Monday, September 15, 2014

Painted Pantry Doors (and Joss & Main Rug)

Happy Monday friends!  Moving slow here (and that's typical of Mondays in this house).  Got some good morning snuggles in with my son before getting him to school in the nick of time - he's usually up before me, but today my little sleepyhead slept in.  We got our first "cool front" on Saturday and there's nothing Houstonian's enjoy more than the first day when temps dip into the 70s after a long hot, humid summer.  It was perfect because we had a Saturday early morning PK4 playdate in the park, and everyone had a great time talking while enjoying their coffee and donuts/kolaches while the kids played on the playground.  Good times! 

Back at home, I finished painting the mudroom doors, and specifically, the double doors that lead to the pantry.  (The large door goes to my single car garage). I wanted to use the paint samples I had left over from when I was choosing our dining room color, so I've got three different colors, in similar shades, on our mudroom doors.  

Here's how our mudroom looked with just the garage door painted Sherwin Williams Comfort Grey. And you can probably see that the actual color looks more blue than on the swatch.  

I painted the pantry doors on the hinges like I did with the garage door, starting with the outer doors.  Go here for the tutorial.  The only difference is that I rolled the foam roller on the inner edge of the doors in the outer color.

I had to mark on the lid which paint went where so I'd remember when refilling the paint pan. 

Between coats, I wrapped my paintbrush in plastic wrap and put it in the fridge to keep the paint from drying on the brush.  Have y'all heard of this tip?  Works great! 

The Slow Green looks the most green of the three paint colors. 

But I really like the pale shade of Fleeting Green on the inner door. 

Large door- Sherwin Williams Comfort Grey (3 coats)
Inside Pantry Door- Sherwin Williams Fleeting Green (2 coats)
Outside Pantry Door- Sherwin Williams Slow Green (2 coats)

Our current rug is in indoor/outdoor rug from Target, but I want something with more color.  A rug I was considering from Joss & Main arrived, but it's not exactly what I wanted, and it's too big, so I'm returning it.  

(You can go see the tutorial for how to make a no-sew bench seat here and how to I made our envelope pillows here.  Both are super easy!) 

I used to be wary of returning a rug because it seemed like a pain to have to wrap it back up, but now, I just remember to cut the original wrap in one long slice (careful not to cut the rug!), so I can use that same wrapping if I need to return it.  That Duct Tape roll is great for helping keep the re-rolled rug tight, and then closing back up the package. 

Be careful to read the return policy on an item at Joss & Main, some things you can get a full refund on, others items you can only get a merchandise credit.  Go to "My Orders" and click "Click here to return items from this order" to start your return.  Then, just follow the prompts.  In this case for my rug, I could return it for merchandise credit with a free return shipping label, or pay $22 for shipping and get a full refund.  I chose the credit to save the $22.  


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  1. I wondered how it would look with them painted a different color, but I love how they turned out. The colors in the rug were a good match, but I can see why you are returning...a bit big and a little busy.

    1. I just got the Target one, like it better! But it's still pretty big.

  2. So funny how paint colors vary house to house. We have sherwin williams gray as the main color in our whole house but almost looks seafoam. Either way those are some fab colors!!

    1. I agree! This room doesn't get much natural light, and I think the comfort grey look better in rooms with more natural light.

  3. The door colors look so pretty and soothing! Also great tips on returning rugs :)

  4. I absolutely love the paint colors you choose! I have been looking at similar ones for our new home and I think you just convinced me!

    1. Thank you! Make sure to paint test swatches- someone told me about painting a piece of poster board that you can move around the room so you're not painting different swatches all over your walls. Great tip!

  5. Love the door feminine and pretty.

  6. Love the look Megan. It looks so clean and the colours look great. Well done

  7. Hi! Can you tell me the name of the Joss and Main rug? I search Laura rug, but it didn't turn up the rug pictured above. Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide :)

    1. Hi Jennifer! That rug was the Imogen Rug in Blue. Sometimes Joss & Main restocks, but I didn't see it on their site right now. I also did a quick google shopping search for it, but couldn't find it. Wayfair has one, but it was a different color. :(


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