Snazzy! Besides making our small kitchen feel smaller, the old pantry door was severely scratched on the inside–like maybe the previous owners put their dog in there? We were ready for a new door, and this glass-paned one we ordered from Home Depot fit the vision. It arrived completely bare (no primer or paint) and without holes for hardware or hinges. Before I started painting, Chris cut a hole for the knob and latch…thing, and I set up the saw horses in the studio so I could paint the door in an acceptable temperature (post-workout, ‘kay!).
Since we were painting the door a glossy black, I opted to have the primer tinted a dark gray. I used Kilz oil-based primer and Glidden’s Trim and Door paint in Deepest Black. It’s a high gloss oil-based paint and claims to leave no brush marks. That could not be further from the truth. The brush strokes are abundant! I probably wouldn’t use it again. Just saying.
The door came with plastic over all the glass panes, which meant no taping off! I just painted away with no regard to edges:
When the paint was cured, Chris attached the hinges and when we went to hang the door–it didn’t fit!! Curses. Although it was a 24″ opening and the door was 24″–I left no wiggle room in my measurements for the door to swing in and out. Luckily, Chris knew that door frames are usually shimmed to the correct size (my freakin’ hero).
He took off the trim on one side, removed the shims, and then proceeded to hammer the heck out the frame until it scooted over 1/4 inch and then re-attached the trim. All-in-all the process took about 30 minutes and after I caulked the trim, you’d never know. Did I already say, “My hero”?? Because, seriously.
The next morning we woke up to, what felt like, a more sophisticated and open kitchen. The glossy black door (even with brush strokes) is. IT. And the glass panes, that we’ll most likely frost down the road, really open up the room.
We also switched up the hardware and settled on antique brass knobs. Eventually, we’ll switch out all the knobs in our house to match. We love the warmth of the toned-down brass and can’t wait to see it mesh with the satin nickel cabinet hardware.
We designed the Charly line of sofas, chairs, and ottomans with perfect proportions for comfort — with wide arms, a loungey depth, and stylish and practical lumbar pillows. Available in 70 kid-friendly, pet-friendly fabrics, this line was created with families in mind.
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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