I admit it may be difficult to get excited about doors. They’re essential for privacy and security but we hardly ever think of them as stylish. Think again! With paint and tape you can transform those boring doors into funky decor elements that will double as works of art.
Want to dip your toes into the painted door pool? Start small. Skip the white paint and choose a funky colour like this mustard gold. I love how it stands out against a crisp white wall and pairs beautifully with the chalkboard paint.
If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous why not try this diagonal design? Pair it with other bright colours for a fun and funky space.
Why stop at just one colour? Go for broke with a two tone paint job like this green and turquoise combination.
If that much colour seems overwhelming try a simple high contrast colour scheme like black and white. This design is simple, striking and perfect for modern spaces.
Don’t forget about the closet doors! These plain flat sliding doors got treated to a beautiful design that’s simple to recreate with a bit of black paint and painter’s tape.
The doors below are designer (which usually means big bucks) but you can get the same look by attaching molding to an inexpensive flat hollow core door. Paint it a chic neutral to match the walls and get high style for a fraction of the price.
Or get a similar look by taping out and painting panels to trick the eye. Click on the image below for a tutorial from Houzz that will show you step by step how to get this look at home.
Ceiling medallions are a great way to dress up a light fixture but you can also use them to make plain doors look fancy. Glue them around the doorknobs then paint for a stunning look like this one from One Kings Lane. Click on the image to see the full tutorial!
If you got inspired from the photos above – great! Here are a couple of things to keep in mind before you get started. Doors, especially around the knobs, are notoriously dirty. Make sure you clean them well with either a solution of 50/50 white vinegar and warm water or a household degreaser. Paint won’t stick to surface contaminants and even the oils from our fingers can ruin a paint job. After the doors are clean and dry, a light scuff up with 280-320 sandpaper will ensure that your paint sticks well. If you’re going to tape out a design, skip the inexpensive masking tape and invest in a quality painter’s tape. I like 3M’s Edge Lock tape because it reacts with latex paints for clean sharp lines and won’t drive you nuts by tearing when you remove it. It also doesn’t hurt to run a credit card, putty knife or spreader on your tape edge to make sure you have a tight seal to your surface. And speaking of paint, indoors it’s best to use a waterbased paint like Muralo Ultra Waterborne. It’s just as tough and hardwearing as the traditional oils but dries quickly with no smell and cleans up with water.
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