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DIY this: paint sliding closet doors for trim effect

10th September 2012

Do you have any of these closet doors in your house? You know, the sort of flimsy sliding kind? Well I do. And they happen to be in our master bedroom. Did you know you can paint sliding closet doors and transform them?

Not pretty, hey? Oh, and want a glimpse into some real life at the sweetest digs casa? Here is our bedroom in all it’s unmade bed and strewn laundry glory. Just keepin’ it real.

Well, I was ready to do something about these doors. I thought about just painting them out a solid colour, but then the idea for a pattern came to mind. I hummed and hawed about doing something intricate or colourful, but then realized that a simple rectangular box in each door in grey and white (so that it would blend with the walls) would be the way to go.

First step was to wash down the doors to remove any residue or dust. I didn’t need to sand since these doors aren’t wood, but if you have wooden closet doors you would want to use a medium and then fine grit sandpaper to prep the surface for paint (like these 3M Advanced Abrasives). To wash down the doors I just used some basic soap and water. If they had been glossy or had some other finish, a de-glosser might have been necessary.

Then I needed to measure out where I wanted the rectangular boxes to go. I started by measuring out the box and putting X’s where the corners would meet. I marked 3 inches in from the outer edges for each door. See that faint pencil mark in the photo below?

Next up I grabbed my ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape (the kind with the edge-lock paint line protector) and taped out the boxes. I cut the edges of the tape at the corners to make sure they were nice and crisp. Since I wanted to paint the inside and outside of where the tape is (and then take off the tape to reveal a white box), I needed to make sure the corners were perfect.

And then it was paint time. I used my leftover pot of paint from the walls (Coventry Gray by Benjamin Moore), my mini-roller, a paint mask, and got to work. This was an older can of paint (before the low-VOC paints were so easily available), so I made sure to fully open the windows and wear a mask to ensure I didn’t inhale the paint fumes. You can find various kinds of masks to use when painting, sanding, or even cleaning from the 3M TEKK Protection series.

But after some easy-peasy pealing of the ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape (the stuff came off like butter… soooo smooth), I was left with nice crisp white lines. The pattern totally looks like molding and makes the doors look way much more upscale.

Doesn’t it add a nice bit of pattern without being over the top? It’s simple, but feels classic and adds another layer of interest to the room. The bedroom is slowly getting closer to what I’d like it to look like. I still don’t quite know what that final version is, but it’s fun to add different elements over time and see how it comes together.

They just sort of blend in with the room now and actually make the space feel a bit bigger. Such an easy and quick (half-day) project, with great results. Even if you don’t happen to have sliding closet doors like these, you could use the same technique and pattern on any other kind of door or even a piece of furniture to give it that two-toned/molding look.

painted trim on closet doors

And just for kicks, I tried out my very first video tutorial. I feel a little bit mortified about being on camera (who knew I said “uhh/umm” and “so” that often?!), but here you go! It’s got the full play-by-play of the project with some extra tips and tricks. Promise you’ll still like me after watching, k?! Ha.


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colour me pretty: gorgeous gray

13th April 2012

I’m all about soft grays and neutrals right now as we get close to the home stretch of our bathroom reno (I’m thinking I’m going to keep the walls white and paint the ceiling gray, but I may change my mind..). If you happen to follow me on Pinterest, you may have noticed that I’ve been pinning a bunch of rooms in this colour all week. I love gray as my go-to neutral. It can be soft, moody, and have undertones of various different colours (violet, cool blues, yellows/greens, etc). It’s one of those colours that can be really hard to choose, but when you get the right one is oh-so-satisfying and lovely (I have painted our master bedroom three times in search of the perfect gray – landing on Coventry Grey by Benjamin Moore as my fave). I also recently painted a chevron ceiling in gray which you can see here. See what I mean about loving this hue? So, without further ado, here is some pretty pinterest inspiration to feast your eyes on.

Source: google.com via gemma on Pinterest

Source: google.com via gemma on Pinterest

Source: tinyurl.ms via gemma on Pinterest

Source: bit.ly via gemma on Pinterest

Source: bit.ly via gemma on Pinterest

Pretty, right? What do you think? Are you a gray lover like I am? It’s funny how gray is associated with gloom and rain, but totally reads cozy and fresh in a home (in my opinion, anyway!).

Happy Friday! Hope you all have a splendid spring weekend. We are up for more bathroom work, but plan to get out and enjoy the sunshine. Hope you do, too!  

master bedroom mini-reno update #3: dressing up the windows

26th June 2010

So, after re-painting the master bedroom (see post here) and adding some DIY artwork (check it out here), we still needed to do something about our bare windows. Remember what they looked like?:

a messy master bedroom with bare windows

a messy master bedroom with bare windows

Not only did we want some curtains for aesthetic reasons, we were also getting woken up super early every morning by the beaming sunlight that pours into the room. As you can see, there are two windows. Since the one on the right hand side in the photo above is up next to the closet and sits right above the nightside table, there wasn’t enough room to add curtains there. The other window however, had plenty of room! Since blocking the sun out in the morning had become a fairly high priority, we wanted some dark curtains. Although I thought I might attempt to make them myself with my new handy-dandy sewing machine, I’m afraid when I saw the well-priced duds at IKEA, I couldn’t resist. Hello dark gray beauties!

ikea curtains

ikea curtains

The great thing about these IKEA curtains is that you can hem them yourself with their user-friendly iron-on hemming strips.

Step 1: Hang your curtains and measure how much has to come off the bottom.

Step 2: Lay your curtain out flat and measure amount determined in step 1.

measuring for the hem

measuring for the hem

Step 3: Fold bottom of curtain (iron to get a really good fold) and place hemming strip underneath the fold.

place iron-on hemming strip under the fold

place iron-on hemming strip under the fold

Step 4: Iron slowly and carefully with hemming strip in place to ensure it bonds securely.

fold fabric over and iron across

fold fabric over and iron across

Step 5: Cut off the excess fabric.

Step 6: Hang and admire your new curtains!

We added some very simple (and cheap!) white blinds to both windows for some extra sun-blockage. It is amazing how much difference curtains can make to a room. I look forward to tackling more windows in our house (possibly with my sewing machine next time…!).

colour inspiration: gray and yellow

2nd June 2010

As you can tell from my most recent bedroom-painting extravaganza, I love the colour gray. It can be mixed with whites, other tones of gray and metallics for a chic look, or can be paired with a bold colour (like yellow!!) for something a little more exciting. Yellow and gray are a match made in heaven. The combo is so fresh and fun. I’m planning on adding a few punches of yellow into our bedroom eventually (hopefully with a custom DIY headboard… it’s on the “to do” list!). Here are some of my favourite inspiration rooms. Enjoy!!

via decorpad

via decorpad

via martha stewart

via martha stewart

via three men and a lady

via three men and a lady

via three men and a lady

via three men and a lady

via decorpad

via decorpad

via three men and a lady

via three men and a lady

master bedroom mini-reno update #1: seeing grey

8th May 2010

When we first moved in, I went on a painting frenzy throughout the main floor of the house. We choose a dark grey for the master bedroom – a striking colour. Both Dan and I loved it. However, after several months of searching and searching for the right curtain, accent pillow and headboard fabrics for that room, I started to love the charcoal grey less and less. Because it was such a dark colour, it was really difficult to match, unless you used white (which we have enough of already with all the white furniture). I found a few fabrics online that I thought would work nicely, but they were super expensive designer fabrics. Nothing was coming up in our “sale bin” budget. So, after spotting some curtains in IKEA that were a great price, I decided it was actually cheaper to re-paint than to leave the charcoal colour and buy the expensive fabric.

the bedroom BEFORE

the bedroom BEFORE

close-up of the charcoal grey colour

close-up of the charcoal grey colour

With paintbrush back in hand and paint clothes pulled out of the bottom drawer, I was ready to get down to painting (unfortunately this was a solo venture since Dan was away for work in sunny San Diego!). I chose what I thought was a perfect grey from Benjamin Moore, but once I had the first coat up on the walls, it looked more purple than anything.  Ick. I went back to the store for a second can and this time went for a more green-grey (called coventry grey, HC169). Luckily a few strokes in with this new colour and I knew it was just right. One coat and it was done – the perfect light grey tone I was hoping for.

the purple stage... thinking i'd made a big mistake in deciding to re-paint at this point!

the purple stage... thinking i'd made a big mistake in deciding to re-paint at this point!

the new grey on top of the purple grey.. phewww!

the new grey on top of the purple grey.. phewww!

master bedroom paint colour AFTER

master bedroom paint colour AFTER

Stay tuned to see how the bedroom mini-reno turns out!