What do a 1970’s SI cover model, a meth user, and a Tex-Mex restaurant have in common?

Nothing. Absolutely nothing. I’m just bad with titles.

We’re not wood purists. Have I mentioned that before?

This house has a ton of woodwork! balcony

fireplace wet bar


Some of it is so well cared for that it is shocking. It’s thirty years old and looks brand new. It’s like the Christie Brinkley of wood. And then there is some of it that is thirty years old and looks fifty. It’s like the meth user of wood…know what I’m saying?


^That is a 60-year old, y’all! Holy cow!

I’ll spare you a pic of a meth user, but seriously guys…just say no to drugs!


We made the decision to paint the woodwork in the hallway downstairs since we had to get pocket doors that came pre-primed. We could have special ordered solid wood for a small fortune, but even if we did that it would be a miracle to get it to be an exact match to all of this old woodwork. Besides, I love fresh, white painted wood. It’s like getting a face lift. Not that anyone ever does that. (ahem…Christie…*cough, cough*)

I can’t imagine painting the fireplace or all of that woodwork on the second floor (even though I’m not crazy about the wood color), and I’m not sure what to think about the living room ceiling. I for sure want to paint the wet bar area and do something to the stairs. We’ll have to figure out some solution to blend the woodwork in this house so it doesn’t look schizo.

But that’s for another day. Right now we’re dealing with the coat closet door (to the right of the stairs), and the back hallway which has doors to the guest bathroom, the laundry room, and the master bedroom. (Apparently I don’t have a before pic of the back hallway.)

coat closet

The fastest/easiest way to paint all of those doors was definitely to spray them. We did this a while back, but I never got around to showing you, because it took me forever to finish the trim. In fact, I am still not completely finished. I hope to tackle the rest of the back hallway this weekend and be back with after pics next week.

We removed all the door knobs, took all of the doors off the hinges, and carried them outside where we had prepped with plastic drop cloths. (They were all brown, except one side of the master bedroom door, but we forgot to get a pic until I was practically finished with primer.)

spray doors

I can’t really make a sprayer recommendation, because I have long since forgotten what kind ours is. Based on when we bought it, I’m going to guess it was the cheapest available. We don’t hate it. We don’t love it. Ours plugs in, but there are also pneumatic options available. I’d love a larger tank, for less refills, but also want it to weigh less to reduce wrist strain (in a plug-in version). So yeah, if anyone is looking to get rich…there’s your invention. Get on that, please?!!

paint sprayer

It definitely works for how seldom we use it. There are options for which way your spray goes (horizontal or vertical) and how fast it comes out. I can’t ever remember what is what (and can no longer read the labels thanks to the over spray from the hubs painting overhead in a tight spot one time years ago), so I just push buttons until it does what I want it to do. Maybe this pic will remind me that I want the light on the right in the future.

paint sprayer power

The trick is to keep your tank full; it starts splattering when it gets close to empty.

paint splatter

I start at the bottom and move back and forth working my way up the door.

paint up spray paint doors

I used oil-based Zinsser primer for the best coverage.

oil primer

Cleaning this sprayer is a pain in the butt. If using latex paint, water is all you need for cleaning, but it is still a lot of steps to take all the valves and tank and everything apart. I’ll spare you the details, because every sprayer is different and I have no pics of the process.

Since I used oil-based primer, I had to use more than water for clean up. We already had partial cans of lacquer thinner and mineral spirits on hand, so I used that. Gasoline also works. Or turpentine. Or acetone.

lacquer thinner

Then I had to turn right around and dirty up the sprayer again (but this time with latex paint). I used two coats, because I put the first on pretty thin. It’s tempting with a sprayer to put it on thick enough not to need a second coat, but runs are likely on a vertical surface. Resist the urge! (We used Valspar semi-gloss in white.)


The laundry room is directly at the end of the hallway (pics next week when I finish), so I decided the door would be a fun place for some color. I didn’t spray it though, because it got windy and rain was expected by then.

I used Tropical Oasis tinted 50% with Ocean Slumber, which is the next color on the card.

paint chip

It was looking like a Tex-Mex restaurant after one coat.

one coat paint

A bit better after two coats.

two coats paint

Then I decided to hang it and paint the third coat while in place, just in case it got scratched or banged up in the process. But I never got around to it. The third coat is part of finishing the back hallway that I hope to get to this weekend.

We’re off to celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior (by eating chocolate, of course) with some dear friends this afternoon. As the four-year old says, “Happy Happy Friday.” (He keeps thinking “Good Friday” is called “Happy Friday.”) May you all experience the grace of God and the saving power of Christ! Happy Easter!

*I do not personally know Christie Brinkley or her plastic surgeon (if one exists). All statements made herein regarding her “work” are pure speculation. Don’t anyone sue me.