Inspiration Monday: Shut The Front Door! April 18, 2011 Life 2 Comments 4230 I’ve been planning to change the cranberry doors/shutters on the house for a little while, but it took me awhile to figure out what I wanted to do. At first, I thought I’d paint them another color like a bold Colonial-ish red. But, in case you didn’t know, my house is two-toned. Our House, 2008 The red would look great with the gray, but not so much with the tan on the upper half (which is why I believe the builders went with cranberry). Originally, both doors were white. For some reason I thought I’d paint them to match the shutters. I liked for awhile, but after a few years I grew tired of it. Now I positively hate it! UGH So I moved on from red and started thinking about other, more neutral colors. I saw this photo in the magazine and fell.in.love. Image courtesy of Real Simple Magazine I was totally sold on the black glossy paint until I came across photos of people who turned their fiberglass or steel doors into wood doors using a faux wood graining technique. Check out these formerly steel garage doors: Image courtesy of Fine Lions Amazing, right? I decided to do a little more research to see if this was a look I could duplicate myself. It turns out it’s a totally easy DIY project. Or, at least that’s what I’ve read 🙂 Since I’ve got embossed wood grain on my fiberglass entry doors, I can use a gel stain to make them look like real solid wood. Something along the lines of this: Image courtesy of Doors By Decora This is the plan, anyways. I’ve already started on step one, and I’ll update you whether I’m successful or not. I figure if it’s a total flop I can just go back to my original plan of glossy black doors (and shutters). But if I like the result, I’ll do everything with this technique. I think the faux wood finish will add more craftsman character to the exterior, don’t you? 2 Responses Leighann April 19, 2011 I adore your house! It’s soooo gorgeous! Wish I could find that style home around here, I’d move in a heartbeat! Reply Leighann April 19, 2011 I adore your house! It’s soooo gorgeous! Wish I could find that style home around here, I’d move in a heartbeat! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Leave this field empty CAPTCHA Code* Check here to Subscribe to notifications for new posts Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.