15-Nov-2015 18:56

Updating old doors

It’s the perfect way to break up all the white and gray in our home.

That meant that all I’d need for this project is a $12 piece of 1/4″ (actual thickness = 0.2″) plywood from Lowe’s.For the foyer I used the $30 cabinet-grade 1/4″ plywood because I wanted to stain it.The $12 plywood is in the molding/paneling section (next to the beadboard) and it is pink toned on one side, which is perfect for painting.I’ve already covered the basic method for installing the strips which you can read about in my foyer door post. just measure and cut, spacing your horizontal pieces out evenly, and secure with a nail gun.Some of the nails will stay in the door casing which you can just hammer back in, and break off the ones stuck in the molding. Either way, it’s pretty much smooth sailing from here on out so I can relax for a couple weeks before moving onto the next big project. Then clear the built up caulk from the door casing and the trim pieces so it’s nice and clean for reinstallation: I decided to hang the door back up first before painting it because 1) it was 100° in the garage, and 2) I could turn on the TV in our room to make it more enjoyable.

It really doesn’t matter either way, you just have to be slightly more careful to not paint the casing.

I used the same black that’s on the kitchen and front doors, except in a satin finish—Valspar’s Dark Kettle Black. It’s a little difficult to see the detail through photos (I have to bump up the exposure a bit, hence the grainy-ish pics) but it’s really lovely in person.

After I painted the walls an almost white/super light gray shade, it just turned into the hallway of no color.

I knew I needed to do something with the cheap hollow core doors but didn’t want to break the bank. It was simple enough to do to the rest of the doors in the house.

In a perfect world, they would all be beautifully constructed and detailed solid wood, but there’s no way I’m spending that much on all of the doors in the house. I briefly considered making them all stained wood, but that requires veneer (which is quite costly), so I decided to go with paint instead.

I ran through a few gray options but decided they would compete with the gray in the floors, and then I saw this from Dear Lillie and was absolutely sold on black: There’s just something about black doors that brings character, richness and sophistication to a space.

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