We've just moved into a new house and I have a problem I've never had
before. Many of the windows are set low, with the sills about six
inches above the floor. These aren't real sills, of wood or stone,
but just drywall, like the walls.
I have two dogs, collies, who love to look out these windows. While
collies are not big droolers, they do still drool, particularly when
it's warm. Since this is the windy desert, there's also dust on the
sills, which turns into mud when wetted. So you can imagine what my
sills look like, dotted with circles of dried mud.
The sills, like the walls, are painted with flat interior paint
(Frazee) and I have to scrub harder than I'd like to clean them up. I
worry that the paint is going to wear off and that I'm going to end up
with exposed drywall. I'm also worried about blue stains from window
cleaner on my white paint.
Can I paint these sills with gloss, semi-gloss, satin, or eggshell
paint and have them be easier to clean and more stain-resistant?
Which finish would be a good compromise between easy cleaning and not
looking too different?
Should I get real sills, maybe marble or Corian, installed in the long
run? I spent most of my career working in a gov't facility that had
stone sills and I like the look, but I didn't have to maintain them or
pay for them.
Mary Shafer Retired aerospace research engineer
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