Painting the Back Door: Take 2

Painting the Back Door: Take 2 | chatfieldcourt.comHope you had a good weekend. We had about 6 inches of snow on Saturday and they are calling for more this week. #longestwinterever  I was excited to watch the Super Bowl, we all know how that went, but I’m sad that football season is over. At least the Olympics are beginning this week. ๐Ÿ™‚

I have been busy in the guest bedroom fixing the cracked caulk and painting the ceiling and this week I hope to finish painting the trim and bookcase.

Since I don’t have any pics to show you of the guest room progress yet, I thought I would share the back door that I had trouble painting (you can read about that here). This door is old, rusted and pretty beat up so my plan was to just throw a coat of paint on it until I get a new one, but of course it turned into a bigger job. The door started out white and this is how it looked after I painted it the first time (in the pic I had already peeled some of the paint off of the plastic window grid). The paint just didn’t want to stick to the white plastic grid in the window.

Painting the Back Door: Take 2 | Painting the Back Door: Take 2 | chatfieldcourt.comI ended up peeling most of the paint off that was on the window grid, a huge job btw. I was just going to leave the grid white, but not all of the paint would come off and it just looked terrible, so I decided that it would look best all painted. This time around, I took some course sandpaper and sanded the whole plastic grid and door down and, after wiping it down, I primed everything using Kilz primer.

Painting the Back Door: Take 2 | Then I painted two coats of Benjamin Moore Thunder, the same color I used in my living/dining/entry, waiting 48 hours between coats. The paint went on much better than the last time and it didn’t immediately come off every time my brush hit it. I did have trouble taking the tape off the glass though. It ended up pulling some paint off and when I tried to touch up the spots, the plastic wouldn’t accept the paint. Ugh!Painting the Back Door: Take 2 | chatfieldcourt.comI’m sure you noticed that I ended up using a different paint color. I went with a lighter color because I wasn’t crazy about the door being so dark, in an already dark area of the room. I’m not sure I love this color either, especially with the swiney beige kitchen walls, but for right now I’m just glad that the painters tape is off and that the paint is not peeling. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Once I figure out what I’m going to do with the kitchen, I’ll figure out what color the door should be. I’m sure there were be a “Take 3” down the road.

Have you done any projects lately that took a lot longer than you expected?


Shares 5


  1. Carisa
    Monday,February 3, 2014 / 10:08 am

    I’m glad some of our tips from before helped. Stay warm and safe with all that snow coming!

    • Kristi
      Monday,February 3, 2014 / 10:33 am

      Thank you Carisa! So far so good with the paint sticking. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *