This was one of my favorite quick and easy updates. In fact, it will be even easier for you, unless your doors look like they haven’t received a fresh coat of paint in the past 75 years.
That’s how mine looked. When we moved in, and again several times since, I scrubbed the daylights out of the interior doors in this house. Somehow, they always maintained an overall gross look. I knew I needed to paint them but I wasn’t really sure what color, so I stalled.
The hallway, as a whole, is on its 3rd paint color and I think we finally have a winner, so it was time to sort out those nasty looking doors!
So I took off the hardware and got to work painting. I think one of the reasons I had so much trouble deciding on a color for the door was simply because the old color was extremely close to the shade I wanted. The doors looked so gross that I had a hard time admitting that there was anything I liked about their condition. In the end, I stuck with an off-white color. Whether by actual color selection or by age, the original door color was an only slightly more yellow version of the same thing.
Obviously my doors needed the paint job, but that is not what made this project turn out so well.
I adore the traditional look of a 6 panel door. Yes, there are some newer styles that are absolutely beautiful, but there is just something about an old, strong and sturdy 6 panel. To compliment the classic look, I wanted to add a bit more detail and character, so I grabbed these decorative door plates and a can of flat black spray paint.
I took my time painting these to ensure a smooth even coat. The screws got popped into a piece of cardboard so that they would stand up while I painted the heads. It was very important to allow a proper curing time so that the paint would be properly bonded on the metal plates. Otherwise they would scratch too easily.
Luckily, those very old doors with the very old paint, also had very old doorknobs. Gorgeous door knobs. Seriously, I LOVE our door knobs. I know it sounds silly but just look at that beauty!
Unfortunately the metal on the back on the door knobs is chrome so they needed some paint too. After a careful tape job to cover the glass portion of course.
See how well that turned out? J
All that was left to do was to put it all back together.
The black background really sets off the detail of the knob itself.
The whole thing just adds so much character.
I really think it was the perfect finishing touch for our hallway.
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