While my decorating style has changed over the years, one thing that has always remained consistent is my love for the unexpected. Whether it’s a modern piece mixed in with traditional furnishings, casual paired with fancy, or bold color choices, I love having a few surprises around to delight the eye. It adds variety, depth, and interest to my decor.
When thinking about what color to paint the door at the end of the “hallway of darkness” I wanted to go with bold. I hung up a bunch of paint chips in colors that I liked. Most of the colors turned muddy in the lighting.
Source: Dehn Bloom
My decision was made when I went to my Pinterest boards. I have loved lime and chartreuse all my life. I remember when I was a teenager I wanted a lime green car. :-)
I love the color against white. The pop of the bold color on this door makes me smile.
Source: Jenna Burger Design
So does the color of this door.
And this memo board.
I even had the color on my desk in my previous house and…
used it as an accent color.
Since I know I adore the color, I went with the color, Lime Freckle in a semi-gloss finish for the hallway door.
I used a brand new paint from Glidden called, Diamond. It is sold at The Home Depot. I have 5 gallons to give away to one reader in the color of their choice. Giveaway details are at the end of this post.
The paint covered in only 2 coats. It is an interior paint + primer in one that is super durable. Perfect for a door that will get a lot of use.
This photo was taken during the day, you can see why I call it the hallway of darkness and why I wanted a bright bold color, even the new flooring which I love in every other room we put it in, looks much darker. It is in the shadows because of the row of kitchen cabinets that block the light. I hope to remove these eventually. The floors in the kitchen are in good shape and will be refinished in a darker color. I like dark floors, white walls and pops of color.
How to Paint a Door in a Bold Color
I wrote a post on how I paint a paneled door. You can find it here: How to Paint an Interior Door
It can be done in an afternoon.
- Place painter’s tape all around the door and a drop cloth on the floor.
2. Use 100 grit sandpaper to rough up the surface of the door to provide some “tooth” so the paint has something to adhere to.
3. Clean up all the sanding grit with a damp rag and detergent and then wipe again with a rag with water only so there will be no detergent residue. You can also use a cleaning product sold at home improvement stores called TSP to do this.
4. Optional: I decided since the door was stained such a dark color that I needed to apply a stain blocking primer first. I didn’t want the brown stain changing the paint color. The Diamond paint is a primer + paint in one so if your door or what ever you want to paint is not stained such a dark color you can skip this step. I was so happy with how the other new paint from Glidden called, Complete worked on blocking the stain from coming through all the brown trim I painted in other rooms that I decided to brush on one thin coat of that first.
5. I used a small foam roller on the flat sections of the door and a 2″ angled brush for the recessed areas. I needed two coats for complete coverage.
All done. I had to take the photo of the door with the light on which makes everything look more yellow. I need to replace the ceiling fixture bulbs with a soft white day light bulb.
We continued the vinyl plank flooring into the hallway and laundry area and I painted the louvered doors white. I will be posting about them soon.
I cleaned up the original doorknob with a Brillo Pad instead of buying a new one. I found out a little bit about the knob’s design which made me like it. The design is the same on all the door knobs on the hallway’s doors as well as the rest of the house.
When one of our friends first visited us he noticed the doorknobs right away. He said, “I see you have Kwikset Grecian Design doorknobs”. He worked creating the design for the company way back when. Knowing he had something to do with the design, made me like them. The light is playing a highlight trick on it. It is gold tone throughout with a greek key design around the front of the knob.
I still have a few more updates to do to this area. One is to remove the painted over wallpaper. I have pulled a few pieces off, but the finish on the walls behind it is not great. I may have to wallpaper the space or come up with a creative alternative. It may go to the end of my project “To-Do” list until I come up with a plan.
Do you have any bold paint color choices in your home?
*While I loved the color of this door, the hallway was still too dark for my taste. See how I added dark colors to brighten the hallway!
GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED to
Congratulations to: Belinda – I will be emailing you for your color and sheen choices. :-)
Glidden provided me with their Diamond Paint for this review. Thank you so much for supporting the sponsors that make In My Own Style possible. As always, all content and opinions are my own.