The Painted Patterned Door

Along with plastic mini-blinds, hollow core doors are the decor bane of my existence, and I'm embarrassed to say that we have both in our awkward 80s addition. What's worse, due to current budget restraints and our efforts to limit unnecessary house waste, we're not replacing them anytime soon. However, we're not letting them remain drab either...

• 1. Originally, I had plans to add raised trim to give the drab door the illusion of more architectural character, but while scrolling through the beloved and famed Chez Larsson blog I re-discovered Benita's old orange square trellis doors and immediately sprung into action.

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The square trellis in an incredibly easy pattern to accomplish with painters tape. It's bascially a series of overlapping squares. I used the 3/4 inch variety, but for a bolder large scale pattern the 1.5 inch width tape would have looked fabulous.

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While I liked Benita's idea, I knew I wanted something a bit more subtle, so I primed, painted the door a bright cool-toned semigloss white, then used leftover flat aqua wall paint (BenMoore's Barely Teal mixed in their self-priming Aura line) for the top coat. From the front it has a subtle tone on tone appearance, but from the side view there is a nice contrast between the semi-gloss and the flat paints.

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I'm still on a hunt for the perfect door handle to complete the transformation, but the painted pattern has made what was once a big embarrassment into a visually pleasing but not overpowering focal point— a step up from the lackluster contractor's special.

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• 2. This is a glimpse of the doors that started it all. You can check out our full post on Benita's work complete with a full how-to here, but also be sure to see her own stunning photos here &mdash along with a sneak peak into her pristinely organizied closets.

• 3. After painting my door, I found these beautifully painted closet doors that reminded me of a more complex take on the greek key. This pattern could easily be accomplished with 3/8 inch painter's tape as well.

• 4. This impressive door scape by Wary Meyers is a little too loud for my taste, but definitely admirable.

Patterned or plain, what's your preference for drab hollow core doors?

(Images: 1: Leah Moss, 2: Chez Larsson, 3: via Haven and Home, 4: Wary Meyers)

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