Friday, September 28, 2012

Foyer Progress - Front Door Spruce Up!

The foyer is coming along nicely and I just finished a project I had absolutely no intention of doing - my front door.  It was a very pretty solid oak door and sidelights but the other night I got "an itch" to maybe paint it.  I know wood purists will be furious but I did keep the actual door natural wood - I just painted the side lights and added a header.  It wasn't much work and I am thrilled with the new look.

This is what I started with.  I KNOW I KNOW - it is a solid oak door and not meant to be painted.  But I just found it to be a little blah.  I wanted a change and I struggled for days whether or not to touch this door with the dreaded white paint brush.  :-)

So, I started painting and almost as sure as I finished a white side light, I was terrified I had make a mistake.  Even when both sidelights were done, I wasn't quite as thrilled as I hoped I would be.  It needed something - it was too boring.  So I looked around for some scrap wood and I found a 1 x 2, 1 x 4 and 1 x 6 in various colors.  I painted them all ultra white with cabinet and trim paint  - so thick and creamy its awesome!

I nailed them together to form this header.  

I added a piece of crown molding and wa-lah!  Instant header.  I secured it to the wall with two nails into the studs and some liquid nails.  

I really like the result - it adds character and ties in with the rest of the white molding.  I have to finish painting it and filling some trim holes but I am quite pleased.  

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  1. I love how it turned out! Very nice trim header thing! :)

    1. Thank you Crystal. I know I don't know what to call it either. I like trim header thing. LOL!

  2. I love the paint and the header! Makes such a huge difference. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from The Stuff of Success. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  3. I love the painted header and the sides. It really makes the door pop. I think you were right to leave the front door wood. Thank you so much for sharing this at Silver Pennies Sundays!

  4. Oh I love the header! I need to go rummage in my wood pile and see if I can try this. Thanks for the inspiration. Visting from BNOP.

  5. I love your door transformation! I have a similar door in my house that this would be fun do.

  6. wow that header looks so wonderful and really makes the whole door area look more finished and expensive...Have you ever thought of painting the door white as well...I think it would just look even more complete...what ever you decide it looks wonderful...

  7. Wow, I love it. I actually pinned it because I want to do something similar with my front door. The only real difference with ours is the sidewindows are seperated with a small 3-4 inch of wall not wood. Maybe if I just paint that area white to match the white molding around them and the door it would flow nicely. Thanks for the great idea!

    1. Hi - thank you! I think that if you painted that small area it would look awesome. I am sure it would make your door much more grandiose! Good luck and let me know how it goes! :-)

  8. You had a beautiful wood door, but against the yellow walls, I understand why you wanted to make an update on it. While I do think you did a spectacular job with the header, I'm not too keen on the white sidelights. I think it's too stark a contrast against the dark oak, but that's just me. Thanks for sharing!
    -Terry Arnold @ Integrity Alaska

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