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Yizi
Covering old windows with drywall
Yizi

I am renovating a 1920s bungalow. I have windows in a room that is being renovated to two rooms, a bathroom and a closet. I am unable to remove the windows because of historic preservation rules, nor do I want to remove them because I would like to retain the exterior look. I have heard that it is possible to remove the interior trim around the windows, seal the windows with caulk, paint the window glass black on the inside and insert batt insulation at the window glass and drywall over the windows, creating the needed wall space on the interior. Does anyway have experience with this particular method? If so, please tell me how you accomplished it. Does the batt insulation take care of the potential problem of the windows sweating and moisture buildup? (The windows are original single paned.

Important to note so that others don't waste their typing time suggesting that I keep the windows for natural light - The windows will not be kept for natural light.

Thanks

Fencepost
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Fencepost

The only reason I could see to do this is if you had no choice but to install a partition wall perpendicular to and meeting the window. Otherwise, keep the window, even if it ends up in an odd spot in the room. A window in a closet isn't a bad thing, either. Are you sure that the only layout that works requires covering the window? Maybe you can put a jog in the wall a foot away from the window.

If you go the black paint route, test it on a scrap of glass to see what it will look like. You might also be able to use vinyl film like they use for making signs.

sabo4545
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sabo4545

I agree that you should try to keep the windows if possible in the plan as natural light is better than artificial light even in a closet a window can be beneficial. If you must cover you can paint the glass. I worked for a glass company for a summer when I got out of college. We used automotive under body coating to paint the inside of the glass that had to be blacked out. We did this for curtain wall where the glass spanned between two floors.

Mike

Yizi
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Yizi

Saboe and Fencepost;

Thank you for your responses. The windows will not be kept for natural light; however, if you've had any experience in covering up old windows to allow for more wall space, I would greatly appreciate hearing how it was accomplished.

Saboe: Thank you for the recommendation on using automotive paint.

havanagranite
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havanagranite

a nice easy way to do it is as you said, take off the window trim that is on the outside of the opening. measure 1/2 inch in from the outside edge of your drywall and fasten in a piece of wood all the way around. I would use screws, so if you ever want to take them out you can without any problem. insulate the opening. then cut a piece of drywall the size of the opening and screw it into place. then you can tape the edges and finish as you would any other drywall joint.

havanagranite
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havanagranite
Yizi wrote:

I am renovating a 1920s bungalow. I have windows in a room that is being renovated to two rooms, a bathroom and a closet. I am unable to remove the windows because of historic preservation rules, nor do I want to remove them because I would like to retain the exterior look. I have heard that it is possible to remove the interior trim around the windows, seal the windows with caulk, paint the window glass black on the inside and insert batt insulation at the window glass and drywall over the windows, creating the needed wall space on the interior. Does anyway have experience with this particular method? If so, please tell me how you accomplished it. Does the batt insulation take care of the potential problem of the windows sweating and moisture buildup? (The windows are original single paned.

Important to note so that others don't waste their typing time suggesting that I keep the windows for natural light - The windows will not be kept for natural light.

Thanks

there shouldn't be any problem in this area as long as you have your insulation tight and no gaps

Raymosb
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Raymosb

Yizi,

Did you have luck with the windows? My wife and I are contemplating doing the same thing in our 1926 bungalow. We have a laundry room that has two windows that we'd like to drywall over as we're going to install a whole wall of cabinets in this area. We're in a tight spot because our house only has two closets so we need the storage space as we're planning to start a family!

If you have any pics that would be awesome.

Thanks,

Ray

turnerd
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turnerd

Did anyone ever get a good solution for covering up windows on the inside but not the outside?

Fencepost
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Fencepost

Old Thread Alert! The original poster is probably long gone and won't be coming back.

Covering up windows like this isn't at all common in residential work. It's very common in commercial work, where the building owner/lessee wants the appearance of a glass wall out front, but they don't want a wall of windows inside. Or where they want the appearance of floor-to-ceiling windows outside, but want to have an apron wall on the inside.

It's pretty simple. Paint the window black (automotive paint or undercoating is best; keep in mind that the paint will be exposed to sunlight), and cover over it with regular framing, insulation, and drywall.

There's no reason it can't be done in residential work, EXCEPT you must not cover code-required egress windows.

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