Have you ever seen that “vacation” commercial, that featured 6 to 8 identical, and individual, wood ocean bathhouses? Each door was painted a high-gloss, super-bright color? That scene captivated me. (Forget the ocean backdrop.)
Doors are fun to paint or refinish. They can be a challenge to “get right.”
Here are some door projects on which I’ve worked. Each of them very unique. And very pleasing to the eyes!
PROJECT: Spray painted 550 new, and roller re-painted 210 existing, wood guest room doors. Property: 800-room resort hotel. Location: Central Florida. Crew: 2( self, apprentice).
Set-up: Hotel management “blocked out” row/section of rooms according to painter’s schedule.
Challenge: The surface and wood construction integrity of most of the used doors had been compromised. They had many cracks, splinters, gouges, nicks, warping, water damage, and termite damage.
PROJECT: Color-code painted 610 interior and exterior doors, wood and metal; plus archways.
Property: Orphanage and school. Location: Chicago area. Crew: 3 (including self).
Set-up: Administrators “moved” classes and activities to other rooms and areas in school building. Staff “doubled up” sleeping spaces in dorm bedrooms, to vacate half a floor at a time.
Creative Challenge: Starting with base/paint color: White semi-gloss enamel. Tinting over 30 closely-graduated color-palette hues in sky blue, bright green, sun yellow, and peach families.
People Fun Challenge: Children wanted to be a part of the action. Barricading off work areas motivated some children – and adults – to find very creative ways to watch. A few tried to “help” the painter.
PROJECT: Re-painted 360 interior doors, each in slightly different color palette tint or shade. Property: Girls home and school. Location: Northwest Indiana. Crew: 2 (self, apprentice).
NOTE: Area business owner donated all products, materials, supplies, and equipment rentals.
- Selecting 360 different tints and shades from Sherwin-Williams commercial color chip book.
- Custom tinted base paint white semi-gloss enamel for each door. To do: Poured white base paint into 362 glass, quart-sized Mason canning jars. Formulated each tint using paint dye kit, and S-W’s tinting guide.
Supplies Challenge: Locating 360+ glass jars, and screw lids with seals.
PROJECT: Restoration of 75+ carved, antique wood doors.
Property: Mid-1890s house, cottage. Location: S. Florida. Crew: 2 (self, F-T; apprentice, P-T).
- Required extensive and careful repairing, filling, repairing of carved areas on all doors.
- Required special products, then custom mixing and blending for EACH door.
- Required ample “wait times” for settling, gelling, drying, melding, and related processes.
Client Challenge: Property owner/family matriarch insisted on residing in main house, while it was being worked on. Frequently, she suffered serious reactions to chemicals in special products needed for restoration work.
PROJECT: Restoration of over 105 paneled and carved wood doors, with inlays.
Property: Small 120-year old church, monastery. Location: Indiana. Crew: 2 (self, apprentice).
Note: Anonymous donor covered costs. For years, monks had struggled to maintain buildings.
Creative Challenge: Custom mixing prep and finish products; testing on each door before using.
Surface Challenge: Most doors had numerous cracks, gouges, pieces of carved strips missing.
PROJECT: Refinished 60+ very old wood doors, poor condition.
Property: Nursing home, built 1930s. Location: Florida. Crew: 2 (Apprentice, self).
Compliance Challenge: A code compliance project, per order of Florida Department of Health.
Budget Challenge: Very limited budget. Home located: low income, underserved neighborhood.
PROJECT: Repainted all doors, children’s wing, including “burn ward” and trauma center.
Property: Non-profit hospital, religious group-owned. Location: S. Florida. Crew: 2.
Management’s objective: Part of effort to “spruce up” wing, and attract more capital support.
Logistics Challenge: No part of wing could be closed down during project. All procedures, tasks, uses of products, tools and equipment had to adhere to facility policies, government regulations.
Product Challenge: All products, materials and supplies had to meet stringent health, safety, environmental, and other requirements, standards and codes.
PROJECT: Installation of red flock wallpaper and wood railing and trim onto doors.
Property: Private residence, circa 1920s. Location: Southeast Florida. Crew: 1 (self).
- Applied wallpaper, trim, to doors of living, dining, reading rooms with walls covered in same paper.
- Desired effect: Closed, the doors, and their trims, baseboards blended right in with the walls.
- Required: Cutting, staining, finishing, and installing of horizontal wood strips of railing, and hand-crafted wood baseboard, on doors. Trims had to align with adjacent railings, baseboards.
PROJECT: Painted doors and wood cabinetry in 17 bed and bath suites.
Property: Small inn. Location: Indiana. Crew: 1 (self).
Owner specifications: Paint each set of doors in slightly different tint of hunter green – Gliddens.
Supplies Challenge: Finding 17 empty and immaculate metal 1-gallon paint cans, with tight lids.
Logistics Challenge: Dividing project into phases, that matched phase schedule for each suite.
- Tinting of each gallon of paint in closely-graduated hue, to match respective color chip.
- Testing out each tint on most visible surface of suite, in which it would be applied.
- Making certain everyone followed 24-hour “wait and see” to check color, coverage, viscosity.
- Following alternating schedule to allow for ample prepping and primer drying.
Example: Starting with suite 1, kept work on each suite “evolving” into next phase.
Like I said, painting or finishing a door can be lots of fun. A great visual contribution to the world.
FIND A DOOR! Any door. And paint/finish/cover it to blend in or match. Or make a statement!
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