Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Goodbye Knotty Pine...Hello Bistro White

One of the reasons I started this blog was so I could document all of our projects around the house.  Even though our house was fairly new, NOTHING in our house matched, think black/brown (rustic looking) light fixtures, brushed nickel hardware in the bathroom, black knobs on all the kitchen & bathroom cabinets, black door hardware, dark hardwood flooring, log stair case & fireplace mantel and knotty pine doors and trim.

My first project was making all the knotty pine disappear.  In my opinion it was the biggest eye sore and didn't match any of our stuff.  (I do know that a lot of people like the look of knotty pine, we are in Montana after all.  No offense, it's just not our style.)  Anyways, it needed to be changed.  After bringing home about 20 different white paint samples, we slowly narrowed it down and decided on a nice Bistro White.  We chose a semi gloss paint, so it would be easy to wipe up any messes.  We do have a little guy running around here that likes to get his hands on everything :) At the end of March, I began working on my month and a half long project of painting our trim and doors.  Needless to say it was a lot of work; taping, sanding, priming and two coats of paint on everything, one room at a time.

Here are a few before shots:

This might have looked great in a cabin, but not in our house.

See what I mean about not matching?

In order to get a nice even coat on the doors, we took them all down and sprayed them in garage.  It was quite the set up.

We had to set the doors up accordion style.  All the doors were standing on pieces of wood and then they were nailed together at the top, with tiny scraps of wood.
Tip from Chris:  When using a paint sprayer, make sure you cover EVERYTHING you don't want any paint on.
And while we had all the doors down, we swapped out the black hardware for some nice, new brushed nickel hardware.

Here are a few after shots:

Ahh...What a difference a couple coats of white paint will make

Matches our decor much better

So worth it!  I am 110% happy with the end result, however it is not a project I would like to do again anytime soon.



  1. It looks awesome! As someone who has done a little of that before I can easily say I don't evny you one bit ;) Great job!

  2. Wow! What an undertaking -- and SO worth it!

  3. I do admit that the white does look better in your situation, however, I am wanting to do just the opposite in my place. I would LOVE to have had your knotty pine doors!! My white doors look horrible and are always needing to be touched up with paint and they tend to show my lack of dusting skills! :) Nice job though as I know that was a ton of work!!

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