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Doors After
I’ve taken the last week or so to put some finishing touches on Elsa’s bedroom. At the time of my last post I had yet to paint the edges of the doors or finish painting the radiator. I thought I’d take a quick minute to share the results!

Radiator Undone
Do you know how toward the end of a painting project you are just SO over painting and the looming clean up is just kinda hanging over you all ominous and heavy like? Then, just about when you are ready to call it, you look in your paint can and it seems that there just MIGHT be enough paint to finish up that one thing that you thought you might have to save for “round 2” so you go for it but then it turns out that you are one radiator section short on paint? You know that feeling, right? Well, that’s just what happened to me. I had painted all the windows, doors and moulding. I was just about to start my clean up when that off white-ish looking radiator was just daring me to test the remaining amount of paint in my can. I went for it and came SO close to finishing. I obviously had to finish what I had started, so off to the store for a quart of Balmy Seas. It was such a bummer, I barely put a dent in that paint can. But, I guess it’s nice to have some extra for touch ups and impromptu projects.

Radiator Done
My mom is a super human when it comes to painting things. You name it, I’m pretty sure she has painted it. I had seen her paint a few radiators in my day and after checking the specs on the Behr website and the obvious brush strokes on the current paint job, I decided that it was ok to use standard wall paint on the radiator. I really don’t think that I would have been able to achieve the color blocking effect I was going for had I sprayed the radiator white.

So back to these door edges. I had some paint leftover from painting Elsa’s toy box and just couldn’t really get enough of it. Painting the edge of a door has seriously got to be the easiest way to add an element of surprise to a room. It is so unobtrusive and a really refreshing way to introduce a pop of color to almost ANY situation.

Instead of removing the hardware I used a small sponge brush with a chiseled edge to cut in around it. Those sponge brushes are magical, BTW. Next time you have a painting project I suggest you have a couple on hand. You’d be surprised how handy they are. I did tape off both sides of the door in an effort to achieve a crisp edge and minimize the pink bleeding onto the painted side of the door. This backfired on me a bit. There were so many layers of paint on the front side of the door which resulted in lots of weird pits and channels for paint to bleed into. After hitting the edge with my 3 inch roller I ended up with quite a bit of bleeding. Not to worry though, it just took a quick second to paint over the bleeding with my handy dandy sponge brush. If you decide to try this at your house it may make more sense for you to carefully freehand the edge and forgo the taping all together. There was no bleeding on the back side of the door. The tape stuck well to it and no paint snuck onto the wood varnish.

Doors After
There it is. That little secret pop of color! All the painting in this girls room is done. Now I can get on to the artwork and textiles. I can’t wait to start picking stuff out!

Contributor in Crime / Colz

Nicole Ripplinger (aka Colz) co-founded Deuce Cities Henhouse with Alison in 2009. These days she’s better known as the “#1 Contributor in Crime”. She makes her home in South Minneapolis with her husband, Aaron, and their two girls, Elsa & Faye.

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11 comments… add one
  • Amanda @ willful/joyful March 21, 2012

    Yes. Yes. Yes. Can I move in?

    • Colz March 21, 2012

      Ha! Sure Amanda. Elsa’s bed is a trundle, complete with drawers underneath for your things. She will be excited for a room mate!

  • jessica March 21, 2012


  • Emily March 21, 2012

    Love the surprise color on the door — very creative, and I’m totally stealing it :) Thanks for the great inspiration!

    • Colz March 21, 2012

      Have fun with it Emily. I’d love to see how it turns out!

  • kelley March 21, 2012

    love it!!!!

  • Megan April 6, 2012

    I found your blog via a pic on Pinterest (what I was searching has since left my brain!) and I fell in love with your blog! I LOVE the colors throughout your house and the fact that you’ve left the trim wood. Very nice! And I adore the pop of color on the edge of the door. I may just have to steal that idea when we make my daughter’s big girl room in the future.

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