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Builder Grade Bath Updates: Patterned Door

We asked Monica Mangin of East Coast Creative to refresh a builder grade bathroom with a $1000 budget. One of her projects was to paint a pattern on the back of the door, making a dramatic statement. Follow the directions to recreate this look in your home.

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Step 1

Hand sanding a standard door in preparation for primer and paint.

Sand and prime the door, allow to dry thoroughly, then follow with a base coat of paint. The base coat will be the color of your stripes. In this case, Monica used Sherwin Williams High Wide White (#636649), but you can use any color combination. Allow to dry thoroughly.

Step 2

Using painter's tape to create a graphic design on the door.

When the door is completely dry, use 1-inch painter's tape to create a graphic pattern. For this project, Monica started with the largest diagonal section - the one in the middle running downward from left to right. Then she taped various sections that intersect with the main diagonal, about 3 inches apart.

Use a level to keep the vertical lines straight. For the diagonal lines, measure and mark 3 inches down from the initial line at various points. To finish the line, connect the marks with tape.

Once all the tape is in place, use a credit card to seal the edges. To do so, slowly rub the edge of the card along the tape to eliminate any gaps between tape and door where paint might seep.

Good to Know

Let your imagination take the reins on this project. Diagonal lines make a big impression, but this idea also works with checks, chevrons and straight stripes. What's important is that the end result inspires and looks great with your home's decor.

Step 3

Roll the door with an additional coat of the base (small stripe) color. This seals the tape and prevents any bleeding of the secondary color. Allow to dry.

Step 4

paint the door

Paint two coats of your desired color over the painter's tape design. Monica chose Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black (#636666) for this project. Let the paint dry completely with the tape still in place.

Step 5

Monica is removing the tape from the door

Remove the painter’s tape to reveal your design.