Last Updated on February 11, 2019 by Kristi Linauer
I’m sure we’ve all heard the saying “the devil’s in the details.” And while I hate that saying, I understand the meaning quite well.
My present dilemma: interior doors.
I’ve been thinking quite a bit about my interior doors. Since my tiny little condo is so…well…tiny, I don’t have many! Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, three closets…you get the picture. I also don’t have many windows. That means that when the doors to the bedrooms (or, the bedroom and the office) are closed, the hallway is incredibly dark.
I’ve wanted to remedy this by replacing our cheap hollow-core doors with doors that have glass in them, and then etching the glass (or using the etching spray) for privacy. I was so inspired yesterday to see Layla and Kevin’s door makeover at The Lettered Cottage.
(Be sure to visit to see the whole before and after. It’s remarkable!)
That’s exactly the idea I want to use! I have also been incredibly inspired by the oh-so-talented Joni of Cote de Texas, in particular, this design that she shared a few months back where she painted all of the interior doors black.
(You’ll definitely want to see this home that Joni completely transformed.)
I love the idea of the black doors…or maybe dark brown. Anyway, I want to combine those ideas: the glass panel and the dark paint.
So I started looking around for some ideas online. Of course, there’s the very traditional option, and I could scour my local ReStore to see if they have any available for a reasonable price:
A not-so-traditional option, but I think I could make this out of a hollow-core door. Hmmmm….
Another non-traditional door, but also one that could be made from a hollow-core door.
But here’s the problem:
The very first door you see in my tiny little hallway is this:
I can’t stand this little partial door. Of course, it’s where the air conditioner is, and I know many, many homes have this, but generally it’s not so front-and-center. So if I go with my idea of the beautiful doors with glass panels, AND paint them a beautiful black or chocolate brown, what the heck do I do with this thing? Does it get painted too? It’s an eyesore, and I really don’t want to bring more attention to it, but I’ve learned that ignoring it doesn’t make it go away.
I know the perfect answer is out there somewhere! If you hold the answer, please don’t be stingy with the info!
Edit: As it turns out, all I needed to do was have lunch with my wonderully brilliant mom for the answer to my door dilemma! 🙂 She suggested that I paint the door, the trim around the door, and the vent the same color as the wall to make it “disappear”. Then proceed with my plans for gorgeous doors on my bedroom and bathroom. I think that’s fantastic! Such a simple idea. Now why didn’t I think of that!? What do you think?
I came up with a different idea for the door, and it’s finished! You can click here to see I transformed it…
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