• 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.
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.
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.
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.
• 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?