Sharing all the details of painting doors white in our family room with before & after pics of our family room doors red trim to white semi gloss paint for neutral decorating & a brighter, bigger & more modern feel to our farmhouse family room.
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Painting Doors White in our Farmhouse Family Room
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I have long wanted to paint ALL the doors in our farmhouse family room white.
Painting doors white that were sliding doors, French doors & a regular 6 panel door made such a HUGE difference to this well used space.
Painting doors white allowed for more neutral decorating, a more cohesive feel from room to room and makes our family room feel brighter and bigger.
Before Pics of the Red Doors Before Painting Doors White
Below you will see what a difference the white paint makes in our family room!
When we moved into our farmhouse over 5 years ago the trim in our home was a kaleidoscope of colors.
The moldings, fireplaces, trim and doors were painted a variety of sage green, mustard yellow, taupe, grey, colonial blue and red.
Yikes! Over time, we repainted all of the trim in our home white except… the family room.
Why we waited to Paint the Family Room Doors & Trim White
Jason and I had differences of opinion when it came to the red paint.
He likes the uniqueness of it and that it hid the kids fingerprints and dust well.
Fast forward 5 years and he finally
gave in compromised on it 🙂 and let me paint the doors in our family room.
You may notice that the large picture window is still red.
How Long & How Many Coats to Paint the Family Room Doors from Red to White
That is because it took me 2 days and 3 coats of painting doors white to finish the sliding doors, 6 panel door and French doors with a small & medium size angled Purdy Paint brush.
First, I used a Primer Paint followed by 2 More Coats of Sherwin Williams Emerald Semi Gloss White Paint (not tinted…for me it’s too complicated to remember what tint the white semi-gloss is from room to room so I chose not to tint it anymore).
I did not use a flat roller for painting doors white along with the door frames as there are too many windows to paint around…especially on the French Doors.
I also think the paint brush marks give character to the trim in our old farmhouse.
We decided not to paint the hinges on any of the doors yet.
Rather than have the paint chip over time we hope to replace them in the future with some oil rubbed bronze hinges.
But I was too excited not to share our progress so far and I have put my paint brush down for now.
It may be white yet!
We also changed out our pellet stove for a wood stove that is much prettier in my opinion.
Read about our NEW wood stove insert HERE.
I am sure we will continue to make changes to this farmhouse family room room over time as we always have.
There is no doubt what a difference white paint makes!
I hope this encourages anyone on the fence to go ahead painting doors white along with the trim in your home.
by Tara Lehman
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The white paint looks amazing. While your family room window is beautiful, it does need to be painted also. I love your tile/stone floors in that room. How fortunate you are to have something so unique.
Thanks so much Pat for stopping by to see my post about painting doors in our family room. And I agree, I totally need to paint the window 🙂