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Thursday, April 26, 2012

White French Doors Restyled


After living with boring brown wooden french doors for 2 years, 
I finally took the plunge, or should I say found some time 
on my to do list, and painted them white.  

Below is the before pic taken when we first moved in.  

Firstly we removed all the brass hardware.  

Then I taped around all the glass windows inserts.

Next I sanded and did an undercoat and, then 3 overcoats of
white semi gloss paint.

I spray painted the handles with a grey metal undercoat.
Then applied 2 coats of gloss black spray paint. 

 I decided not to take the doors off the hinges, 
and instead painted straight over them in white. 

After all the tape was pealed off and the glass cleaned (sparkle, sparkle), this was the result.

I'm so happy with how they turned out.
They make the entry seem bigger and brighter now. :)
And the black handles look so much better.

What do you think?

:) Julie

21 comments:

  1. They look sooooo much better! Great job!

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  2. It's big project to redo. Very pretty outcome. Love white love France.
    Terrie from Hong Kong

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  3. Hi Julie, wow, this turned out beautifully. I love French doors, so much character! and it made such a big change in your room. thanks so much for linking up to the party!!

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  4. Beautiful! I'm in the process of painting my French door white but goofed when I thought I would antique it!! It looks awful! Now I'm back to square one... the things we do to ourselves!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks for the inspiration, I'm gonna need it!

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    1. Don't give up Anne. My paint started to peel a bit and I almost started to give them a chippy look, but glad the paint set properly in a few days and I just patched up the chips. It is a bit time consuming but worth the effort. :) I'd love to see yours when you finish. :) x Julie

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  5. Absolutely the right decision, Julie! They look fantastic! A little white paint is magical, don't you think??? lol!

    xoxo laurie

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    1. Thanks Laurie! I haven't thought about it before, but that is so true. White paint is magical! :) Love your blog. I'm following along. Thanks for dropping by mine. x Julie

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  6. They turned out awesome! Thanks for sharing at A Pinteresting Party!

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  7. What a difference! It looks great and I love the blue of that other furniture in the picture. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
    Jenn :)

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  8. Your hard work really paid off! Very nice...so fresh and clean. It completely woke up the area!

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  9. Great job, wow! I love your doors and I love French doors, they are so romantic and cozy. Have a great week.
    FABBY

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  10. I love the black hardware with the white doors! Beautiful!

    Thanks for sharing at Beautify It Monday! We hope you'll be back again next week!

    -Four Sisters

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  11. Hi Julie,

    Your French door makeover is fabulous! Just love them in white. Wishing you a great week.

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  12. Wow! What a great transformation!

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  13. Yes, they look fab - right down the contrasting black handles. Well done.

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  14. Your pretty doors are fabulous and are a feature this week! Thanks for linking up!

    http://daysofchalkandchocolate.blogspot.com/2012/05/features.html

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  15. Looooove the after!!! Amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do to transform a project! Featured ya this weekend ;)

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  16. White is so fresh and beautiful. Do you mind sharing what paint you used for the hardware? I'm so new to this world and I have a lot of questions. They turned out so nice.

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    1. Hi Camille! I used a flat grey metal primer first, then 2 coats of gloss enamel black spray paint that I get from our local automotive store. It's great for metal. It's called Australian Export and is relatively cheap to buy. I use it on all my spray paint jobs, ie. cane, wood, metal, ceramic. Hope this helps. Feel free to ask as many questions as you like, everyone is so nice! x Julie

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  17. Did you use a roller or brush on your french doors? Thanks!!

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