Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Another Black Door

My entryway has needed help for a long time.
It's not too bad from afar, as long as you ignore that big white blob to the right of the door. 

Let's take a closer look.
Those are scratch marks from the dog.  Ty's normally a big baby who sleeps most of the day, but as soon as he sees something out the front window, he starts lunging at the door and acting like a wild attack dog.

That curtain is just disgusting!  Let's hope that's only mud on there.

I don't even know what's going on here, but it's not good!

I had some black paint leftover from painting my French doors, so on New Year's Day I broke it out and started my first project of 2012.

The paint is a black enamel from Sherwin Williams.  It is super shiny and very durable.  I've had it on the French doors for a few months and the dogs have not managed to scratch it.  It's also perfect at hiding dirty little hand prints.  I repainted all of the trim Decorator White by Behr.  It looks so much cleaner already.

I also took down that hideous shredded curtain and added some privacy film.  Hopefully, the dogs won't be able to see outside and won't scratch the door trying to get to their prey.  (This is probably wishful thinking!)

Did you notice the paint swatches on the wall?

I've wanted to repaint my sandy brown walls for awhile, but it's going to be a HUGE job.  I decided to start by selecting a color.  These colors from the top down are Ben Moore Hazy Skies, Ben Moore Baby Fawn, Hazy Skies again, and Ben Moore Gray Owl.  Gray Owl is also to the right.

Hazy Skies seemed a little muddy with the brown tile.  So, I narrowed it down to Baby Fawn and Gray Owl, but I think I like the grayer undertones of Gray Owl better.  Baby Fawn reminds me of a much lighter version of what I currently have.

I've started the painting, but have no idea when it will be done.  My living room, dining room, kitchen, entry, hallway to my bedroom and back hallways are all open to each other.  Thus, I'm planning on painting everything!  I haven't even considered how I'm going to tackle the vaulted ceilings.  What have I gotten myself into?!?!?

Before and After

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Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Love the black door and the entryway color!

Jacqueline said...

Loving the new door, black always makes a great statement and hides dirt.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

oh i love that glossy black! and the new wall color is great, too- and hello LOVE that mirror! :)

Jennifer said...

It looks really great. I love big black shiny door, it's so fresh and modern with the white trim! Just beautiful!

Carol-Anne (Use the Good Dishes!) said...

The new colour looks great (on the walls) and makes the black door look even crisper and better! Good luck....that does look like quite the job ahead of you!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Oh Suzy, the new color looks FABULOUS with the black front door! So pretty.

Holly said...

It's like night and day that front door - you must be so happy with it! It really looks great and so chic! And good luck with the painting - I know it's in our future and I'm not looking forward to it. I actually like to paint but I don't like all of the prep work involved.

Katie said...

Oh I love it!! That little entryway just pops now with the black and gray!! Seriously awesome!

Maury said...

I love the Gray! I've been wanting to paint my entry for a while now but I'm stuck with the same problem... the vaulted ceilings. My stairs open into the entry and so the walls go all the way up. I have no idea how I'm going to tackle that.

Revi said...

I have a similar situation with dog scratches - she hates the mailman who drops mail through the slot inside our house. (How dare he!)

Your black shiny door looks great! I was going to redo mine in black, then I decided to change to a neutral mostly white environment. Now, I think it might be shiny gray or taupe. I do like some contrast!

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Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

Ooooo! Great way to start out 2012!!! I love the glossy black, it's so fierce! And that mirror is so much fun...

Amy of The Salvage Collection said...

ooh! i'm pondering painting the interior doors dark charcoal or black but was not sure how it would look with the white trim around it.

hmm. it's looking good from here!

Jesse Morrison said...

With that kind of condition, it was the right decision to give your door a makeover. Ignoring the damage, even if its minor, will surely affect the appeal of your house. Congrats for a job well done - for the door and entry way makeover!

-Jesse Morrison @ JonWrightRoofing