04 June 2013

Reveal: One French Door is Painted

two more to go!  We started painting this last Thursday.
Here is a before photo of the door before we replaced it.

This is the part when we pealed the paint off;  it dried so messy and clumpy we resorted to this.  Sometimes methods fail.

There really are no tips for this.
The best thing to do was take the muntin off, but that can only be done on one side; one side seems to hold the glass in place,
so we left that side alone and scraped more carefully with the razor.



This is how it looked finished last night.
I painted it the same color as the walls but in a semi-gloss.
 SW Gateway Gray

I did this because I wanted to blend them in; I wanted them to look like they have always been here. I also didn't want the room to look choppy, because there are three doors to the
outside from this area of the house.
I've also seen it painted this way in photos on French cottages on Pinterest.











These doors open out to a 300 square foot porch.  The house itself is no more than 1100!
Early Morning (We are still working on the sleeping porch outside the doors.)

We still have to paint the porch and two sets of French doors on it.  It is really slow going.  Muntins, bricks, planks, and floors are a lot of surface area.




If you click on the photos one can see them larger.

This was the before:



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20 comments:

  1. That is such a pretty space! French doors and that great kitchen of yours, sigh.

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    1. Thank you, Cranberry Morning. My spouse learned how to do a lot of things from his father's work.

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  2. Great job! I like your house! Everything looks to be in the perfect place. Beautiful!

    Marina

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    1. I cleaned up for the photo. In the last photo my daughter's Hello Kitty airplane and other toys were on the table. There are toys out unless someone is going to visit.

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  3. Oh, my goodness, that is looking just gorgeous! What an ambitious project, adding all those French doors and then painting them. Your home is such a classic beauty. Your new doors must add so much light to your space too. Love them!

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    1. Thank you, sweetie. It really feels good to do this project by project.

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  4. I love the doors. I agree that it is best to keep them the same colour as the walls. We have a set of French doors at the front and at the back of our open concept main floor and it really keeps the space calm and inviting. Your room looks fantastic and I LOVE your chandelier.

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    1. Thank you, Donna. Great observation :) I had not considered that it looks peaceful. I've had the chandelier for years, and I've used it other spaces. It is rustic and delicate.

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  5. Oh my GOSH... I GASPED when I scrolled down to see your beautiful dining room. It is SPECTACULAR. LOVE it. I think this floor plan may be the same as my first house... which was also about 1100 square feet, but a really livable floor plan. Our home now is not much bigger..... :-D We've been working on the bathroom and eyeing the beautiful French doors at Home Depot when we're there. It's on the list......and now I REALLY want them.

    Can't wait to see what else you're up to.

    Huggies,
    Spencer

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    1. Thank you, Spencer. I am amazed with this floor plan. This home seems much larger than it is. We went from a large home to this, but the layout is so good that even though we lost space , we did not loose function.

      The doors were worth it in my opinion. There are two sets on the porch that my spouse was able to install, because one of the walls had rotted and he reframed from scratch. This one he could of done except he didn't know that until after. It is into a concrete block wall, but he watched them and they put in a wooden header to accomodate the slightly different size, and then it was covered with trim. So the first two were just the price and delivery and since those two were purchased together they charged one delivery. The third was price and installation, which was almost the price of the door. However, on the third there was no delivery charge because they were installing, and disposing off the old glass door, so that 175 would of been a cost we had to bear whether they installed it or not. So it really only cost us about an extra 200 on the third set.

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  6. I love your new French door. According to me, it looks like it belongs to the house a lot more than the previous one. I bought a new tape that is supposed to be great for window painting. I'll let you know how it went... once I begin painting the windows...

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    1. Thank you, Magali. Yes. It will be interesting to see how your tape works.

      I agree with you on the door. This house was built 70 years ago, but it was remodeled about 45 years ago, because the information was on the electrical panel when the electrician replaced it. So the door we removed was not original.

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  7. I love your french doors! Our prior home had french doors and I really enjoyed them.

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  8. Hi....I just wanted to stop by to let you know of a GIVEAWAY being hosted by Koralee from Bluebird Notes blog to help celebrate the opening of my new Etsy shop: Daisy Pink Wish.......if you have the time please stop by.....we would love to see you enter!
    Daisy~

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  9. Love the new french doors! Also love that very cool chandelier!

    Thanks for linking up to the Creative HomeAcre Blog Hop. We hope you join us again this Sunday!

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  10. What you did was really clever. Using the same color with a different finish sets the French door apart from the wall. You saved the interior from dullness! Another trick if you want to make doors and windows blend in the whole design is to avoid highlighting the trims.

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  11. So I've heard that french doors in Ottawa are becoming very popular. What are the benefits of them other than maybe their looks?

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    1. In this case, both doors now open to the sleeping porch and can be left open during the day in good weather. Prior to the French door replacement there was a slider that only opened half-way, and it needed a piece of wood in the track to stop it from being forced opened. So, in other words there was poor flow of traffic.

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  12. If you want to keep the whole place clean and fresh, you have to make sure that the color you will choose for your hardware and fixtures matches together. Painting your French door white was a good decision. You were able to keep the soft touch on this space. The good thing about white is that whether you go for a light or dark tone on the area, the result will always be the same. It will end up perfectly beautiful!

    John Gwaltney @ Nehemiah ReConstruction

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  13. Having three french doors sounds awesome! I can only imagine how open your house is, paving way for natural light inside. May I suggest that you make use of window treatment to cover your french door and windows to not expose your house to the outside. Anyway, I like the new color you used on your French door - made them look classy.

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