Painted Barn Doors | Inspired by Charm

Well, I finally painted my barn doors. (I’m sure some of you are saying, “It’s about time, Michael!”)

I don’t know about you, but there are certain decisions my brain just can’t make. Back in March I hung these barn doors (you can read about that here), and five months later, I decided on a color. It seriously took that long. I guess my hesitation came from the fact that not only were these doors a big investment, but once I painted them, I didn’t want to have to do it again. So, whatever decision I made, it had to be one I could live with.

I toyed with the idea of painting the doors red or yellow, but I know myself too well. When I paint something that large a bold color, I tend to quickly tire of it. (Hence the reason most of my walls are some shade of gray.) Ultimately, I went for something in the white / gray family. It would be bright, I wouldn’t tire of it, and it would let the rest of the room shine.

I’m not sure how I stumbled upon it (maybe it was on Pinterest), but last week I was reminded of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. Like lots of folks, I’ve been following Miriam and her blog for years, so I was well aware of her paint. However, I never considered it for my doors. Well, until last week, that is. It was like a light bulb turned on in my head. I was thrilled to be finally getting closer to an idea.

My New Barn Doors | Inspired by Charm

However, after looking through the color choices, I wasn’t in the clear yet. There were several options for whites and grays. Thankfully, after reading through the descriptions and doing some research, I had a winner – Grain Sack. Marian described this particular paint as one of her favorites. She went on to say that this color seemed to changed based on the angle you looked at it from and what else was in the space. It might look white, gray, or even ivory. That sounded like an answer to my painting wishes.

I ended up ordering one quart of the milk paint from The Treasured Home Etsy shop. To my surprise, the paint was in my mailbox this morning. Without wasting any more time, I got to work.

I ended up mixing the entire batch of paint. (For tips, tricks, and other questions about MMS’s milk paint, check out her site here. Marian will do a better job explaining it then I ever could,). It turned out to be just the right amount.

As soon as I made a few swipes with my brush, I knew the color was right for me and my space. I ended up doing three light coats and had just enough paint. After it was dry, I applied the White Wax that is a part of the MMS Milk Paint line. This wax adds a bit of luster and finishes off the milk paint. When everything was dry, I rehung the doors.

Painted Barn Doors | Inspired by Charm

Even though it took a while for me to find it, the color is exactly what I envisioned. (However, it is showing up much whiter in my photos. It’s a dreary day around here, so photographing this was a bit challenging.)

Painted Barn Doors | Inspired by Charm

I’m also pleased with how the milk paint preformed. It allowed some of the wood grain to show through. (I was afraid of using a standard paint because I didn’t want to completely hide the wood.) The transparency of the milk paint makes the doors look as if they’ve hung for years on a building near the beach.

Painted Barn Doors | Inspired by Charm

This finish reflects my love for the vintage / weathered look while still coming off as contemporary and clean.

The paint did slightly cover up the screws at the top and bottom of the door, so I need to figure out how to finish those off. I might even get some low profile handles for each door. There’s enough room between the two doors to allow for them.

Painted Barn Doors | Inspired by Charm

I’m also considering hanging something on the doors or maybe just the door on the front. I haven’t decided what, and it may take me five months to make up mind, but it’s something to think about.

Painted Barn Doors | Inspired by Charm

At this point, I’m calling this project a wrap! Another thing I can cross off my to-do list. What do you think of the color?

Have a great week, everyone!

For information about other details in the space, check out the links below:

Bookcase (styling)
Dining Room
Paint Colors
Whirlwind Jute Rug is from West Elm
The light fixture is the Edison Chandelier purchased from Pottery Barn. It is no longer for sale on their site.

Comments

  • pam in illinois at

    Beautiful!! I’ve read about the milk paint but I have not used any. I might have to try it soon
    Also noticed the different table and the new ‘rug’. I like it. pam

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks Pam! And yes. I really like the milk paint. I’m excited to try it on another project.

      xo Michael

  • Kris at

    Great choice, Michael! The milk paint is just the perfect finish for those doors!

  • Effie at

    Love the colour & the way it goes with the rest of the decor. Personally though, I wouldn’t put handles on the door or hang anything on the door(s), I like the minimalist look of them. Also like the new wooden table, though I liked the plexiglass one too!
    Keep up the good work! Love all your design projects!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks for the input. I’m struggling with that. We’ll have to see. The company I got the door from has some great accessories that could work without being a distraction. We will see.

      And I’m just trying out a new table. I love the plexiglass one too, but I’m not sure it’s the best fit. Ah! Decisions, decisions.

      xo Michael

  • Em Sorrell at

    Love the doors, Michael! They are a perfect feature and a great backdrop. So go ahead and hammer in that nail. Start with a twig wreath this fall and then just keep changing out wall décor as the seasons come and go. Can you imagine a large graphic of a bunny this spring?

  • Patty at

    Absolutely beautiful and I love the dining room!

  • Dawn Rene at

    I have been in love with using barn doors (or any doors hung like this) for years. Great choice of color and was just wondering where you ordered the “pass-by” door hanger? And, how difficult is it to hang? Your home is stunning! Just when I am thinking…what else would he need to do? You come up with something!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Hey Dawn, details on my bypass doors can be found here: http://www.inspiredbycharm.com/2014/03/my-new-barn-doors.html

      I had a hard time hanging them based on the given instructions. Plus, it’s definitely a two person job. I did it myself which mad the project a bit challenging.

      Hope that helps!
      xo Michael

  • Beth of designPOST interiors at

    Oh my gosh Michael, I love your entryway so much! Every time I see it, with that perfect rug and styling I just smile.

  • Heather Hart at

    Could you take a picture of the doors up close? I love the color and idea of the wood grain showing through. I actually have a’ wall of wood’ in my living room that I’ve finally convinced my husband to let me paint…if I leave some of the wood grain showing. Your doors look exactly like what I’m thinking!!
    PS…I ordered the same front door as yours…LOVE IT! Thanks for the inspiration! You rock!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes! I can totally do that Heather. Like I said, my lighting was terrible today. Oooh! And your wood wall sounds amazing. I’d love to see it when it’s finished.

      Glad you like the door. Hope it works for you. I just love mine.

      xo Michael

  • Funky Junk Interiors at

    Michael, if you hung a bag as a lamp and threw down rocks as a front door mat, you’d make them both spectacular. I think you are one of the few in the whole wide world that can do whatever you wish and it’ll look like a million bucks. No. Make that two! 😀

    I LOVE your doors! Wonderful choice!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Awww! Donna, thank you so much! However, I think you have used a bag as a lamp (or curtains) and made it look like a million bucks. 😉 Haha!

      Thanks again, D! Right back at ya!

      xo Michael

  • Arli at

    Miss Mustard Seed’s first name is Marian, not Miriam!
    The doors look great.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You’re absolutely right! My brain failed me. Thanks for pointing this out. 🙂

      xo Michael

  • Tracy at

    Wow. Those doors are really awesome and the color is great. I think I might do handles though. The only reason I say this is because I just painted one of my doors an aqua color and I can see all the dirt and oil from our hands now that it is a color. Yes it was white before but I guess I never noticed it but now I do with the color. I would just hate for you to spend all that time and money and then have smudges and dirt where you push the door open and closed. I don’t know if that even made since but just thought I’d share what is happening with my doors. I also painted all the interior doors black, which I really love, but you can see every chip and scratch now that it is a dark color. You were wise to choose a light door color if you use the door all the time. Love your site. Take care.

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