Welcome back! On today’s agenda is a discussion of interior doors. I’ve already shared with you about how we changed out the wood trim around all the doors and windows, and that we even replaced the baseboards and ceiling moldings. That has made such a huge difference at The Shack! However, the original interior doors going into all the bedrooms, bathrooms and closets are still pretty awful. They are all the original 1980’s hollow-core plastic laminated, fake wood grain, icky doors. Can you tell I really don’t like them much?
Our intention is to switch out these doors for wonderful antique versions…wouldn’t that be wonderful? Rustic, solid-wood doors that scream quality and have a sense of history…that would be so nice!
Replacing interior doors can be tricky though. It’s somewhat difficult to get them all plumb and fitting the right way inside of their frames. When a house is first built, the doors come pre-assembled inside of the jambs or frames. Then the whole thing is inserted into the wall opening and afterwards the drywall is applied. This way is much easier than trying to fit a door (or slab) into an existing opening. Still, that is our goal someday: to replace all the interior doors with better quality and much more attractive examples.
It will be awhile before we can add similar doors to The Shack. Especially since I want to use antique or vintage examples, and that will take some time to find. We have so many doors to replace and would want them all to be in a similar style. Also, the cost of all those doors starts to add up quickly…and my budget is limited at the moment!
So I came up with the alternative of painting the ugly, plastickey faux-wood, in the meantime. I’ve been using white milk paint for all the trim at The Shack, and I love how it’s turning out. But I’ve decided I’d like to paint the doors dark, which makes them more furniture-like within their new white wood trim.
So, the only thing left to do is start painting. I turned, once again, to Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint for chalky black paint. After a good washing and light sanding, I primed the laminated wood-grain doors with Kilz primer for good adhesion on the laminated surface.
Then I mixed up some Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in the ‘Typewriter’ color (it starts out in powdered form and you just add water) and added in a little ‘bonding agent’ to make sure it would stick really well. Then I applied a generous coat to the primed door. When it’s wet the paint looks nice and black, then dries to a chalky gray color which has a lot of texture.
Thanks for checking in with me today. Things are really starting to come along at The Shack. Until next time, make sure to like Robinson Interiors on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter, and DO stay tuned for future updates on The Shack!