Small Project Series: Paint All the Doors!

We’ve come a long way, baby

Remember this? If you don’t, it’s okay, it was a few months ago.

Since this grueling two-day experience, I’ve added some extra plants to the garden (which I’ll share at the end), but I also made a lot of cosmetic changes to the house. I did a lot of painting. And with a lot of painting, came extra paint.

I’m a sucker for a good and simple do it yourself project. One of these projects that I’d fallen in love with before I even saw my house for the first time was the idea of painted doors. To me, it seems like an easy to way bring life to a small space. And since lately I’ve been on somewhat of a journey to embrace all the beautiful thing in life, it seemed like a no-brainer to me. The first door I wanted to paint was my dirtiest, nastiest door: the door pictured to the left.

This poor door looked like it hadn’t seen a sponge in years. It has a lot of potential, though. It’s an ugly duckling of doors! I love the windows, and the three inset panels at the bottom. Here is a close-up of the door before it was turned beautiful:

Dirt and grime and a broken shade

I had some leftover paint from the porch ceiling. I used Sherwin Williams Watery, so I wiped down the door and painted it. It was love at first sight:



What a difference two coats of paint make, amirite?!?! (PS If you’re looking for the perfect shade of Robin’s egg blue, I highly recommend Sherwin Williams Watery.) Like, now all I can think about is how the “white” part of the house needs to be painted too.

So I decided to paint some more doors, this time using leftover Sherwin Williams Restful from my bedroom:

Opposite side of the light blue door
Inside the mudroom, leading into the kitchen

I am obsessed with how painting the kitchen door changed the whole vibe of the kitchen. Using a bluish-green has made the Hearts of Palm stand out in contrast. Check the difference:


So I say, paint all the doors! Life is too short for plain white doors *unless, of course, you’re in a rental and can’t paint the doors or your landlord will evict you.

Before we part, as promised, here is an update of the garden. Here is the before:


I don’t think you’re ready for this…

I don’t think I’m ready for this….


Look at that verbena spread! I planted more echinacea in the back, and in the foreground I planted 2 gardenias. And I put down cedar mulch. And that is it. And that is the beauty of nature.

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