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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Updating the entryway with Sherwin Williams Iron Ore


It's time for another Monthly DIY Challenge!  This month's theme involved doors and I kind of wimped out and instead of creating a project, I decided to finally update our front door.  You probably don't remember, but I waited MONTHS to get our new craftsman style front door installed.  I special ordered the Jeldwen door to match the new garage doors and impatiently waited for it to be delivered and installed.
front of house
The door was installed back in September of 2014 and even though it looked okay, it was unfinished and in need of a paint job.  The exterior of the door will probably remain white, but the inside got a much needed facelift with Sherwin Williams Iron Ore.  Let me tell you, this color is amazing!  It's the perfect charcoal color and completely transformed our entryway.  

                            Sherwin Williams Iron Ore
It was about 10 degrees outside and snowing when I decided to give the door an update.  My husband thought I was crazy when he saw me taking off the door knobs and freezing cold air was blowing into our house.  You would think he would know by now not to question me and just go with it.  I guess he's still learning :)

To avoid opening the door as much as possible, I used frog tape to cover the hinges and only removed one door knob.   
Painting front door

Painting front door
I used a brush to cut in around the edge of the door and molding and then painted the rest of the door with a 6 inch foam roller.
Painting front door
I was a bit nervous after the first coat, but there was no turning back!

I never worry about cutting in the grids, do you know how tedious that would be?  I just paint them the best I can, clearly making a mess.
Painting window panes
After the paint is dry I use a blade and scrape off the excess paint.  It takes about 2 minutes and makes perfectly straight lines.
Scrapping window panes

Front door after

Painted front door, Sherwin Williams Iron Ore

Painted front door, Sherwin Williams Iron Ore

Painted front door,  Sherwin Williams Iron Ore
I just love how the door pops against my new plank wall.   


And what would a makeover be without a before and after?
I am really considering painting the mudroom doors the same color, but my husband isn't sold on the idea.  He thinks it might be too dark, but I love the look of dark interior doors.  You'll just have to wait and see who wins that battle.

If you are familiar with our Monthly DIY Challenges then you know that normally, 8-12 of my favorite blogging friends also join in on the fun.  Although, for many reasons only two of us were able to participate in this month's challenge.   Bre from Brepurposed is so incredibly talented and created a fun DIY shutter door with basket storage.   Head on over to her blog for all the details and don't forget to check out her project gallery for some incredible furniture transformations.

Shutter turned storage

Next month's challenge involves creating something using items from the Dollar Store and I can't wait to see everyone's creative ideas.



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46 comments:

  1. WOW! Looks great! I love SW colors. Pinned!

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  2. I love this! I have been pinning images of painted (black) interior doors--this is exactly the look I am going for but am really scared to do it. Thanks for more inspiration.

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    1. Trust me, I was scared too! Although, after seeing so many beautiful images on Pinterest I knew I had to just go for it. I'm sure your door(s) will look amazing!

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  3. It truly does make your entry way look so fabulous! I love the color :) And yes, clearly hubby has some learning to do ;) Never question a blog project haha. Thanks for the shout out too! Fun doing the challenge with you ;)

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    1. Thanks girl! Yes, never question a blog project :)

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  4. This turned out beautifully! I went through a similar project this month! Right down to wondering if we should paint the other interior doors the same colour! Too funny! http://mintygreendream.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Ha, great minds think alike! Your door looks great!

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  5. It looks fabulous, Katie! I love how it pops alongside your white wall! It just might be giving me the courage to paint ours too! So sad to miss this challenge but look forward to next month's!
    Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com

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    1. I'm all about the dark doors, I say go for it and paint yours! Thanks for stopping by, looking forward to next month's challenge!

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  6. Absolutly gorgeous! I'm planning to repaint my front door this Spring and this gives me great motivation!
    I would love for you to stop by my blog and join our Something to Talk About link party each week, Monday-Thursday!
    Have a great day
    Karen

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    1. So glad it gave you some motivation! I'll be sure to link up to the party! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  7. This looks beautiful, I actually really love your door, the little windows are cute! And your entrance is beautifully styled.

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  8. What an insane difference! I may be totally missing it in the old post, but do you have a link to the source of the door? I have GOT to get our floofy-brass-and-stained-glass outta here!

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    1. Hmmm, maybe I never added the link, LOL! Here it is....

      http://www.jeld-wen.com/catalog/exterior-doors/smooth-pro/fiberglass/glass-panel#group=All&model=model2281

      We went with fiberglass since it doesn't heat up or dent like our old metal door. They are more expensive, but worth the added cost.

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  9. Love the color you chose and it looks stunning with your new plank wall!!! Love love love!!!

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  10. I love the new color! I repainted our front door but could not talk someone into a color so it was painted white... I plan on repainting it again next year and I am loving the darker doors maybe just maybe I can talk him into it.

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    1. Thanks Megan! I know how it is trying to cinvince someone to do a project. Although, most times I just do it an hope he either doesn't notice or doesn't care :)

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  11. Found you from the Burlap and Babies Motivational Monday linky! Love the new door! I am currently in the process of updating my entryways this month too! Good job - and I say "go for it" you have to be happy in your home! :)
    Jenny from Renovar Design.

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    1. I completely agree, you should definitely be happy in your home. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by! I'm sure your entryway will look amazing.

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  12. I love how this turned out! I've been contemplating painting the back of our front door for months, but I can't decide between dark gray or blue. But, you may have swayed me toward gray!

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    1. That's a tough decision, but you really can't go wrong with either color. Our previous door was painted navy and I loved it as much as the dark gray. I look forward to seeing what you decide :)

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  13. I love it. Looks so nice. I painted mine a dark brown a year ago and I love it..thinking of doing all inside doors.

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  14. Oh, I just love dark doors! We painted the door going in to our garage a similar color about 5 years ago and it still makes me happy every day! :) Thanks for linking up at The Creative Circle - you know I love your entry! I hope you'll link up again this week!

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  15. That new door color adds so much drama to the space. I love it!

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  16. The dark door looks awesome!!! Love the windows in the door too. We recently painted our front door too and it makes such a huge difference.

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  17. Such a big transformation! It really rolls out the welcome mat and says "come on in"!
    Sharon @ zoesfrontporch.com

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  18. This is the perfect inspiration for me - I recently painted our foyer white and now the white door blends in way too much with the walls. I LOVE the color that you chose for yours! Thanks for sharing on Best of the Nest!

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  19. Great idea to paint to door - and so brave of you to go ahead with it instead of waiting! It looks wonderful and give your entryway a finished look.

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  20. My husband is not a fan of the black door either. I used sw black magic. I think I'm going to go try the iron ore. Maybe that will soften the look just a bit for him. Love the new door

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  21. If I paint the inside of my kitchen door (which leads to the deck), then I have to paint my pantry door and the inside of my door that leads to the garage--which would all be done black. The rest of my doors downstairs are white. What is your opinion on that? queeney12@yahoo.com

    I have to do something. It is driving me crazy.

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  22. Hi. Love the color you used in your door. Question, what color are your walls? Are they gray or beige? Can't really tell in picture

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  24. I am curious about the wall color as well.

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  25. I LOVE THIS! What colour are your entry plank walls???

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  26. May I ask where you got the door itself? I am looking for one just like this. Beautiful color!

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    1. Thank you! The door was a special order Jeldwen door from Home Depot. I hope that helps!

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  27. What color are your walls? They look a touch darker than mine but seeing this has me leaning toward painting mine dark too!

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  28. Hi beautiful entry way. Wondered if you could share the name of the wall color?

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  29. What style of sherwin williams paint did you use on the door?

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  30. What finish is this? I love how matte it looks but I'm afraid it will scratch.

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  31. That looks great!! I was also wondering if you could tell me where you found your entryway table with the drawers and bottom shelf? It's really cute!

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  32. Please please oh please tell us the color of the wall around door!!

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    1. The wall color is Sherwin-Williams Balanced Beige.

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