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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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!