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My Gray Interior Door

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I painted the interior side of my front door gray!  Sounds like a good plan right?  Here's the story! My entry bugs me. We didn't paint it when we moved in and it is yucky. The walls and trim are an off white color but it all looks dirty and dingy. I'm guessing it hadn't been painted in a loooooong time.  Plus, the previous owners had custom stained glass windows installed in back of the sidelights for privacy. Stained glass roses. Roses. In stained glass. I have a hammer hunch that they will be gone some day soon.

But for now... I decided that a little splash of color was the answer and dragged the kids to Lowes to find the perfect shade of gray with which to paint the interior side of my front door. Brilliant! Um, maybe not so much. It looks lavender at night.   I know I'm not supposed to take pics at night and natural light is best and blah blah blah but I had to show you!  ACK!  I did not want a purple door!

But like a good blogger, I do have a before to show you. Mind you, I'm a good blogger but not a great blogger so I remembered to take the picture after the blue tape was up. But you get the idea.

After, around 5:00. Still day light but starting to look purple.

9:30 PM. And we have lavender

So now what?
I thought maybe the yellowish trim was the problem so I repainted all the surrounding trim in a whiter white. Now it looks purple and fresh. awesome.

Do you have any good DIY gone awry stories?  If you do, I'd love to hear them!



  1. It really did brighten it up. Look at the positive!

    1. You are so sweet! Thanks for making me feel better! But alas, I have a feeling I'll be painting a door this weekend after my husband sees it. lol!

  2. I think it looks great for Easter! just paint it every Holiday! no. I didn't say that :)

  3. I like it! Leave it for a bit, see how you feel in a couple of weeks!
    And then if you still can't live with it - paint if black, lol - that's
    what I do - and black can look so elegant.

  4. It looks much better than the before picture! I like it but then I know what you mean when you wanted one color and it turns out to be something else. Oh, the transforming power of paint! I know what you mean about the stained glass windows.

  5. every do it myself story is one gone awry! i think your door looks great, it's bright and cheerful and totally makes your door the focal point.

  6. I really hate when that happens. A while back, I had chosen a nice taupe for my living room, wanting a nice neutral that would pop against the white trim. It stayed for approximately 1 day because as the light changed it took on a pinky purple tone. I find grey, taupe, and light tans hard colors to choose because of the undertones in them! But, on a happy note... the pretty lavender door is perfect for spring! Maybe a dark glaze applied right over it would tone down the coolness in that grey. Empathy, I have empathy for you right now! But it is nice and fresh!

  7. I have to see it in person before you do anything! Does it clash with the LR?

  8. Well, I think it still looks grate! You might want to try Sherwin Williams Mindful Grey. It's my favorite grey :)

  9. I actually like it but grey can be tricky.

    My story isn't a DIY one, but big nonetheless. We had picked out a very cool grey carpet for the whole house (except for the girls bedrooms). It was called Chinchilla. That sounds grey...right? Only after it was installed did we realize it looked BLUE! And not just at night, but all day and night long. The only place it didn't look blue was next to one daughter's room as she actually pick medium blue carpet. Right next to her door, the carpet looked grey.

    I eventually moved out of that house, so it's no longer my problem. (I don't suggest that as a solution to your door color.)

    Thanks for sharing.

  10. No DIY story to share, but way to find the positive and make this work for you. Turned out great! Thanks for sharing at this week's BFF Open House.

  11. Wonderful transformation!! I love it!


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