Paint the frames on your French Doors? Why not?

Our friends had a major makeover on their home. Every bit of trim in the home was replaced and stained a beautiful rustic shade from Varathane called BriarSmoke.

Unfortunately, the frames of their French doors were that orangey looking faux oak. They now stood out like a sore thumb. They didn’t want to buy new doors, so they asked me if they could be painted.

I knew that type of door could as I had painted them before. I also was confident that our Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint (MLPC) could be blended to match pretty closely.

Materials used:

* Base color – Round Bales (MLPC)

* Blending colors – French Roast and Gray Goose, and a little more Round Bales. (MLPC)

* Water

* Several size brushes including a flat artist brush I used for blending

But first things first – I did a sample board. Even I was impressed how closely it matched!

I did forget to take pics, but hope I can explain the technique I used. First of all, my friend had cleaned the door well and even taped off the glass for me.

After painting just one coat of Round Bales on the doors, I was ready to blend. I didn’t need full coverage, as I would be blending other colors with it.

1. I put French Roast on a 1″ chippy brush and painted some random stripes on a small section.

2. I took the flat 1″ artist brush, dipped it in water and blotted it on paper town and blended those stripes, sometimes leaving a little of the round bales showing.

3. I used the same Round Bales brush (sometimes adding a touch more paint) and blended it with the French Roast.

4. I continued blending and adding both paints until I got the look I wanted.

5. I then randomly painted just a few dabs of Gray Goose and blended it in with the Round Bales.

The result was very close to the trim and after drying overnight almost spot on!

That’s it! These French doors now look like all the other doors in the house, match the trim, and saved my friends from having to buy new doors. Pardon the shadow on the lower left door.

A Painted Desk Chair

Our Missouri Limestone Paint Company Chalk-Style Paint … Sour Green Apples … a wash of January … champagne glaze ….sealed with Varathane Polyurethane.

My friend came to visit and brought a chair Lol. So in between jobs for my kids, we painted her chair. Can’t wait to see it in place in her house.

An Outdated Red Brick Fireplace Gets an Amazing Transformation

Our son and daughter-in-law wanted to update their family room and asked us to help paint the walls and wainscoting and use our Missouri Limestone Paint Company Chalk-Style paint to update their outdated red brick fireplace.

The walls were painted with Valspar “Tempered Gray” and the wainscoting and trim with “Snowcap White”.

I mixed Missouri Limestone Paint Company Chalk-Style Paint “Winter Gloves” 50/50 with water. I found using a sponge brush didn’t make much of a mess. Working in sections, I brushed the mix on, then wiped it with a rag. I then lightly brushed it again (without dipping the brush). I used a different brush to smooth it out and blend it. This was a big fireplace so it took awhile, but still less than a day.

We didn’t quite get all the wainscoting finished, but the fireplace is stunning!

At least they won’t have too much more to do to finish up and have a beautiful new room!

Here’s the color scheme for the room:

Walls: Valspar Tempered Gray and Snowcap White

Floor: Vinyl floating floor from Menards

We finished all the walls, but this is as far as we got on the wainscoting, but the room is going to be beautiful. I can’t wait to see it all completed!