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Doors of a Different Colour.


When one door closes… you get a good night sleep. At least that’s how I’ve felt since we've had a chance to get doors installed! For those of you who have come over to our place and seen for yourself the disaster that we live in, you know we have been living a very ‘open concept’ life for the past year. We have had no doors on our main floor with the exception of the one we just could not live without, the bathroom (for obvious reasons). Those of you who have visited have also met the infamous Frank. Our pain in the rear, yet unbelievably adorable jerk of a cat. There is nothing that I would trade him for, but boy oh boy, was I ever ready to trade him in for a good night’s sleep.

The day we brought Frank home, we were under the impression he was 6-7 weeks old, he had been found in a window well and Dave’ sister Janet and her two kids had taken him in and really taught him everything that he knew. He was abandoned at a few days old, raised on kitten milk replacement and slowly transitioned over to solid food a few weeks after we got him. We had no intentions of getting a pet, but then we saw this face, and we couldn’t resist. We assumed the mid-night wake-ups would end, but after a year and a half of having to lock the little beast in the bathroom overnight, finally have another option! Now him and his new friend Beans can roam free in the house while we sleep peacefully and pet-free in our bedroom!


If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already seen a preview of the doors. If you don’t, you should start, you know you wanna. Click HERE. I wanted to go with a modern farmhouse feel, looking to compliment the kitchen was our first priority. Everything ties together, the grout from the tiles will be dark enough to tie it together with the colours we selected for the doors, something we felt was very important in an open concept space. We also wanted a recessed panel, shaker style door to match the cabinetry. Sadly, when we custom ordered the doors, the gentleman at Home Hardware was supposed to check the profile to ensure this is what we got, but instead he just went ahead and ordered. Four weeks later, when we arrived to pick up these long awaited stunners, we ended up with a bit more detail in the recessed panels than originally planned. I thought long and hard in the parking lot, on whether or not I should take them, or if we should order what we really wanted. Picture patient Dave in the background saying “They’re really nice, but you’re the one that is going to love or hate them for as long as we live here”. I decided I’d take them, the team at Home Hardware assured me, if I changed my mind they’d take them back. Now that they’re painted, I think they still look amazing.

Since we had already selected Benjamin Moore Barren Plain (2111-60) for the walls, and I we decided to go dark Grey- Iron Mountain (2134-30) for the doors.

When it comes to painting your doors, I recommend following these steps:

Taryn's Fool Proof way to paint doors (if I can do it, so can you!):


1. Cut-in Panels: Start with a brush around the outside of the panel. Be sure to watch for drips as you go!

2. Full Panel: Roll your pain on the interior panels. I generally use my brush again after each section has been rolled, in order to ensure there is no dripping and a nice consistent finish.

3. Mullions/Rails: Most of you are probably seeing this word for the first time. I'll admit I am, I had too google what it was called. Really what this means is the part of the door between the panels! You'll want to use your roller and go over this part again! Just like in step 2, I recommend having your brush handy so you can go over anywhere you may have drips.

4. Stile: These are the outer parts of the door, outside of the panels. (If you're painting a door with a stile down the centre, you may want to do that before you paint the rails).

5. Edges: I like to roll the edges of the door, and I like to do that as I finish the first coat on one side. I'm always careful to make sure no paint spills over onto the front or back while I'm doing this, to avoid the need to sand after it dries. Any spill over? You know what to do. Pick up that trust brush again.

6. Repeat: Once you've gone through these once, you'll want to go back and add a second coat. You'll want to follow the instructions on your paint, some you can re-coat in as short as an hour, others you may have to wait a bit longer.

7. Flip It: Painting both sides? Wait a good 24 hours (or longer, if you cant) and flip the door and paint the other side!

If you're painting over a dark colour, you'll want to use a primer before you use your regular paint. This will make the coverage that much easier and allow for fewer coats.

If you paint out of order, the world will not end, your door will not look hideous, and no one will die. Why do people paint doors this way? I'm really not sure. I'm guessing it has to do with the detail of the panels, when you start with the most complicated section, it makes it a bit easier to blend the rest in afterwards. Either way, don't sweat it if you paint the rail then the stile, or the stile then the rail, your door will forgive you!


Moving on to the Millwork:

One thing that was an easy choice for us was the millwork. We had already decided the most important thing for us was to have very clean lines, but I did want a bit more detail, so we went with a farmhouse style casing. We have already started the matching casing on our windows in the kitchen, and our front door.

Interested in learning how to do this on your own? I promise, I'll create a step-by-step tutorial!


What some people may find odd, is that I actually selected all of the door hardware before we had even purchased the doors or picked the paint colour. When I saw these in Home Depot, I fell in love. (I fall in love often, but only with the most amazing things). I’m not sure they’re still available, but they were made by Weiser, in an antique pewter finish and they were just absolutely perfect. It all started with the exterior door handles. These had a similar style to the farmhouse trim I wanted, and the lever on the interior side was just a perfect transitional feel for the house. What really sold me was the colour. For those who don’t know what antique pewter is, I had no clue either! But now I know it’s a combo of pewter with a black metallic undertone. These handles had flecks of black coming through an aged pewter colour. Stunning! Seeing them on the doors makes me happy! A little bit dark, but overall just what I was hoping for.​​

I want everything in our house to have some personality, I know it’s something that people will love walking through our house. The doors scream personality and are just so different from what you’d see in any other house in our neighbourhood. Where's the fun in cookie cutter houses that all look the same inside and out!

Have you ever thought about doing anything a little different with your doors? Let me know in the comments below!

- Taryn

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Taryn It Up is a DIY and Lifestyle blog that is meant to inspire and empower women and men to take on projects outside of their comfort zone. Taryn Gibb offers DIY tutorials for easy DIY projects anyone can do at home. TarynItUp will show you how to renovate a kitchen, give you tips and tricks to renovate any room of your home and help you to pick the right decor to enhance any style. Complete your projects at your own risk.

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