B-A-N-A-N-A-S

This weekend I finished caulking and painting the door to my girls' room. Last week I added some inexpensive moulding to the front of their hollow-core door. There were some gaps in the mitered corners and the edges of the moulding pieces that needed caulking.



Caulk guns feel cumbersome and awkward to me, so I almost always use the tubes:



I usually use my finger to smooth the caulk lines, but these little tools are much more accurate and save my pointer finger tip from getting destroyed.



It's an easy process. Just run a thin line of caulk along the space where the moulding meets the door and then immediately follow up with the edger tool for a super smooth finish.



Here's a mid-smoothing shot:



I caulked all the edges, top and bottom, and the mitered corners and followed up the smoothed out lines with a damp rag to remove any excess caulk smudges.



I let the caulk dry for a day and then brushed in the details around the moulding and finally rolled on the paint (Glidden's Spicy Banana Pepper in high gloss - which, strangely, reminded me of a cheerleading dance class I took when I was like six maybe? Other than the Paula Abdul dance routine, I can only really remember one of the cheers that had some cute/sassafras hand rolling action: "Go. Bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S!" Repeated a bunch of times. Sort of annoying actually, but that didn't keep me from teaching my kids the cheer while I painted) .



Filling the corners and edges with caulk is a super easy step and it helps give a sad, cheap door a pretty legit look. It almost passes for an old wooden door now on first glance.



The shots of pure, bright color in our living room are a fun contrast to the sea of white walls and our black kitchen. I'm loving the addition of the yellow door! And it feels appropriate for the entrance to the girls' room - almost a little Alice in Wonderland maybe?

75 comments:

Rene said...

I am in love with your door and all of those pops of color in the room especially the red table behind the sofa. Adding the trim detail to the door was genius!

Jojo said...

You make it look so easy and the door looks fabulous!

Fran said...

Jenny, the door looks great and the pop of color is so refreshing! I love the color!

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

The door looks amazing, the addition of the moulding is perfect and thanks for the tips concerning caulking. I also do not like the caulk gun format!
My girls sing that bananas cheer too!

cafenoHut said...

What a great job! You are perfect and this door looks amazing..

Anne said...

This looks so great! An instant upgrade for sure. Thanks for sharing!

Tassi Smith said...

I love the door. You always make things seem so easy.

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Geneva M. Wilgus said...

What an amazing idea!!! Question, how did you attach the trim to the door originally? I didn't see any nail holes and would love to know how I can re-create this at home. Thanks!

Melissa said...

So this is wonderful! I love the color-- will you do the other doors now, too?

foxflat said...

Oh yeah - that totally passes for an old door now! What a good technique to have in the bag of tricks.

foxflat said...

Oh yeah - that totally passes for an old door now! What a good technique to have in the bag of tricks.

Houndstooth and Nail said...

Great idea! It looks beautiful and I LOVE the color.
Ingrid :)

Kelly said...

Wow, this looks so expensive. Such a great idea!

Mr. Goodwill Hunting said...

How awesome are these doors! Makes me want to go gets some molding!



Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting
www.ilovethrifting.com

Elizabeth Downie said...

Just gorgeous! I love this idea! I wish I had your nerve (and talent)!

rachel @ Just a Touch of Gray said...

Oh I just LOVE it!!! Great work! Love that shade of yellow too... presh!

elissa @ faucethead said...

i always use my fingers as well. might be time to invest in one of those handy tools!

Lauren Kay said...

I love colored doors and this looks so pretty! Also, I started saying the Bananas cheer in my head as soon as I saw your title. My mom taught us that cheer too.

The Tame Lion said...

I love the door! Yeah!

amber wallace said...

I LOVE it! I love how colorful and young it is in there but still sophisticated and grown up! Nice peek at the gg sconces too!

Marilena perilli said...

This is really great. Just want to say once again how great your blog is. Your DIY's are always elegant and there are so many. LIG stands out for me in that it's not just loaded down with pics, you give us the confidence to do it! Also, your sense of color is just amazing. Fresh but classic. Please keep up the great work and be forever inspiring. You're wonderful!

Janna McCalley said...

Wow! What a difference-it looks perfect in your space!

Carol said...

What a great idea for turning something standard into something spectacular. What a difference it makes.

Stephanie said...

Uh-mazing

CinnamonInk said...

It turned out so nice! I love it!

-Kate
www.cinnamonink.blogspot.com

Marci said...

Addind the trim nakes it look amazing. And then the color. Perfection.

Brand New and Beautiful said...

You are inspiring me. I have cheap-o hollow core doors and this seems like a relatively simple way to spruce 'em up!

meemers said...

A-door-able!!!

sarah said...

it turned out beautifully. i love it.

Beth said...

LOOOOVE this! our home came with beautiful solid core wood doors, and i just don't think that my husband would let me take a bright color to them, but now i'm itching to!!

Emilie said...

Ok, I have to admit, when you posted about painting your little bookcase coral and black and having a bit of a crazier paint colour scheme, I was skeptical, but you are a genius! From what I can see of your pictures, I LOVE all the colours in the room together, it looks amazing! How did you figure out your colours, were you working from fabric, or are you just pulling complimentary colours together on your own? I love colours, but I obviously don't have your skills, cause I couldn't make so many diverse colours look so amazing together. That yellow door is just a wonderful touch!

Ann said...

I love your idea for embellishing a plain door, and appreciate the tips on caulking. The project came out beautifully. However, shouldn't the design be centered on the door? It appears to be centered in the space next to the doorknob, and looks off to me.

A Perfect Gray said...

k, Ima do that. great job...donna

Julia's Bookbag said...

This is absolutely FANTASTIC -- hey, will you do a WHOLE APARTMENT TOUR soon?? We're seen snippets here and there, but it's hard to get a sense of everything that you've done -- I'd love to see the whole deal, pretty pretty please!! ~Melissa

Jenny at LGN said...

Thanks, friends! It was a fun and easy project. Probably three hours total? One hour each for adding the trim, caulking and then painting with touch ups.

Ann - I off-centered the moulding to account for the knob. I've seen doors done this ways many times so it doesn't bother me at all.

xx

Glam at Home said...

Beautiful!

Johnny and Anny said...

woot, woot!!! love it!! Martha has nothing on you.

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh it turned out so great!!

Between Blue and Yellow said...

Your door looks fabulous! The color was the perfect choice.
-Kathleen

blogger said...

This turned out really beautifully!

Collections said...

The yellow door looks incredible! It turned out so well.


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courtneyoutloud said...

Beautiful and awesome. The yellow is fab!

Casey said...

wow! it is amazing!!

Nicole* said...

it looks awesome!

autumn said...

it's lovely!! way to go! you probably need a manicure after all that cutting and caulking and painting, huh?
:)

HannahJ said...

You are brilliant- need I say more??? I LOVE the yellow door in contrast to the black in the kitchen- perfection!

How have I never seen that handy little yellow tube before?? so clever- I am the one taht has always struggled with the dran caulk gun!

I have a giveaway going on right now to celebrate my 1st year of blogging if you're interested!

Meaghan said...

that is AMAZING!!!! seriously good :)

Melanie said...

It looks great. I even like that the trim is off centered to account for the knob. I really wish I had your eye for style! You make it look effortless!

Hilary Dow-Ward said...

Yay! You did such a good job! Also love your new sconces, top marks!

Anna@MyDesignEthos said...

I love the way this room is coming together but I wish I could see it in it's entirety! Can you post some whole room photos? Pretty please?

A Serenade for Solitude said...

Great job! I love the yellow--absolutely love it. :)

Price Smith said...

Your door has done a complete 180!! Love it!!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

I am showing this to the husband. We just bought a circa 1972 house with plain doors. This is just the ticket!

Rachael said...

Love this!

Rambling Renovators said...

What a great door. The colour is so cheery and I can imagine all the fun that happens behind a door like that. Love DAP, its a DIYers best friend.

Cherry Blossoms said...

Adorable. We did squares like that in my baby's room. You are right it's an expensive, fairly easy way to decorate.

Colourrich said...

What a great project. Thanks for the tips. Love the yellow colour you have chosen!

Carmel @ Our Fifth House said...

What a great idea - love the color!

Intrigue and Inspire said...

That looks great! I'm sure it'll make you happy every time you use it!

kalanicut said...

What a fantastic idea and how amazing it looks. You always make things seem so easy. I have to say that when I have followed your instructions on projects they really have been easy. I hope you'll be doing a how to book soon compiling all your awesome DIY projects. You have the best ideas!

Type A Ramblings said...

I did something very similar. I was obsessed with yellow doors. I used picture frames:

http://typearamblings.blogspot.com/2011/03/my-you-have-sunny-disposition.html

Erin said...

Fabulous!! And your place is looking A-mazing!

The Cuban In My Coffee said...

WOW, that looks fantastic and the color looks so cute with the rest of that room. What a cute idea. I am thinking I will use that wood molding for a feature wall inside my daughter's room to frame all her soccer medals. Thanks for the tip, I will let you know if I end up doing it.

Jenn said...

it's amazing how much character the simple addition of molding and color can add. Great job, the color mixes in so nicely with everything else!.

Staci said...

That door really looks incredible! Who knew with a little molding and paint, you could completely transform a door. I love the color too!

Jen@FIRR-Kids! said...

Wow! We have a plain Jane door in our foyer that has needed something for a long time. Finally, I see what needs to be done! Thank you.

Design A-Peele said...

Their door looks precious!

casey at loft and cottage said...

Another reason I love your blog--with every post I learn something. Love the smoothing tool trick. And of course the door looks incredible!

Gabrielle - Design Mom said...

Fantastic upgrade! The yellow is so happy.

yourmoderncouple said...

I just love how this turned out! I wish I could paint some doors in my rental :/

The Feminist Housewife said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous! I love the yellow door! (I painted my front door yellow recently!)

Abbey said...

Love this! we are loving the rug ... love love love you are a genius! have a great fourth!

Libby said...

wow, that looks incredible!! i am so impressed, and inspired! i redid my living room a few months ago and i think a painted front door is the final touch that it needs. great job!

Kim said...

I have been scouring the internet for weeks looking for doors. Today I wondered if I could add moulding to our hollow core doors instead because replacing ours would take forever and cost a FORTUNE.

Thank you! You have given me to tools to take care of the biggest eyesore in my home.

-Kim
www.dirtydiaperlaundry.com

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