See how terrible that door looks. A year ago I put some frosted glass on it but otherwise it has been left untouched for, oh say, a few decades. Yes, it needed a major wipe down.
And wiping it down led to rubbing deglosser all over it and then a light sand and removal of hardware. Do you see where I'm going here?
But why stop there? Why not strip a side while we're at it. The exterior side of door was all crackled and peeling and I thought, if I'm going to paint the otherside, I might as well prep this side at the same time.
Of course we had to chip away layers of paint just to unscrew these old hinges that were covered in layers of thick paint.
We replaced the old hinges with some new oil rubbed bronze ones. Actually, after we got the door up the first time, we realized that the hinges that we got didn't work because they weren't as thick as commercial grade ones (which is of course what our door was originally hung with). So after another trip to HD, we had the right hinges but in an ugly color so I had to spray them all with the same oil rubbed bronze that we used on the hardware. I just love this old handle and skeleton key lock on this door. That is never coming off.
With the hinge issue resolved and the hardware sprayed, it was time to get to the exciting part. Paint! You guys know I love West Elm (I've done several posts on some of favorite West Elm pieces before) so when I saw their Fall/Wainter 2013 paint color collection with Sherwin Williams, my heart was won once again. I pretty much love them all but there was the strongest attraction to Derbyshire (top right). Oh and you can get a coupon for Sherwin Williams if you go to West Elm's website.
Except I did have to do one more pre-paint step. I had to remove all the frosted glass which came off relatively easy. Any parts where the glue got left behind, I just sprayed it with soapy water and rubbed over it with a paper towel until it was clean. I'll have to put new stuff back up soon now that the door is done.
I primed it with white which is the last time I ever do that with a dark color! It took me four full coats and a fifth one in some spots, to get a nice solid green door. From now on I'll get my primer tinted a little.
Once it was all dry, I scrapped off all the paint left on the glass.
The painting of the door started on a Sunday night and continued through the week with a coat before work and then a coat after the kids went to bed. The paint was mixed in Sherwin Williams' Emerald paint line (fitting since it is a beautiful emerald shade) in a satin finish. When you don't want a super glossy or matte surface, satin seems like a great pick, especially if you want it to be wipeable.
As you can see from the walls we still have a lot to do in this room but I did get the door trim painted with a fresh and crisp white before hanging the door.
It was really hard to get a good shot of the full door showing its truest color because there was so much blowout from all the light from through the windows. This picture is pretty true to color though. I just love this green with the dark hardware.
My first color pick has been wrong so many times before (you know what I'm talking about...it always looks different on a wall than a paint chip), but I can honestly say that I'm in love with this color. I find myself admiring it all the time and asking Aaron a few times a day, "Doesn't the door look so nice?!?!!!"
Seriously, if you want a beautiful, deep but lively green, you'll love this. I would even love it on a wall but I need to get a lot braver before I do that. And I need huge rooms with lots of light too.
We have a lot planned for this little room and have already dived right in. I can't wait to see it take shape over the next couple of weeks.
This post was made possible by Sherwin Williams!