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A Little Black Paint

You all know by now that I am feverishly working on our Patio for the Home Depot Style Challenge.  I had a nice organized little list of things that needed to be done, and then I swiftly picked up a paint brush & attacked our doors even though there was no talk of any makeovers on their part & even though it was only 40 degrees outside.

Why?  Because I have loads of free time on my hands you might say?!?  Negative.  I had NO time to start this project, but in the end I am thrilled that I did.  I didn't even take before shots because I didn't think there would be that big of a difference.  Boy was I wrong.  So let's reference some old shots shall we?

They are already black right?!  Well, when I painted the doors black a few years back I apparently had on my lazy pants (you have those right?) & decided I liked the look of the black doors with the white trim.  Really I just talked myself into that as to not have to paint the mullions.  I told ya.  Lazy Pants.

So after the painting bug hit me a few days ago I just went for it.

I used Rustoleum's Door Paint in Black... Now here's the lowdown on this product.  It's got some negative reviews, but this is the second time I have used it & I am a FAN!  Our doors have Metal, Wood & Plastic components & it works well on all of them.  The plastic parts did need a second coat, but I rarely go into any project with the expectation there will be only one coat.  It dries in a timely manner with little to no brush marks & has a nice satin finish.  Plus, a little goes a long way.

And when it came to the mullions, I used this trick from Diane over at In My Own Style...  Genius!

How to paint window trim

I still had to use a razor blade to get a few paint streaks off the windows, but nothing like in the past.  
Such a time saver!  Thanks DIANE!

I also decided to paint the wood trim around the doors too.  Which also involved painting the housing for our magnetic screen doors too...  I think painting the trim gave the doors a chic look & made more of a statement.  It completely dressed up the patio & is helping to take it to the next level.

I wish I could share more photos, but there is no way to without giving away more of the deck progress!

Much better right?!?  I think so, & I suppose that is all that matters.

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  1. What a huge difference. Love when a project you don't expect to have much impact turns out to have huge impact. Just had the same thing happen when I painted our banister black. So excited to see the rest of the patio!

  2. Some much more stately and elegant looking without the {distraction} of the white mullions. Amazing how the addition of I assume 2" or so on both sides for the screen housing painted black totally changes the scale of the door. Looking forward to your porch reveal & ideas. Robin

  3. Wow, they look super! Definitely classing up the place!

    I just painted my powder room a color I'm calling coal. It's an enormous difference from the soft blue that was in there previously. Reveal coming in a week or two on my blog, as soon as I get my new artwork framed for the space.

  4. Stunning! Made such a positive difference. I do love black in any form...yes, walls included. :) Will have to check that out.


  5. Looks amazing! Great job. And so glad I am not the only one who wears lazy pants sometimes. :)

  6. Painting the frames black really made the doors pop. I have a can of black paint for my French Doors that I have not cracked open yet. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Dana at

  7. Love it! It really did make a huge difference!
    House on the Way

  8. Wow. I absolutely love this- it looks so luxe. Paint is such a fun and cheap fixer-upper. Now it looks magazine ready!

  9. The doors look great! I'm a fan of pretty much anything that will (positively) highlight those architectural details.

  10. Love this! It really makes everything stand out. What color paint is your house?


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