How To Use Window Grids To Add Curb Appeal To Your Home

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Curb appeal is so important! Check out the before and after to see what a difference adding something as affordable and simple as window grids to the windows in my home made.

two story brick house painted gray with two bay windows and front porch
You might wonder what window grids have to do with curb appeal.  Now, I know it’s a matter of personal preference, but I say everything!  Let’s put this into context by taking a look at our house not too long after we purchased it, before we ripped out the overgrown landscaping.  We found this house online and knew that unless we found something horrible about it when we looked at it, it was going to be ours.  It was love at first sight and I’m not kidding one little bit.

red brick two story ranch style house with large front porch

As much as I LOVED this house, there was always something missing to me.  Something that bugged me about the curb appeal of the exterior that I just couldn’t put my finger on.  So, we replaced the roof (thank you insurance!), beefed up the columns, painted the brick (Sherwin Williams Network Gray at 85% intensity), painted the shutters charcoal gray (Sherwin Williams Cyberspace) and warmed up the coolness of the gray by adding wood rocking chairs to our front porch.  But it still wasn’t quite right.  Close, but no cigar.  sigh

two story brick house painted gray with two bay windows and front porch

And then it occurred to me.  The windows were missing window panes!  I’d always known that our windows didn’t have them, but I never really paid a lot of attention to it until I was trying to figure out exactly what was bothering me.  It was especially obvious on the large part of the two bay windows.  They reminded me of gaping black holes.

Enter New Panes Creations and voila!  These window grids are soooo affordable!

two story brick house painted gray with two bay windows and front porch

gray painted brick house with bay window

Before, the windows had an empty look about them, which made the whole house look cold and uninviting.  Look at what a difference the New Pane Creations window pane grids make!

two story brick house painted gray with two bay windows and front porch

You can find all of the information that you need for ordering and installing these in your own home HERE, on the New Panes Creations site.  They have videos to walk you through the process, but I also thought it might be helpful to see a real-life consumer installing them in her own home, so I created a little video for you too!

We’ve been slowly working to improve the exterior of our home for four years.  It’s come a long, long way, but there’s still more to do – next up, landscaping!

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before and after windows with window grids added

I was compensated for this post by New Panes Creations©, but the experience and opinions are 100% my own.

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24 Comments

  1. Such a pretty transformation!

  2. Looks so much better with the grids! It amazes me how many of my neighbors have removed them from all their windows. ?

    1. Thanks, Gina! I think it’s the traditional aspect of them that I like. 😀 Does it make your house look more modern without them???

      1. My neighborhood is full of traditional or transitional homes so removing the grids doesn’t work in my opinion. Many homes have a huge palladium window above the front door and several have removed the grids and it is big black hole. One now has thin Venetian blinds in their palladium window…..closed all the time….it’s just not right. ?

  3. We recently replaced our old windows with new and I didn’t add grids to the new windows. Our house is not modern, but not quite traditional either. I found that from the outside, the grids seemed to be fighting with the plantation shutters and making everything look very jumbled. I didn’t noticed this until we replaced the blinds with shutters. We’ve always had window grids in every home we’ve owned, so this is a new look for us. When the shutters are open, it gives the appearance of “grids” because of the center bar that allows the shutters to open and close.
    BTW, I love the transformation of your home and agree 100%. The house does look more “complete” with the grids.

    1. That makes perfect sense! I never thought about how they would fight with horizontal lines of shutters.

  4. Marty Oravetz says:

    Wow, what a difference. These are gorgeous

  5. I love window grids and always thought there should be a way to add grids to windows that didn’t have them. Now there is! Such a difference. Thank you so much for showing this.

    1. Hi Jeannie. I was so excited when I ran across New Panes while doing a bit of research!

  6. Your home was pretty before, but charming now! Windows with grids look more traditional. My house is much smaller but I’m glad we have grids.

    1. Thank you, Susan! I think that was one of the things that bothered me before – the house has traditional lines, but the windows didn’t.

  7. Great looking transformation. I can see why you loved that house. I had to laugh about the add on panes. This was the only used home I have ever purchased and it had the add in panes. Well, that is until the kittens played in the windows and twisted them until the little clips popped out. On my to do list.

    1. Those little mischievous kitties! 😀

  8. Gorgeous! Would really like to do this to the two bedroom windows on the front of our house. Do you add them to the inside or outside? Our windows are a split window that you turn the cranks and the pair opens split vertically in the middle, if that makes sense.

    1. These are added to the inside of your windows. 😀

  9. Did you use the knife blade inserts, velcro, or double sided tape? I am concerned the blade might ruin the window seals. Transformation looks great!

    1. I used a combination. On our older windows, I had to use the double sided tape because there wasn’t any room to insert the knife blades. I used knife blades on our newer windows because I was able to slide them in without breaking any type of seal. I didn’t use any velcro at all.

  10. Thank you for this!!

  11. Did you have any difficulty raising the lower window once the “panes” were attached to the upper? I’m wondering about the pane thickness.
    Also, I do not see the code for the extra 10% off.
    Thank you.

    1. No, there’s no difficulty in raising or lowering the windows at all. The grids are much thinner than the frame of the windows themselves. The 10% off code was only valid for a limited time, so I’ll remove it from the post. Thank you for letting me know!

  12. Wow! I’m totally stunned at this transformation! They look amazing!