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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

My Project

I found myself with a "day off" yesterday as Kendall and Landon were spending time with their little sister, Raegan, who celebrated a first birthday. I have had a project on my mind for quite a while and decided to go for it! I read several decorating/home decor blogs and I have seen a trend to painting interior doors. Rhoda at Southern Hospitality was the first blogger I was aware of to post on this new trend and I know Rhoda's house is beautiful so I decided to give it a shot here at Nanaland. We have lived in our townhouse for five years now and slowly but surely I am taking it from Builder Beige to making it home sweet home. Our house is also built in a Shot Gun style meaning that when you enter the front door you can see all the way to the back door. I have used several decorating tricks to keep my house from appearing to be a bowling alley.:) And this project will fall into that category of tricks.


Here is the before shot...A plain back door leading to the garage. In fact you can see out into the garage through the glass on the door. If I had my choice, I would have a solid door there. I did use Gallery Glass on the windows to make the panes appear to resemble "old wavy glass".


And here is the "after". With the help of a paint specialist at Sherwin Williams, I came up with the color, Tricorn Black. Apparently I am not the only person who is painting interior doors! Some bloggers have painted all their interior doors black but I decided to just paint two doors in my home. So where is the other door?

I went for the front door to add some character to the room. Unfortunately I did not have a Before picture of this door but it was very vanilla painted in all white.

I was very pleased with how my project turned out. As most decorators will tell you, every room needs a bit of black to ground it.  Another project is completed but as you home owners know, it will not be the last one.

10 comments:

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Looks great, Arlene! Glad you tried it out. That Tricorn Black is a great color.

Blackberry Lane said...

What a nice difference the black makes. I love it. Our new home has white trim but a black front door and we love it.
Speaking of painting, I had used a magnetic wreath holder on my front door and it removed the black paint!!! Thankfully, the painters are still on the street and we paid them to touch it up after their work day. Live and learn.

31ea0b50-77e0-11e3-88d0-000bcdcb8a73 said...

I thought that would be what you did. Now you have a portfolio if you want to start hiring out to "do doors."

spgraben said...

I thought that would be what you did. Now you have a portfolio if you want to start hiring out to "do doors."

Cranberry Morning said...

I especially love the combination of black and white (not to mention that gorgeous glass!) on the front door.

Teresa Russell said...

I think the black really pops, makes for one classy interior. I may have to paint one of my doors, you inspired me.

Arlene Grimm said...

Thanks for the kudos Teresa( and for visiting my blog)! I say GO for it.

Terri D said...

I LOVE the look you accomplished with the black paint. It really does make a huge difference!! Really lovely. Now I'm thinking about out house....

Mrs R said...

Arlene, love the black color! Did you paint the outside of the door black too?

Arlene Grimm said...

Mrs R, I just painted the interior doors black. My door going into the garage is painted turquoise on the exterior side. I did that after visiting New Mexico and falling in love with turquoise. It makes me smile every time I drive into my garage. The exterior side of the front door is painted a blue gray. I am not sure if I plan to keep that color. I am still pondering over that project.