We spent our long weekend painting and repainting some doors. Here are some things I learned.
– If your door has a lot of small mullioned windows, these blue painters tape corners will save you a lot of fiddling.
– An angled 1″ brush and a little foam roller and tray kit (labeled trim rollers) will be all you need for a door if it’s got lots of molding.
– A quart of paint will be just fine for two coats of both sides of a door.
– Painting a door is a whole lot easier than painting a wall, and I’m not afraid to do it over again. This might lead to a lot of colorful doors in our house.
Of course I couldn’t escape the project without a little bit of drama. I was trying to find a green that would work with a fabric (see here) I have covering a small closet, and would work on two doors in a rather dark hallway. The light in this part of the house comes through one of the doors, so any color on that door appears darker. My favorite color was this Yolo shade called Petal.02.Yolo Colorhouse is excellent paint (see a review at EcoVertex) that is made with all natural pigments and contains zero VOC. I would have loved to use Yolo on these doors, however it’s only sold by the gallon and a quart was more than enough for the two doors I was doing (only one side of each door was painted).
Note to those in/near Seattle:
Last I heard Yolo was no longer being sold at the Environmental Home Center, but it’s available at Rodda paint stores. Yolo paint is available at Environmental Home Center and Rodda paint stores. Yolo does not offer swatches but you can buy a poster sized sample that you can stick to the wall you want to paint, it makes it incredibly easy to see how the color will work in that spot.
Quick note on zero-VOC paint: We painted nearly the entire interior of our house using American Pride interior latex eggshell and semi-gloss (for the kitchen). Initially we went with a zero-VOC paint only because we were painting everything in the house (walls, ceilings, trim) with the exception of a few rooms and avoiding as many VOCs as possible seemed like a good thing, we were ready for the paint to be harder to apply or maintain. I found the paint to be great — easy to apply and nearly odorless, and over the last year it’s proven itself easy to clean. I even touched up an area recently and it blended in perfectly. EcoVertex also reviews American Pride. I plan on using American Pride when we redo our bathrooms. We bought ours at the Environmental Home Center. We used American Pro latex primer because it was a wee bit less expensive than American Pride primer. There is one downside to using American Pride paint, it does not keep. Once opened it’s likely to become moldy when stored. This is something to keep in mind if you’re getting a color mixed for you.
I was a bit worried that the Yolo color would look a bit drab in the backlit hallway, especially during the darker winter months. I took a similar but brighter swatch in to be color matched at Home Depot and oh boy was that a bad idea. We ended up with something that was just so slightly over the line into flourescent, yikes:
Before the tape even came down we got a new can of paint, color matched to the Yolo. It’s better:
I’m worried that it’s a bit too bright as well, but I’m going to wait for a few overcast days to make a judgement. At this point I’m not entirely sure I’m processing color correctly anymore.
We also painted the front door a nice glossy blue. I am going to hang a few blue posters on an adjacent wall, hopefully it will tie together well once everything is up. Right now it seems a bit too Primary for my taste. Here again though, the major source of light is through the windows in the door, and on overcast days I expect the blue will appear much darker and muted which is why we picked this shade but it’s hard to remember on a bright and sunny day.
I hope to replace all the above doors with ones that don’t appear so traditional and hardware store generic, I’m also looking forward to replacing all the brass doorknobs and hinges. For now though, our landscaping needs some major attention.