Inspiration: Black Door, White Trim

This old farmhouse of ours has beautiful dark wood doors that I sometimes imagine painting, BUT only for a few brief seconds, then I come to my senses and remember that I love them as-is. I LOVE how the dark wood hides everything and manages to look beautiful all the time. 

There are, however, four plain, white hollow doors in the newer addition of the house. Four doors that get a LOT of use every day. Fingerprints and dirt seem to gravitate to them and I get tired of constantly cleaning them and touching up the paint. These doors include the laundry room door, bathroom door, bathroom closet door and the door to the basement in the kitchen. 

I have been seeing black doors with white trim popping up everywhere and I am kind of obsessed with the look. I also love that it would hide so many fingerprints! The problem is, our doors are so plain. They need some moulding to add interest before I even think of painting. I could buy new doors, but that’s not really in my budget and I think with a little work I can just add my own moulding.  

Here is my inspiration…

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The Best 99¢ I Ever Spent…

First impressions are everything right? Our house is giving off a pretty sad first impression. Like a, ‘do I really want to go in there?’, ‘is this the house from Texas Chainsaw Massacre?’ kind of impression. I’m okay with some people not wanting to enter, but for the most part, I would like our home to be welcoming and pleasing to the eye.

IMG_1438The paint is peeling off of the metal siding in chunks. We need to add some landscaping. And the front door could use a fresh coat of paint. I decided to the easiest/fastest fix would be the front door. Our house is white, so I thought choosing a paint color for the front door would be a piece of cake…it wasn’t. My first thought was something dark to hide all the dirt and stains that will inevitably end up on the door, but navy and black ended up being too much of a contrast. Then I thought a fun, bright color would be nice, but they all seemed too bright next to the bright white.

I ended up with a nice teal with gray undertones. It’s happy…but not too happy. Like a blue that looks like it likes to have a good time, know what I mean??

photo (8)I wanted the color to be the same on both the front and back of the door. Luckily I haven’t picked a color for the entry way, so I was pretty much free to do whatever color I wanted. Of course now, I will have to choose my entry way wall paint accordingly.

166The first coat went on fast, I painted the whole door in about twenty minutes and left it to dry for twenty-four hours. That twenty-four hours turned into about a week while I got distracted with other projects…mostly painting trim in the kitchen. It’s taking forever. So this is what one coat looks like.

172 170174After I FINALLY got around to that much-needed second coat, I pulled out my favorite tool. My 99¢ razor blade scraper. It’s seriously one of my favorite tools. I hate prep work, especially taping things off before I paint. I know it’s necessary, and will save me a lot of time later in most cases, but I still hate it. And in this case (painting glass areas) taping would have been a complete waste of time. I used a latex paint which made for extra easy scraping.

088 091 090I mean, look at that beautiful mess on the floor. It’s one of my favorite sites.

086And look how pretty after all the scraping! The scraping took about 10 minutes on each side of the door. MUCH faster than having to tape off all of those triangles.

092 photo 1-013 photo 3-011As you can see we also went ahead and switched out the handle for a new one and added a deadbolt (which helps me sleep better at night).  I would really like to just take off that screen door, but the flies out here are out. of. control. so it’s really quite necessary. I do plan on replacing it one of these days though. Still a lot of work to do to make the front of the house more inviting, but at least we are one step closer!