J and I took this week off as we have some family in town and wanted to spend some time with everyone. While our guests were out exploring the city, I got motivated and off to Home Depot we went!
What did we get up to, you might ask?
These doors had bothered me for a while. The white was dingy and dirty, and the plastic window panes had yellowed very badly over the years. Of course, I should have done this during the summer so I could paint both sides, but I decided that painting the kitchen-side of the doors would satisfy me for the time being.
So after cleaning the doors and removing the ugly metal blinds, coat number 1 went up:
At this point, I was definitely thinking that it looked terrible. We hadn't made a decision on what to do with the panes (we actually had thought of doing them white) so I googled some photos and came across this from Decor Pad:
Of COURSE the panes should be painted - why didn't I think of that to begin with?!
Coat number 2 (still wet):
And the final product:
The paint colour is the same as our front door and the dining room french doors: Benjamin Moore's "Polo Blue". To me, it is the perfect colour - dark enough so that it pulls black when you first look, but in the right light you see the gorgeous navy of it.
I must say, it is a huge improvement in the kitchen. It really sets off the other colours in the kitchen/family room combo and makes the doors look brand new.
Anyhoo - Happy New Year to everyone!! Thanks for reading this ol' blog (I know there are a lot of blogs you could be reading, but it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside that you visit mine!) and I wish you all the best for 2011!
ETA: I received a question about how I painted the panes next to the glass. Basically, I just painted over them and then I used one of these handy tools to scrape the paint off the glass. It was super easy (and way less stressful than taping each pane!).