Shut The Front Door!

We’ve been pinning painted interior doors for a few weeks now, and the Winter Pinterest challenge was just the motivation Gwyneth and I needed to stop pinning and start painting.

As you can see from the “before” photo on the left, our front door left much to be desired. Overall, it felt boring in comparison to the rest of the space, and the fire warning sign reminded us of a hotel room.

With our mission of making NYC feel like home, this was a project we definitely needed to get busy on. Out of all the photos we’d been collecting, there were two that really stood out. We loved the one on the left from House Beautiful because it felt a lot like our style – traditional, but with a twist. And of course, the one on the right from Our City Lights stood out because it was pink. 
Gwyneth and I decided to take a little inspiration from both doors, and we sketched out a plan.


As with any paint project, the preparation and taping part was the most time intensive. First, we marked a spot five inches down from the top of the door and five inches in from the side of the door that opens.

Then we marked a spot five inches down from the top and five inches in from the sides with the hinges. We connected the two dots with wide painters tape and used a level to make sure our line was straight. We kept measuring, taping and checking until we had a rectangle at the top of the door and another one at the bottom, both made with wide painters tape.

Once we had the two rectangles made of wide painters tape, we started working on the interior rectangles. We put thin painters tape right along the wide strip of painters tape on the left side of the top rectangle. This one piece would be our guide for the rest of the interior work.

We put another thin strip along side of our guide.

Then we peeled off our guide and set it aside for the rest of the interior work.

We repeated the process on the right side of the top rectangle and on both sides of the lower rectangle.

And then did the same thing on the top and bottom sides of both rectangles.

Now the design for the entire door was taped off, and we just needed to trim the excess.

Using a ruler and a pencil, we marked the excess on the top left corner, peeled the tape back and cut along our line.

So our top left rectangle had a perfect edge.

Then we repeated this step on all corners of the large and the interior rectangles.

Then we taped off all the hardware and trim.

And we were finally ready for our first coat of paint! We did one coat of Benjamin Moore Potpourri, and let it dry.

After a few hours, we gave it a second coat of paint. Finally, the finish line was in sight!

Gwyneth and I both held our breath as we peeled off all of the tape. All the taping, measuring and level checking paid off, because we got the clean-line look we were hoping for!

After putting everything back, here’s the finished entry!

And here’s the view from the other “rooms” of our apartment!

For anyone who might be concerned, we did keep the fire warning sign. We think it’s much more attractive and just as useful in one of the console drawers.

mk & Gwynnie
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  1. You two, the door looks fabulous!! Love, love, love the pink! Great tutorial, too!

    (I thought you might not realize, but when you send a comment we can’t reply back because your email isn’t attached) :)

  2. Wow! It looks sooo pretty!! Way to be gutsy!


  4. Hi!
    I never thought I would say this, but that pink looks good!! I love your house is fun and adorable, while still being completely stylish!
    Great job!

  5. Wow the door turned out great! Super cute and looks perfect for your apartment! :)

  6. Anonymous says:

    Your talent is boundless…Melissa!

  7. Love it Meredith! It really give a fabulous pop of color to your space!

  8. I just love everything about it! That Gwynnie has some awesome decorating ideas …

    … and love your “pin”spiration!



  9. So pretty! It’s bold, but not overwhelming.

  10. I love your pink door.

  11. Meredith! You and Gwynneth consistently amaze! Your homw is fresh, warm, inviting, and so you! I LOVE it all, and the door is truly an inspiration! xoxo

  12. I’m all about the doors painted something other than white. I love the boldness of the pink you chose. Nice!

  13. How super fun is this?! Soo cute, love your color choice!

  14. Thank you so much, everyone! We really appreciate all the kind words!

    mk & Gwynnie

  15. That’s the best project I’ve seen in a while! What a way to make the space your own. And I love that you “kept” the fire warning sign. 😉

  16. Anonymous says:

    I am going to paint the inside of my powder room like that.

  17. Lovely tutorial and should be easy to follow. Your pillow-covered couch looks so comfy.

  18. I absolutely LOVE it! Wonderful color and design. (I’m off to browse the rest of your blog.)

  19. It is beautiful, I love pink and anyone who includes their dog in anything is a special person.

  20. Meredith, you are so amazing girl. Love your pink door! Will be featuring you again on Wednesday! Great job!
    PS Never found the link you were talking about in my Comments for me to link to? Can you email it to me again?

  21. Shut the front door! That is a rocking cool door – great job!
    Thanks for linking up to my party! I would love for you to stop back this Thursday to link up again!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  22. So cute! I love it, the door turned out so great. What a difference it makes.

  23. Love it!!! The design you created is so nice, simple and yet very “chic”. Great job… and of course the color is fabulous!!!

    I’d love for you to share this at a party I have going on at Project Queen!

    I’m a new follower and I love your blog! So many great projects.
    Gwenyth is adorable!

  24. Wow so gorgeous! Love the shade of pink you used + the detailing… I often find myself stuck in a Pinterest door pinning spiral;-). Sooooo sweet, project well done & hope NYC is feeling v homely for you now. Rachael x

  25. Damn girl… bold move. And it totally paid off! Looks amazing!

  26. How fun! I love that it goes so well with your place! Thanks for linking up to the Repurpose-Remodel-Reveal Transformation party!
    Whitney – The Rooster and The Hen

  27. Okay, I am ridiculously impressed by your motivation, ingenuity, AND crazy-cuteness!! I’ll be featuring you again this week at Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL! : )


  28. Love this! Bold, but beautiful! Great job, and thanks for linking up with the Winter Pinterest Challenge!

    Erin @ The Great Indoors

  29. wow absolutely awesome. it adds such vibrance to the space! kudos.

  30. SO. AWESOME!!!

    Great job!! I just loooove your space!! Very inspiring!

  31. I just found your blog via MadebyGirl. I love it! and I loveeee your tutorial on painting the door! I think whenever I move out, this will be my first decorating project.

    • Thank you so much for coming over! So nice to hear that you like the door! I promise, this one is easy and fun! Please let us know if you make one for your next home – we’d love to see it!

      mk & Gwynnie

  32. I’m so going to paint my front door like that… When I’m done renting.

  33. I love this door! I’m moving to NYC in two weeks and was looking for ways to add color to the apartment without having to paint a bunch of walls. This door, and the bathroom are lovely! Plus it seems like it would be easy to paint the door back to white before moving, so the landlord doesn’t have an issue.

  34. kaitland Postley says:

    I love what you did with the door. Do you have to paint it back white when you move or are you allowed to leave it that way?

    • Meredith & Gwyneth says:

      Hi Kaitland! Thank you! We painted it back to white before we moved out – super easy to cover up with a few coats of Benjamin Moore White Dove!

      mk & G

  35. Hello! I featured your pink door in my monthly blog series, Get Your Color On!. Each month I select a color, provide tips on how to decorate with it, and feature other bloggers with their projects that relate to this color.

    This month’s post is all about pink, so I featured your door because I love how unique this project is! The color is perfect for your entry and really adds some pizzazz to your home.

    Feel free to grab a featured button and check out my post at Get Your Color On! Pink. Thanks for sharing your wonderful creativity!


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