And now what you've been waiting for....
Here it is!
dun dun duh na!
|That lighting makes the carpet look a thousand times grungier than it really is|
I didn't want to show off the hallway till I completely finished it and now I have. It took way longer than expected but I added an aspect that was much more involved than I had anticipated.
As you saw I finished painting the walls a few weeks ago, I then moved on to the trim. I like the way it came out but being such a dark color I was afraid that if I painted the doors to match the trim it would make my hallway seem even smaller than it is since it would be on five doors in a very small amount of space and there are no windows in the area to let in any light if the doors are closed, which they often are.
It took me a few weeks but I came up with a solution, we have flat doors in our hall whereas the two doors in our living room, the closet and front door, are six paneled doors. By using paint and a few how to websites I mimicked the visual aspect of the panels on the flat doors.
I love the way it came out.
|The picture of this door was taken before the others were finished, |
which is why the squares on the other door are still white.
By doing it this way I was able to use both the dark and light colors plus a little pop of white, it doesn't close in the hallway at all and it makes my doors a thousand times less ugly.
So just for fun I'm gonna show you the process of my lovely doors.
Step one: Google like a mofo till you figure out the correct terminology for what you're trying to do.
*Hint. the technical name for the doors I was mimicking is "six paneled door"*
Step two: Read more how to's than you can shake a stick at, or just read this one. Then choose your paint colors and lots and lots of painters tape
Step three: Measure out your desired panel sizes. *Note. I totally cheated, our bedroom door (pictured above) is the exact same width as one side of the closet doors I was going off of so I just used the exact measurements of that door on three of the doors*
Step four: Tape & Paint stuff.
This is where my process got a little stranger than the how to sites. Their step four is to paint your door the desired, and preferably lighter color. My step four was taping off my panels and painting the panels themselves the lightest color because I wanted a white trim around my darkest color, I didn't want to have to primer over my painted door and then paint white or make the white dull by painting straight over my door color.
|I didn't think to take a picture of the taping till after I started to paint|
Step five: Let paint dry and remove tape.
To do it my way you now get to tape inside the now painted panels to paint the main color of the door. It kinda sorta sucked and was tedious on the first door but after that that it was quite quick to do. I also reused my tape from the previous step.
Step seven: Paint the main color of the door and the edges.
According to the interwebz when painting a door that separates rooms with two different trim colors you should paint the edge the hinges are connected to match the first room (in this instance the hallway) and the edge with the door knob mechanism should be the color of the room it opens into (in this instance my bedroom)
Step eight: Even more tape!
To do it my way with a border I had to decide what size border I wanted. I tried a half inch at first (noted by the two pieces of blue tape in the above picture) but felt it was too much. I settled on 1/8". Measure out desired size and tape.
Step nine: Paint the inner panel, let dry and remove tape. Viola!
Next I'm moving on to the living room. Pretty much the same process for the hallway will be done, minus the faux paneling on the doors because those doors are already paneled.
For starters we have to take the TV off the wall so I can start removing the chair rail and painting. I'm hoping this will go quicker than the hallway did because I won't be dealing with my learning how to do certain things, the fact that I'm going to have to move my furniture in circles around the room will probably make it go a bit slow though.
That's why I started with the hallway, no furniture to move.