Stupid Doors

If you’re looking for beauty and inspiration, you won’t find it here today.  This post is all about the plain and ordinary.  Why?  Because I’ve been head-down painting every door in our house.  It’s not exactly been stimulating stuff.

We’ve lived in this house for almost 25 years and over that time, we’ve completed many renovation projects.  In the early years, one of those renovations was to replace all the doors, but eventually as each room went through various reincarnations, the doors were ignored for ‘another day’.

Well, you guessed it.  That day never arrived.

Not long ago, I made the mistake of actually taking a good look at our interior doors.  They had become a hodge-podge of slightly different colours often not even matching on the opposite side.  The only thing each one had in common was that they were looking worn and drab.

Plain 1

I seriously thought this would be a simple two day job – maybe three – to paint the 8 interior doors.  Unfortunately, this project has taken on a life of its own.

I hadn’t taken into account little things, like how slow I was going to be.  There was the minor detail of learning how to remove a doorknob and then reassembling it again … only after I took a long tour through Gilles’ toolbox trying to find the right-sized screwdriver.

Did you know you can ‘lock’ yourself in a room if the door-without-a-doorknob closes? Do you know how to open it again? I learned that one too … although in honesty I should admit it’s only because Gilles let me out.

The doors are all freshly painted now in a single matching white. Not “Antique Lace”, “Bit of Sugar”, “Spun Cotton”, or any other variation of *white*.  They are just white, plain and simple.

You’ve probably already noticed my new problem.  The door frames no longer match the doors.  Apparently I’m not finished painting after all.

Stupid doors.

I realize this is a sad excuse for a Thursday Door post, but – as you’ve likely discovered in the past – I’m not adverse to stretching the interpretation to suit myself.  Misery loves company, so maybe the next time you visit you could pick up a paint brush and lend me a hand.

So, I’m guessing you’re wondering why I haven’t included a photo of my clean white doors.  Well first of all, in my new self-imposed restriction to only take photos in Manual mode, my learning curve has been steep and rocky.  My previous 10% success rate has plummeted to 1 … and even then, that one is usually less than ok (as the above photo will attest to).

Secondly, do you really need to see a plain white door?

Do I sound grouchy?  Blame the doors.

Thursday Doors is a weekly photo feature hosted by Norm Frampton at Norm 2.0.

About Joanne Sisco

Retired but not idle. Life is an adventure - I plan to continue to embrace it.
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119 Responses to Stupid Doors

  1. I do know that if a door knob comes off it means you’re locked in. I feel for you. We are about to embark on a renovation project in our rental property that will involve the painting of doors. I think you sound no where near as grouchy as I’m going to become.

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  2. This is my favourite post of yours EVER!! I’m still chuckling over here….you do cross and grumpy better than any I’ve seen/heard/read about anywhere!

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  3. Poor Joanne, once you start painting it’s a slippery slope, as you’ve discovered! I’m lucky in that I have a husband who thinks I can’t paint! 🙂

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  4. I am thrilled that you posted a picture of the doors. I was eagerly awaiting their appearance. Great job making me laugh as I can easily imagine locking myself in a room without a doorknob. Glad Gilles let you out. I do wonder though, how long do you think the doors will stay white? None of my doors are in good condition, would you like to come visit and remedy that?

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      I guess it helps that there are just the 2 of us at home now. Adults bit to be less abusive to clean surfaces … although I’m cringing a little as I type this knowing that summer is coming and the walls and doors take a lot of abusive from the bicycles being moved in and out.

      Happy to help you with your doors if you can come help me with my ceilings 😉

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  5. I feel your pain! Our doors have not yet been painted and feel like such a grubby color. I prefer true white doors and trim. I had to mentally count the interior doors…13… plus the bi-fold doors on the laundry room, pantry, and 2 hall closets. Now I know why they haven’t been done yet! Best of luck on the painting journey. 🙂

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      It becomes quite shocking when you start to add up all the interior doors, doesn’t it?!

      I know I still have a lot of work ahead of me with door frames and baseboards. I think I’ll take a break for a little while. I like to quit before I start making sloppy mistakes 😉

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  6. Dan Antion says:

    Painting doors is the beginning of infinity. First, you notice that the door frames don’t match. Then, after you paint those, you notice that the baseboard doesn’t match. Of course, when the baseboard travels under a visible window, your eye is drawn to the window frames, and how they don’t match. Then, if you have crown molding in any room, well, you know. I have two words of advice:

    Contrasting colors!

    Greta post – thanks for the fun.

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  7. Doors always lead somewhere….even when they’re being painted and their locks work too well. In this case, doors led to a fabulous blog post. Well done. 🙂

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  8. Sue Slaght says:

    Joanne I am laughing, not at you of course. I could so imagine being locked in the room and Googling like mad how to get out. You inspired me to start shooting in manual. I can’t go completely cold turkey off automatic but tomorrow’s post is almost all manual. You may be grouchy but you have been inspiring me all week long. Xo

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      Awww – aren’t you kind!! ❤

      I'm looking forward to tomorrow's post. I'm not having much success with manual mode. I think there is something wrong with my camera 😉

      When I'm out on the trail, I carry my point-and-shoot so I can snap happily without worrying about whether I'll have a complete mess when I get home 🙂

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  9. reocochran says:

    Our doors were plain white and I could not believe all the dust and “spills” and oh! Hair spray creates a sticky surface. My two daughters, their friends and my stepdaughter all created the most difficult three doors, two bathrooms and the girls’ bedroom door.
    Just so you know, I couldn’t laugh since I am afraid of this situation coming back to haunt me! 😀

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      Hair spray is a blessing and a curse. It does leave a sticky mess – bathroom counter, the floor, anywhere it reaches. Ugh.

      My problem is that once I notice something isn’t *right*, I can’t ignore it. It’s like a siren song that calls to me.

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      • reocochran says:

        Completely understand, Joanne. Been there, done that: more with an older house in the past then the newer home we owned.
        One thing leads to another. . . Some projects are potentially never-ending! “Yikes!” to your “Ugh!”

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  10. treerabold says:

    Home projects…ugh!!
    Thanks for the giggle…Gilles had to let you out of the room? Lets find the positive side…at least it wasn’t an outside door and at least you weren’t locked outside!

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  11. Donna says:

    I am an admirer of your creative door posts, Joanne — and this piece is no exception. Now I find myself looking at our interior doors….which also need a bit of love! (Funny how I didn’t notice that yesterday!)

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  12. I painted the interior of our powder room door just last week, so I feel your pain (or at least 1/8 of your pain). Although, I took the door off its hinges and painted it flat on a couple of sawhorses in the garage. It was easier to do it that way and no risk of getting “locked” inside the room. I also have the trim yet to paint… not fun.

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      Painting a door flat on a sawhorse in the garage would have been a brilliant solution. Alas, it’s still winter here and it’s been nasty cold.
      Maybe I should wait until warmer weather to do the door frames. Then of course it will be nice outside and I’ll be doing all kinds of other things besides painting 😉

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  13. Su Leslie says:

    What’s not to like about this as a “doors” challenge — especially as you’re doing the painting and I’m not. It’s taken us 17 years to get 18 internal doors (plus frames, trim, etc) all the same colour (hint: not the original dark brown). Now of course, like the Forth Bridge, we’re about due to start on the first-done again. Sigh.

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  14. Now this is a genuine contender for the Thursday doors! What could be more doorish than this. We have just made the decision to change from round door knobs to levers and your post has triggered the horrible realization that I may have to repaint too😱.

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      I LOVE the levers. These are still the original handles we put on 20 some years ago and I wouldn’t want anything else.
      They were great for the boys when they were small and I’m thinking they will be considerably more forgiving on my aging hands!

      … but yes, you might find yourself repainting 😉

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  15. bikerchick57 says:

    Stupid doors. Stupid frames. Stupid painting job. Stupid screwdriver. Stupid bathroom door.

    PS: I’m glad Gilles was home to help you escape from the bathroom, although an “I’m stuck in the bathroom while writing this,” post might have been fun.

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  16. Norm 2.0 says:

    Why is it that seemingly simple home projects always take on a life of their own? So did you use a screwdriver or did your fingers fit inside the handle opening to pull back the latch spring? You could also use a coat hanger hook or a credit card to push or pull open the latch, between the door and the jamb. Don’t ask me how I know: too many reno/repair projects myself over the years.
    Hopefully the results will make it worthwhile.
    Good post 😀

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      Projects rarely finish when you think they will, or cost what you hope they will :/

      This particular door was really difficult and no finger, pen, or other object would open the latch. Gilles reinserted the “working part” of the doorknob to re-open the door. The things we never consider!!

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  17. I adored your story and appreciated your stream of thoughts through the process.
    I, too, have been locked inside a room without a door knob – it’s a scary and humbling feeling because the only way out is to ask for help! You will feel so refreshed when you’re all finished and BTW…nothing is ordinary any more – look at the awesome story that arose from wood and paint 🙂

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  18. Oh what a boring job. I’m not much of a painter, but when we did some painting a few years ago, I got the doors – yay me! It’s true there’s no glory here, only know that you did something worthwhile and if you ever put your house on the market, you will be glad you did this. And getting locked in a room is only funny AFTER you have been rescued! Thanks for making me smile.

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      I think the only thing worse than doors are ceilings. I would even prefer baseboards … although knowing I have baseboards in my future, I might be recalibrating that opinion at some point 😉

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  19. joey says:

    I have written a post about all the doors in my house. They ALL have quirks, every last one of them. The only one I plan to paint is the front door, though. Most are wood and I just polish them. What I have done is painted the trim, and the trim, and the trim — and it has taken me, oh, three years? lol to do all the trim in my back hallway, because it has FIVE doors.
    You have my sympathy.

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  20. nrhatch says:

    And the worst part . . . NO ONE is going to come in and say, “Oh, your doors! Your doors are exquisite! What is your secret?”

    . . . unless, of course, they read this blog post and are clued in to admire your handi-work. 😀

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  21. Lynn says:

    Then once you paint the trim, the baseboards need to be done! Oy, I feel your pain. It is never ending job, that’s for sure. I must admit I did have a little chuckle over you locking yourself in a room though, hope you at least had a cup of tea in hand while you waited for Gilles to rescue you!

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      A tea would have been nice, but all I had was a wet paintbrush. Even the tray of paint was on the other side of the door :/

      … and yes, I’ve already noticed that my problem doesn’t end with the door frames. The scope just keeps creeping …

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  22. Well done on eventually getting around to painting those doors, lol! Closing the door with no handle on it made me smile. Don’t feel so bad, Joanne, I’ve done it myself – more than once. Pull those door frames off and start a new trend, then you won’t have to paint them. 😉

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  23. How I can relate! We put off the doors til last too. It was just before Thanksgiving last Nov. that we finished replacing & painting our doors so they all match. It’s not glamorous but it’s really nice having it done.

    I’m so glad Gilles was home when you got locked in without a doorknob!

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  24. Phil R says:

    Gilles obviously appreciates your efforts (as releasing you from captivity proves) (unless there were unfinished doors, I suppose) but I’m sure I wouldn’t be the only one to tip my beret your way (if I had one, not being a painter I don’t, but if I did, I would) Perhaps I should shut up…

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  25. Ah doors, aren’t they are a rewarding project? I had the brilliant idea to sand our old doors down, then I wanted to restain them one by one. It ended at one, the result can be seen in my bedroom, but only if the door is closed. Never got around to it again and I will refuse to remember it now.

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  26. Doing this project, I don’t see how you could NOT post about it! Sounds tedious! Good luck!

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  27. I laughed silly with this post! Yes, we’ve all been there with some project or another and wished we would never have started it!

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  28. If you paint the door trim, shouldn’t you also paint the window trim and baseboard so it all matches? Hehehe. Just teasing. Your post reminds me why I live in a log house with wooden doors. No painting! Dusting the darn log walls, yes, but no painting. 🙂

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  29. Heheh. It’s a good thing that first, I don’t have a manual mode on my point-and-shoot, and second, that I don’t live nearby, or I’d visit and draw a little green flower on all your doors. On both sides. 😀 (Not even Irish!)

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      I’m starting to curse the manual mode.

      I. will. master. this. beast.

      … but today I went out with my little point-and-shoot and it was a glorious day 😉

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      • You will! My first digital camera ever, a Canon, had a manual mode. I tried, I really did, but without any sort of theoretical background it was just hilarious. I can tell you are a bit more… dedicated than me and have every confidence that you’ll succeed. 🙂 *draws a tiny flower, it’s St. Patrick’s after all* 😀

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        • Joanne Sisco says:

          There’s not too much green here, but I’m channeling St Paddy’s anyway 🙂

          I’m taking a few photography courses online. I find I have to repeat sessions because they make my eyes glaze over. Photography is terribly science-y 😉

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  30. Joe says:

    LOL only you would get locked in a room while painting Joanne 🙂 What if Gilles wasn’t home to let you out. Let that be a lesson to you. Always bring a screwdriver with you when closing a door to paint. This way at least you have something to drink while waiting to be saved 🙂

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  31. ((((((((((((((((((((((((Joanne)))))))))))))))))))))))) I was a bit out of sorts this morning when I woke thinking it was Friday, then realized my post hadn’t posted (forgot to hit “AM” on the new, annoying WP schedule feature), after that realized it was Thursday and my TD post hadn’t posted, got up, went downstairs and posted it, linked, then realized the link was from the Yosemite weather site I’d looked at the night before and sent to our daughter. Went back and lay in bed for a few minutes before getting up and trying it all again.

    I painted just three doors in our house in Cleveland prior to putting it on the market, so I can empathize. But 8 or 18? No thanks! However, when you’re done, they look SO much better that you can keep looking at them and congratulating yourself for days. 🙂

    janet

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      Poor Janet. You were off to a rough start this morning. I hope the day got better … a lot better.

      For all my whining and complaining, I actually like painting. There is something very *zen* about it – not to mention the fact that the results of your work is instantaneous.

      I’m older and wiser now. I know to stop BEFORE I get so tired that I make really bad mistakes … like stepping on the tray of paint. It’s a fear … a very real possibility. I stop at the first signs of getting sloppy.

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      • My day was fine after the first half hour or so. 🙂 The sun was out, even though it was cold; it was warmer than it’s been; I started getting my clothes organized for California.

        I understand what you say about the painting. Painter’s tape is quite useful, too. I shudder at the mere thought of stepping on the paint tray. I had an accident while staining our wood floors before putting the house on the market. I don’t remember exactly what happened, but stain splattered all over, including on our TV stand, TV, and DVD’s, etc. It was horrible!! Luckily, I was able to get everything really cleaned up and never mentioned it to my husband, who was already in Naperville. 🙂 I should still be safe, as he doesn’t follow your blog.

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  32. Heyjude says:

    Once upon a time I used to redecorate my home every couple of years, then I moved and redecorated and renovated an entire house, not once but twice in two years (moved so changed the bright colours I had chosen back to neutrals), 5 years in a lovely white and cream flat that I left alone except for touch-ups were followed by 5 years in a rental where I had to live with a jasmine white in every room… Now I have my own place again and I am wrecked with indecision. It’s mainly white with off-white trims, but I want some colour!! Fortunately the doors are all wooden. I had thought of painting them, but after reading this maybe not…and I am also wondering if my 13 year older self can actually still manage to paint a ceiling!!

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      I cringe at the thought of painting a ceiling. The kitchen ceiling has been on my to-do list for 2 years. I keep putting it off.
      If you have wooden doors, PLEASE don’t paint them. You’re welcome 🙂

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  33. Ally Bean says:

    Oh, I feel your pain. In the end, if you don’t find yourself locked in a room forever, it will be worth the effort you make to paint all the doors + frames the same color. But the doing, it’s always the doing, that just about kills you with these “small” home improvement projects that take forever.

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      The problem is those door frames will haunt me until I do them … but I’m older and wiser now. I know to take at least a week off before I start to tackle them. If I try to rush painting, very bad things happen {memories of spilled paint – shudder}

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  34. “Did you know you can ‘lock’ yourself in a room if the door-without-a-doorknob closes? Do you know how to open it again?”

    Actually, yes, sort of. One night, when I was home alone, I closed the bedroom door, for some crazy reason, that eludes me now. And I couldn’t get the door open again. This was a hundred-year-old door, with vintage hardware. I’m here to tell you that a high karate kick does the job, complete with vocalizations. Haiiii- YA! I was lucky I didn’t break an ankle. Or wreck the door.

    I’m glad that you wrote this post. I was hoping you would.

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  35. Helen Bushe says:

    I laughed out loud remembering how easily brass door handles fell apart in my hands and how hard they were to reassemble. plus, I could never wait long enough to put them back on and generally smudged the paint and got it on my hair.
    We now have a very nice painter and decorator called Andy. He can paint all our doors beautifully (and effortlessly) in jig-time. No mess either. He is also expert with door handles and remounting TVs on walls.

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  36. Relax... says:

    God bless ya, I don’t know if doing our doors is even on the list anymore. A long, lonnnng time ago, DH took some (2) doors off to redo what much of the trim and all the other doors on two floors bore — varnish so old it looked like it had been boiled past usable and then applied with a dirty pteradactyl feather. Or foot. He made new trim to match the newly-smoothed doors, which led to basbeboards.. It took an ice age, and some window trim is still missing, and we try to care about that, but we don’t. I wish I had your determination!

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  37. The nature of paintings doors. First the frames also need updating, then the baseboards. There is no end to it 😀

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  38. Sounds like a lot of work. Hubby has replaced and painted all 18 doors in our house in the course of remodeling. He’s still got to repainted the garage door and yesterday put two coats of red paint on the new double front doors. It will take another two coats today. He has the patience of Job. 😅

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  39. Thanks for the chuckle. 🙂 I like painting projects but eight doors and trim is quite a project. Applause to the painter.

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