Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Green with Envy

When I first started this blog, I declared that when we moved to our new house, I would have a lime green door.

This was my inspiration:

Here's what we started with: (this pic is from our first tour of the house before moving in)

I really liked the door, but I was dying to get a few coats of paint on it!  After TONS several different trips to the paint store, purchasing 5 different samples of lime green paint, and after hours of agonizing over which lime green to use,

I finally just dumped all five colors together with my leftover kitchen paint (which was a lighter shade of lime green) and got to work.  I started by lightly sanding the door to get off the shiny finish that was on it, to get off any oily grime from fingerprints, and and to sand down and smooth out the 3 paint swatches I had painted on it that you see above.

I also taped off the glass and the hinges so that no stray paint would end up there.  Then I got busy painting away with my custom mixed lime green paint!

It took two full coats to get the door completely covered.  Our green ended up a little lighter than my inspiration door, but I like the way it came out.  It blends nicely with the cool blue on the walls in the laundry room and since you can see the door from the kitchen, it echoes the pale lime on the walls in there as well.

Here's another before and after:

Definitely much lighter and brighter.  I am no longer green with envy because it's ALL MINE and I love it!  :o)


  1. I love the laundry room colors and the door and all the cabinets on the right! The kitchen came out well too.

    Those are vintage cabinets! From the photos they look to be in very good condition. Google vintage kitchens on Pinterest.

    1. Thanks so much! To my knowledge the kitchen and laundry area cabinets are original to the house... around 1940's era. I LOVE the cabinet hardware in the laundry room... vintage art deco... sadly the hardware in the kitchen had been updated before we moved into the house. I would love to find vintage hardware to match!