Before and After Hallway



Happy Tuesday.

We bought this vintage cottage style home last July and since we have been trying to paint all the trim, baseboards and doors throughout the house.
The trim, doors and baseboards were all in orange stained wood.  I do not like that orange that happens in old wood over time.

Here are the before pics and then the after pics.  Just painting all the trim, base molding and doors in white made a big difference.

Before:

Orange stained wood doors, trim, crown in the hall.

Hall after primer and white paint.  Again apologies on the dark gloomy no sunshine for good lighting pics in the hall.  Trust me the hall is so much brighter and feels larger.

For you purest that like natural wood I would have liked the doors and trim and crown natural too but the orange wood just did not cut it for me.  Plus I know this will come as a shocker but I like white!!!!
After results are brighter and the hall flows now with the living room and bedroom.



I used a good Kilz primer which after priming you can see how the wood door sucked up the primer.  One coat of primer and two coats of gloss white.

Before
After

On more room to go.  Will be working on our office area to paint the doors, trim and baseboards soon.

Have a great week.

34 comments

  1. I wouldn't be able to deal with the orange either and was orange. I love that you have wood doors. It's amazing how much brighter it is too.

    Here's hoping one day the sun will appear here too. Two years of clouds is enough already.

    Cindy

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  2. I LOVE the white trim Kris and it looks so much nicer than the plain wood. I have it the same way in my house with the trim and doors painted white and I love it. It's a lot of work but so worth it. Hope you have a nice day and week.

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  3. Hi Kris,
    What you had was orange shellac, it was all the rage in the 50's and 60's. We moved from a lovely old Victorian when I was a little girl and my aunt painted all of the natural pine doors and trim with that stuff. I thought it was awful, it's a bear to remove because it's oil based and it gets more orange as the years go by. I hated it. You have done a beautiful job painting the doors and trim and you should always go with what home and comfort mean to you. You did that lovely cottage a great favor when you painted over that shellac.
    Take care,

    Constance

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    1. I have to agree. That shellac they used was horrible. It is so hard to cover too. The only way to keep the shellac from coming through you white paint is to make sure you prime first. It is horrible and a lot of work with that stuff on wood.
      Happy New Week.

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  4. Wow, what a huge difference that made, Kris!! I'm a wood lover, but that was really really orange....eek!

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  5. Oh my goodness - the white paint made it into a whole new house! It looks gorgeous! I have "orange" cabinets in my kitchen, I'm itching to paint them. You're sure an inspiration!

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  6. It looks great, Kris! I have some orange that needs to go, too!

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  7. Kris,
    Amazing transformation!
    I was quite surprised to see how 'tone~down' the floors appear.
    Did you sand and lighten the wood floors in the hall. . .
    or is that just from the reflection of the white area?
    Either. . .it's gorgeous!
    Thank you for sharing and always inspiring!
    Pat

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    1. Pat that is probably when I lightened the picture and the reflection of the light they look lighter.
      Have a great week.
      Hugs,
      Kris

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  8. Wow, Kris...this transformation is amazing!! When you said orange wood, you weren't kidding. I'd never seen that before so I had no idea. It looks so much better and brighter now. You and Terry are amazing for all the hard work you do. I just said to Brian that we need to hire you two, lol.

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  9. Kris, the white is more soothing to the eye. The orange is not pretty. Nicely done. xo

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  10. Oh wow, big difference, it looks amazing.

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  11. It looks amazing Kris... well done. We spent last year renovating an older home and like you, had to paint every single surface in that house. The only thing that kept me going was seeing each room transformed and getting a little boost to attack another hideous room. So worth the effort!! Everything that you and Terry have done so far is looking fabulous. I love watching you both transform your beautiful Junk Chic Cottages.
    Hugs,
    Kerryanne

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  12. I love natural wood, but not on doors or moldings. There's just something about it that disrupts the eye. I think the white looks fabulous and really brightens up the entire space, especially with those crystal doorknobs. Plus, it's way, way more your style!

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  13. Wow, what a huge difference paint made! I would have painted over the orange tone wood too. Our floors in our other house were the same color before we refinished them. I always referred to them as the Orange Glo floors. LOL!!! Those crystal knobs are TDF!!!!
    ~Des
    ~Des

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  14. No doubt about it, that orange had to go! Y'all did a beautiful job of it too. I love that little house quote!

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  15. I do love natural wood but that orange hue is not pretty. It looks really nice in white. Yous must be a painting pro in order to get all this done so fast.

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  16. 100% better. You know that I am dealing with the same issue! While my husband feels that the original wood is vintage and is part of the charm of the old house, this is the type of "old vintage" that is extremely DATED! As you know, I too have the orangy wood in the old living room as well as in the kitchen. The kitchen looks SO MUCH BETTER now that we have painted it white, but the outdated orange wood cabinets remain. My goal is to at least paint the living room this summer. Kris, you have done such a great job on this cottage!

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  17. Looks great, and makes the floor look even better with tuning out the orange tone on the doors & trim work. That's a lot of elbow grease in that project!

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  18. That turned out great! Those really had an orange cast to them. That Kilz stuff is great. When we remodeled this house the builder scraped the ceilings and then applied a new surface. The next day this awful yellow had seeped out and into the new surface. Turns out because the previous owners smoked it was a residue that made it’s way out. Yuck! So he used Kilz to cover it and then painted it. Never saw evidence of that again!

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  19. Turned out really nice Kris. I do love the wood looks but not the orangy either. Girl, I need your energy! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  20. Wow, even the floor looks better after painting all the trim. I'm not a fan of orange wood either. Our farmhouse was a wood box...all yucky paneling (the cheap kind), doors, trim, brown tile...you get the picture. White paint to the rescue! I didn't paint the doors but they got a coat of dark stain which did wonders.
    Love, love, love the difference in your sweet home!

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  21. I love natural wood, but definitely not orange. It looks so bright and cheery now. xo Laura

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  22. I too loved the natural wood, but thought it was a bit on the orange side. You're right: Better flow now.
    Brenda

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  23. It looks SO much better now Kris! I don't like the orange wood look either.
    Also, thanks for sharing the story on your previous blog. I agree with you, heart breaking and uplifting too. Hugs, Gilly x

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  24. I would have done the same thing, Kris. So much better painted white!

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  25. Kris, I love wood left in its natural state, but sometimes it just isn't pretty. I agree with you about the orange, but those are beautiful doors and I think they look much better painted white. It all looks so clean and bright. It seems you are getting on the home stretch and you have done a great job. It is so pretty and charming..xxoJudy

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  26. It is looking great Kris. It is bright and clean. And all the personal touches you add makes it Home Sweet Home.
    Love, Carla

    P.S. I am loving having your posts come to my e mail. Yippee!!

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  27. That is a lot of painting. Definitely a good idea in small spaces, I don't know if I could totally give up my woodtones, but then we are color freaks. The kitchen is basically white as are the master bedroom and bathrooms. You gave the best advice though...Kilz is the product to use!!! That makes your post, so very good!

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  28. Kris,
    I am always amazed at how you can transform each home that you have moved into and make it your own so quickly!! It looks beautiful!! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your Birthday wishes!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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