I am not shy of color, especially when it comes to paint. I painted a sports quilt on one son's wall and tiger stripes on another's. I've painted Yankee pinstripes and flowers on ivy. I have had red walls, green walls, brown, blue, and pink walls. It's just paint. If I ever tire of a color I just paint over it. "But what about resale?" you may ask. Well. I have sold 3 houses with no problem each taking between 2 weeks and less than a day with a good Realtor. So no, I am not scared paint will ever be a problem. Insert new project here.
That's the door from my garage into my house. Boring. I have really wanted a new project lately and chose to spiff up this entrance. The supplies I needed were easy enough to gather: primer, black paint, graphite paper, some small brushes, and Microsoft Word.
I used Word to print out a banner that said "Welcome Home." It was too long for one sheet of paper so I printed it onto two and taped them together. After that I planned to trim a straight edge across the top, but as soon as I laid out the paper and ruler Rudy (Inhibitor #1) jumped up and made himself comfortable. His sweet tail was right in my way. Such is the life of a pet owner whose pets love them. Lucky (but frustrated) me.
I did get it trimmed and marked the center so I could line it up on the door.
I used painters tape (oops, not in my supply list above) to layer the graphite paper and banner for tracing.
I started out using a ball point pen to trace my letters, but soon wished I still had the NASA Zero Gravity Pen that Santa had brought me 35 years ago and had to switch over to a pencil.
Ta-Da. My markings transferred fine. The door is a little smudgy from putting pressure on the graphite paper, but that will come off when the paint is set and I can give the whole door a good wipe down.
I used some of the primer left over from my Chalkboard Pantry Door assuming it would make the project easier in the long run. Glad I did.
I am a righty, so I worked from right to left so as not to smear the graphite markings. At this point I could already tell I was going to like it.
It took 2 coats of black after the primer and I may do a few little edge touch ups, but it is finished and I love it.
I'll let the paint cure for a few days before cleaning off the stray marks. What do you think?