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September 26, 2013

The Studio Door Project: Part Four - Painting the Door Frame

Wouldn't it be awesome if like a piece of furniture all it took for us to feel bright and new was a bit of elbow grease and a fresh coat of paint? However, come to think of it I guess in some ways, we can....


I, for one have felt fantastic this past week, ever since I took the time to get back into this project. There really is something wonderful about getting your hands dirty and things done. I'm about midway through this project now, and it's shaping up quite nicely.


Here's the recap, I:

1. Decided to finish an old nagging project; the refurbish of an old cabin door.

2. Took apart, cleaned, and repaired said door; it wasn't as difficult as one would think.

3. Sanded and put back together said door; piece by piece....


...and now it's time to prime and paint the door to give it an updated look. I've been looking forward to the this part for a while now. 

Deciding on what color to use was a bit of a tricky process. Just a bit. I wasn't sure if I wanted to go neutral or funky. And if funky "how funky" would I go so to speak? I didn't want to take anything away from the beautiful detailing of the carved wood, nor for it to clash with what I'd eventually be doing to the window, but I also didn't want it to be boring and not showcase the door creatively (it is going to be on an art studio after all).


Standing in the paint aisle of Home Depot we pondered over paint chip samples. Eyes bouncing from color to color; imagining the outcome of our choices. Should it be painted in a hue of something bright or more muted? colorful or earthy? How will whatever we choose go with the other elements of the backyard and the studio building for that matter?


What we finally ended up deciding on was a gorgeous tone of violet, called Delectable. It is a beautiful hue of lavender that I think will compliment the detailing of the door and the studio itself very well. We eventually intend to paint the entire exterior of the studio over as well, so we also picked out colors for both the exterior walls and trim. Parmesan white for the ext. walls (a creamy warm neutral -nearly white- with a very subtle undertone of orange-yellow), paired with Pharaoh Purple trim (a deep violet with a very subtle undertone of blue). Which I don't need to tell you, are complimentary colors of each other (blue/orange, that is).


For the interior of the door, I decided to go with a color called Toasted Marshmallow, another creamy warm, yet subtle neutral nearly white color. I thought that this would better compliment a room that already had it's own color scheme going on.


So, with the color choices made it was time to get started....


Getting started: How to Duo-Tone Paint a Door

My Supplies:

  •  Electric Hand Sander + 120/220 grade Sand Paper sheets

  • 1 Quart of Primer (I already had this, otherwise I would've gotten the paints with primer already mixed in)

  • 1 Gallon of Delectable lavender paint, in semi-gloss enamel finish (even though 1-quart is all that's necessary for this project, I'm saving the rest for another day)

  • 1 Quart of Toasted Marshmallow paint, in semi-gloss enamel finish

  • 2 Wooden Mixing Sticks (the free ones they give you in the paint department

  • 1 Large Drop Cloth

  • 2 Sawhorses

  • 2 small detailing brushes

  • 2 - 3" Paint brushes, and

  • Clothes I didn't mind getting messy

Step 1: Pre-Painting Preparations

After giving the door a day to subtle into it's new found glory, the glory that coming with being tightly held together, it was time to smooth out the surface of the door one last time.


First I removed the straps and terry cloth from the prior day. Then going with the grain of the wood I sanded up-and-down the sides of the door frame; smoothing out the areas that I had used the wood filler and glue on yesterday. By hand I sanded the corners of the window and decorative framing where I had filled them as well, making it so that they visually flowed into each other naturally.


Lastly, I dusted off the door with the terry cloth towels, making sure to get rid of all the debris.


Step 2: Setting up a place to paint

Now that the door is ready for painting, it's time to prepare an area for painting it properly.


Start by covering the ground with a drop cloth, then placing the sawhorses on top of it centered. With a bit of help move the door back onto the sawhorses, making sure that the drop cloth falls underneath the entire length of the door.


Step 3: Priming the surface

Next, with the can still tightly closed shake the primer, flipping it over a few times to mix the paint up a bit. Open the can, stir it, and evenly painted the door, making long strokes going up and down the length of the door. (Note: only paint in this direction, if you paint in all directions, trust me... you'll be able to tell) With a small brush paint the detailing on the door as well, making sure to maintain an even coat as you do and still painting in the same motion. Let it dry for about an hour or so, then add a second coat of primer if necessary.

Step 4: Painting the Door's Exterior

After the primer has completely dried it's time to paint, I used delectable. Start by using the wooden mixing stick to stir the paint. Using a clean brush paint the door in even strokes, just as before, going up and down the length of the door. Then take a clean small brush and paint the details of the trim on the door, painting in the same back and forth, up and down motion. With the larger brush paint the side thickness of the door as well. If you still see primer once the first coat is done that's okay, let it dry, then paint a second coat... you don't want to create a build up of uneven paint by trying to cover too much, too quickly.


An added touch: To create a textured look in the paint, after the first coat had dried I painted the second coat perpendicular to the first creating a crosshatched texture.

Step 5: Painting the Door's Interior

After the second coat dries of the first color, flip the door over and repeat step 3 and primer this side. Then using the second color, I used the toasted marshmallow, to paint the interior of the door. Repeat everything except painting the side thickness of the door, leave this the first color. After it's completely dry, feel free to touch up if you need to.

Let the paint dry overnight, and with that Part 4 is done!

Stay tuned for more, because next up is what I'll be doing with the window.

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