About 1 1/2 years ago, I made the first transformation with the french doors - the hardware. Most of the hardware (hinges, knobs) were brassy gold & the others were silver/nickel. I don't care for brass or gold at all, so I spray painted them. To see how I transformed the hinges, click here.
And the locking mechanism for the sidelites are pretty small, so it wasn't worth taping them off either. I did the same thing and hand painted around them.
Once I got to painting, it was smooth sailing. Until, this happened.
Bon Temps Beignet and she was having the exact same problems. So, I scraped it all off, sanded the muntins (I used Bon Temps Beignet's suggestion of roughing up that trim), and painted again. It didn't peel so bad this time, but it still peeled. I came to the conclusion that it was the cheap plastic muntins - the paint peeled on the doors and not on the sidelites and I noticed that the sidelites had a different type of plastic muntin.
A quick note: after I painted my doors, Censational Girl did this post about painting her french doors. First of all, after seeing her doors, I immediately wanted to re-paint mine in the exact color she used - so lovely!! (but I didn't - maybe later on down the road!) Second of all, I wish she had posted before I started painting my doors - it would have saved me tons of time from taping off all those windows! ;)
You can see what a difference the white paint makes in the picture below. The left doors are painted and the right doors aren't. Already looking much better!
After the doors were painted (I ended up doing 3 coats and used a small roller), I could really notice that now the casing around the doors really needed to be painted again. Against the freshly painted doors, they looked kind of yellowy.
So, I painted the casing pretty quickly. Just one coat did the trick.
I'm so glad the doors are finally done. It really does brighten up the living room. Even though it took me over the course of a few months to finish, it really can be done in a weekend or even in one day if you start early enough in the day. The holidays came and I did a lot of starting and stopping on this project which is why it dragged out. Sometimes that's just how I roll. :)
Originally posted by Adventures in DIY
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