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.
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.
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.