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.
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!
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.