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Monday, September 17, 2012

the hall with six doors

It's no secret that I really can't stand the honey oak trim that our builder grade home came with, so room-by-room, we've been painting the trim white, and it's made the house so much more modern and I absolutely love it!  And since we took the plunge and painted our living room, we carried the paint up the stairs and into the upstairs hallway to create fluidity and cohesion throughout the main spaces.

This hallway was a sea of honey oak, with all the trim and a total of 6 doors in this tiny space. Yikes!
I started by painting the door frames with white paint and then we painted the walls with the same paint downstairs, Behr's Silver Sateen.  I highly recommend using one of these edgers for door frames as well as the ceiling line. It takes two coats, but it is so easy, and definitely worth it!
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After that paint, it was looking like this:
You'll also notice that the doorknobs are missing as well.  We decided that all the hardware needed to be updated as well with some bronze spray paint.  we had my grandparents staying with us last weekend, so I didn't get to these doors until last week.  

To tackle the doors, I purchased a mini roller.  The roller itself is about 6" long and about 1" thick.  It is meant for smooth surfaces, and made painting these doors a breeze.  After some light sanding and 4 coats of white paint, and then adding our hardware back in, our hallway has a much more updated look.
I am L-O-V-I-N-G this! From the wall color, to the trim and doors, to the hardware, it is just so calm and actually makes the hall feel larger.  

 You will also notice that the bathroom (and music room, actually, but not pictured) are still honey oak inside, so the inside half of the door frame has not been painted. It's in a state of transition, but doesn't look too bad for what it is.  Still deciding what to do in that room, so it may be awhile.
We are getting there in this house! I think we're actually at less than 50% honey oak now, so there is an end in sight.  Anyone else painting their old, ugly trim? Or anyone else have crazy transition spaces like our half oak/half white door frames?  

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  2. Thanks for posting this! It looks great! My boyfriend and I bought a house a few months ago and we have been doing a lot of updating/remodeling. We have the same honey oak wood EVERYWHERE in the house. We replaced the trim with new rather than painting, and I originally wanted to buy all new doors as well (I didn't realize how pricy that would be with so many doors to replace). He has been trying to talk me into just painting the doors, but I wasn't convinced it would look right until I saw yours! Did you have to paint trim around windows as well?

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    1. The paint really has worked and held up well. We actually don't have any trim around our windows in this house to replace/paint.

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  3. Your site has been an inspiration for us. I just began using the Java Jel stain. Really like it so far (coat 1). We want to paint our baseboards/mouldings white just like yours. Curious what brand/style paint you have used, how much sanding goes into it, poly, and how you paint with the carpeting? Thx for your how to's/help. Steve

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  4. Your site has been an inspiration for us. I just began using the Java Jel stain. Really like it so far (coat 1). We want to paint our baseboards/mouldings white just like yours. Curious what brand/style paint you have used, how much sanding goes into it, poly, and how you paint with the carpeting? Thx for your how to's/help. Steve

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  5. Your website has been a real inspiration. We just purchased our Java Gel stain I have placed my first coat on one of our window sills. We really like your white woodwork (wife loves white). Curious which brand/type of white paint you use, how you apply it, how many coats, poly used, and how you paint the baseboards with the carpet? Thanks Erin!

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    1. Thank you, Steve! I just used the Behr Bright White paint from Home Depot, it requires no mixing by an associate, so it's just grab and go! I did some light sanding of the boards and painted three coats of white paint. I actually didn't use a poly on the baseboards.

      For areas with carpet, I removed all the baseboards to paint them and then put them back on. This helped for painting the walls as well!

      Happy Painting and Staining!!

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