At one time a first-floor window like this might have been a security risk in New York, but not anymore. So I pried it open.
In removing the putty, I took off multiple layers of paint, uncovering the lovely galvanized metal underneath. I decided it looked better raw, especially with the pot rack mounted over it. A deeper shade of green on the wall highlights the arch and adds architectural depth.