Well of course my “impromptu” back door project took longer than I wanted/expected it to, but it looks sooooo much better than before!
I can’t believe it, but I don’t have a decent shot of the interior side of the door. It was splattered with white paint from one of the PO’s paint jobs and while it was never painted or refinished, it was super grimy and needed a good cleaning. I happened to have a refinishing solvent which dissolves the finish and allows you to refinish it with tung oil (or I guess whatever you want to use). I normally wouldn’t buy chemicals like that, but seems we’ve had it for a long, long time so I thought I’d use it instead of disposing of it at the Household Waste center.
I haven’t put the final finish on it, but it lightened up the color a fair amount so that it’s a closer match to the kitchen trim, and I was able to scrape off all the paint dots and sloppy brushstrokes along the edge.
Below is the fully stripped and sanded exterior side of the door, ready for “prime time”.
For this side I decided to paint the door a nice green that would look good with the kitchen wall color while the door was open. I originally thought I’d paint it a pale green, but any lighter paint swatches I looked at really washed out the kitchen wall color — it looked so much better against a darker green. I chose Guacamole from Benjamin Moore (2144-10). It works deliciously well with the wall color, Wasabi (AF-430).
This is the only “before” photo I could find of the exterior, which dates back to 2008.
And how it looks now.
We also ended up buying a new screen door (in a putty/taupe color that matches the garage siding) because the old one was just hideous. It also swung open from right to left instead of toward the brick wall. While the screen door handle is now opposite the exterior door handle, it makes it easier to open and hold the screen door this way as you unlock the door.
The upper screen rolls into the door as you lift the storm window, so it’s super easy to switch it back and forth, and the door itself has a nice, sturdy feel to it and closes quickly but gently. Another one of these “why did I wait so long to change it?!” projects.
Speaking of which, a bathroom update is next, so stay tuned!