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Black Door Edge - a trial

When I was going to architecture school, back in the days when we would go to the library and look at picture books instead of just pulling out our phone and looking at Pinterest, I designed a project that was all about the doors and my teacher encouraged me to paint the edge a different color. I thought she was crazy, but as I have learned, a lot of the ideas that were crazy then are actually pretty cool. Now, over 10 years later, I wanted to do it to my doors at home. But, before committing and painting all of the edges of the doors I decided to give one a try.

Here is what the door looked liked before.

Nice white edge all around.

And then I gathered my supplies.

I had thought about taping it off, and it I was going to do this to all the doors to keep it around for a long time I would, but this was just a play test. I also used the cheapest acrylic paint there is, partly because that was what I had one hand, partly because this was a test. It has been up for awhile and stuck very nicely so I don't know if I would even go to the effort to find something else if I paint more doors.

I did sand the door edge. I did this so the paint would stick, and because whoever painted it before I bought the house used some thicker paint that makes the doors stick and make lots of noise when they are opened. When I was first married and not use to people opening doors in the middle of the night I would scream nightly when my husband got up to use the bathroom because of the loud noise it made. Be careful when painting doors.

And here is the after! I love it. It took my husband no time at all to notice it. It actually is a loud statement when it is open, and I feel like it breaks up the white nicely. It isn't something you typically expect but is very fun.

Here is a close up of it. As you can see, it is not perfect, but I still love it.

And as you can see, when it is shut you don't even notice it. You may think that you can see the dark line, but it isn't anymore than the shadow between the door. And since I am constantly closing this door I barely notice it. (It is the door to the art room which is fairly messy at all times.)

So, what do you think? Is it worth it? Should I do it on all of my doors? Would you do it on yours?

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