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Beautiful Black Doors (and a Few Random Updates)

This weekend, I painted the doors in J & A’s master bedroom. I must now say that black doors are my new favorite thing. I mean, just a simple coat (or two) of black paint took average, run-of-the-mill doors and turned them into eye-popping design statements.

Here’s what the doors looked like before…just your everyday six-panel door.



And now….



Gorgeous!! I mean, those are no boring doors!

I also got the headboard polyurethaned, and it looks beautiful…


Okay, are you noticing a trend in these photos? It’s kind of like “Where’s Waldo”, only a little more obvious.

Let me just say, in my defense, I think the paint fumes had gotten to me. Or maybe it was just sheer exhaustion. But whatever the reason, I thought it was hilarious to have my Jack in the Box cup in every single picture. Yes, I was absolutely cracking myself up.

Now that I’ve gotten some rest (and have come down from my paint fume-induced high), I realize it’s not really funny at all. But now I’m laughing at how absurdly I was behaving! Oh dear…it’s a good thing I’ve never done drugs or been drunk a day in my life. It wouldn’t be a pretty picture, I can assure you.

Anywhoo…moving on…

I also wanted to add a quick addendum to Friday’s post about restaining old wood furniture. One person asked how, exactly, this works since the purpose of polyurethane is to seal the wood.

My answer is…I don’t know. All I know is that after giving the piece a quick sanding, it just seems to soak up the stain. Perhaps this method only works with very old furniture pieces, after the polyurethane has been oxidized for so long that it’s no longer serving its protective purposes.

But I wanted to show you just how much I sand the piece. It’s really not much at all, as you will see. The chair still has almost all of its original color after I sanded it. The pictures below show different parts of the chair after sanding (left), and then after restaining (right). The difference is really remarkable.



They should now be completely dry and ready for polyurethane and upholstery! I’m excited to get these finished. And what timing…JoAnn Fabrics had their upholstery foam on sale this week for 50% off!!

Well, I hope you have a great Monday!



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10 Comments

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    Angie
    June 28, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    To funny about the cup! 😉 Condsidering black doors now!! It looks fantastic!

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    Sharon Goetz
    June 28, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Hi Kristi, LOVE the black doors – but just a silly question – is the entire door black (or just the side in the photo) ?? THNX

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    Anonymous
    June 28, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    My sis in law has her doors in every room and to the outside a different color on each side depending on what color the room is they are in. The black is fab, classy looking.

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    Cassandra
    June 28, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    You're right. The black doors are amazing! I am also at a loss for words about this headboard. It's beautiful & probably cost less than $100, right? Where were you two years ago when I paid two arms and a leg for mine? 😉 Anyway, job very well done!

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    June 28, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Sharon, the whole door is black–both sides. I prefer all of the doors in a whole house to match…as well as all of the trim.

    Cassandra, the headboard was under $50. 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!! 😀

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    Susan Graham
    November 24, 2010 at 4:55 am

    It’s a pretty interesting tool. I will definitely be using it once I get the chance. Thanks

    for sharing!

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    Window Coverings
    February 4, 2011 at 3:27 am

    Wow they all look magnificent. However, I also wanted to have a glass sliding door for my rooms..What do you think?

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    Double Glazing Gloucester
    March 19, 2011 at 5:16 am

    The black door suited well with the color of the room. It looked more lively and attractive than before. The seat also improved a lot compared on how it looked before. Good job!

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    Double Glazing Gloucester
    April 10, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    The black door suited well with the color of the room. It looked more lively and attractive than before. The seat also improved a lot compared on how it looked before. Good job!

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    Sharon Goetz
    April 10, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Hi Kristi, LOVE the black doors – but just a silly question – is the entire door black (or just the side in the photo) ?? THNX

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