My door dilemma is now d-o-n-e!! I am happy to say that the finished product is up and ready to be used!! When you do not have any doors up you quickly realize how very essential they are!!
It all started when I decided to begin the long and tedious task of repainting the trim in my house white. And of course, if you have white trim you cannot have a wood door…right? So, I went ahead and painted the doors white. The doors in our upper level are the stock, plain jane doors. They turned out looking like they were plastic.
Here is the before and then the plastic look!
At this point I had to decide whether to buy new doors or take matters into my own hands…I chose the latter.
I began by buying 3/8x11/16 half round molding..I think it is pine. I went with what was cheap knowing that it was going to be painted.
I did a lot of measuring and made a diagram for myself. I had two different sized doors and I wanted to make sure that they both looked proportional to each other. Since I have a “measuring deficiency” I have to say that I was pretty proud of myself during this process…it appeared that it was all going to work out!
Don’t feel like you have to comment on my diagram…I know it is very pretty.
Using my trusty miter box (love the miter box…seriously couldn’t live without it) I created frames that would allow me a larger box on top of the door and one smaller box on the bottom. I made sure that the handle of the door would be centered in between these two boxes.
Then I used liquid nails to adhere the frames to the doors.
Check out that corner!!
I was starting to think that they looked pretty good at this point. I kind of liked the contrast between the wood and the door. I also started to think that maybe I should paint the moldings white??? But, I had to stick with my original plan…white trim with BLACK doors. So the doors came down again and the painting began.
I used Pittsburgh Paints “black magic” in a semi-gloss.
After drying the doors went back up again. If only they had all been hollow core doors…those solid doors are buggers to be hauling around and getting hung back up.
And here are the results…
How embarrassing…my bed is not even made!! Oh, well!! I definitely had other way more important things on my mind.
Not the easiest doors to photograph with the semi-gloss paint and abundance of natural light. I wanted this picture to show that grand scheme of how the doors look in a room. I think that it makes a great impact and is definitely not something that you would expect to see. Let me know what you think…as always I love comments good or bad!
PS.. I just came back from a trip to Minneapolis and was scouting for crystal handles to go on my doors. The ones that I found are antique and I need to figure out a way to make them work in a modern door. If anyone has any ideas PLEASE let me know!
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