Not for a ferry long time.

Not for a ferry long time.
Better After reader Jessica recently stripe-ified her lifeless hallway, which looks fantastic!  She is still debating what exactly to do with the doors, but has plenty of time to think about it, because she’s waiting until after Christmas to tackle any big home improvement projects.  And also, she lives on an island in Lake Michigan serviced by a ferry that stops running from December til April, so she REALLY has plenty of time to think about it.

So, since nothing door-sized is coming her way for a while, I decided to help her out with some Photoshop inspiration: black doors!   If you are not a fan of black doors, that is because you have probably never painted a door black.  I recently tried it out for the first time, and it’s the best decision I’ve ever made in my entire life.  Slight overstatement.  But I really do love my black door.  I’ll show you pictures sometime.

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  1. Anonymous
    October 17, 2012 / 9:49 PM

    Looks great! …and no ferry from December to May?! I hope they never run out of toilet paper!

  2. October 17, 2012 / 10:00 PM

    That sounds like Washington Island to me. Bet it gets pretty damn boring there in winter.

    Excellent stripes! I say paint the doors white. But then again I paint everything white.

  3. October 17, 2012 / 10:41 PM

    Beaver Island actually! We have small planes that service our small grocery store, just no large items like doors!! Thanks for the suggestion of the black, I never would have thought of that, but it looks really good. Maybe I’ll have to paint the old doors first to see how I like it!

  4. October 17, 2012 / 10:48 PM

    looks fabulous i like the black doors

  5. AngieBaby
    October 17, 2012 / 10:48 PM

    VERY nice! Try Yellow doors! PLEASE? Humor us!

  6. October 17, 2012 / 11:18 PM

    Very nice. I really like the black doors. It makes the stripes stand out better.

  7. RDMG
    October 17, 2012 / 11:27 PM

    Navy and Lime Green are my new favorite combos. Not sure about lime green doors…

  8. Anonymous
    October 17, 2012 / 11:35 PM

    Yellow doors to match the yellow hanging on the wall. It would make it really nautical looking.

  9. October 17, 2012 / 11:45 PM

    Yellow doors! She could choose a lighter version of the yellow on the hanging if she’s afraid of it being obnoxiously bright.

  10. October 18, 2012 / 12:52 AM

    Looks great. I love my black doors but in this hall would probably use the crisp white.

  11. Tracy
    October 18, 2012 / 1:03 AM

    I was going to say white doors too, but I like the idea of the yellow. Cmon Lindsey, photoshop those colours for us.

    And the stripes? They are AWESOME.

  12. October 18, 2012 / 1:29 AM

    I love white and paint all doors and trim a bright glossy white. Why not navy, like the stripe but glossier? The walls look fantastic!

  13. October 18, 2012 / 1:32 AM

    I like the black doors with the fantastic work she did in her hallway. It makes them recede, almost as if you are tempted to check out what is behind each one.

    And a high five for your post title, love it!

  14. October 18, 2012 / 1:48 AM

    Yellow doors would look fantastic.

  15. October 18, 2012 / 1:57 AM

    Wouldn’t it be cool if you did black chalk board paint and you could leave a message for the person’s room. That could be fun.

  16. TB
    October 18, 2012 / 2:11 AM

    Did you photoshop in a new light fixture, too? ‘Cause I really like the one in the pic with the black doors.

  17. October 18, 2012 / 2:22 AM

    I’m prepping to rev up my hallway and black doors are on the top of my list, no matter my husband’s dismay. However, I was wondering if yellow or orange would look amazing in this redo? I love the pop of yellow on the message board (at least, I think that is what that is…). Hey, I just realized others thing like me. Yay, me!

  18. October 18, 2012 / 2:38 AM

    Ack … Beaver Island! I should have known. We went there every summer (via sailboat) when I was a kid and every year I had to pose in front of the Erin Motel and have my picture taken. And then my parents took me to the Shamrock until way too late. Ah … fond memories of childhood.

    And the black doors do look good!

  19. Anonymous
    October 18, 2012 / 3:42 AM

    You did a great job! Awesome! Your front door is blue. I don’t think the other doors painted black would look right. Definitely white or yellow like a few others suggested.


  20. October 18, 2012 / 4:19 AM

    So fun!! What about black doors with a GIANT number 1, 2, 3 on each door in white..??

  21. October 18, 2012 / 12:01 PM

    I would do white doors but with the shaker trim from the earlier closet door post.

  22. Anonymous
    October 18, 2012 / 12:45 PM

    what about black chalk board paint doors?

  23. October 18, 2012 / 2:10 PM

    I’m with Lindsey on the black doors, but I would use chalkboard paint!

    Or you could use another color of chalkboard paint. I just think chalkboard paint is super awesome. 😀

  24. October 18, 2012 / 6:25 PM

    I think the doors would look great in the navy blue color that the stripes are… Or maybe a bright yellowish gold… She is from Michigan- that must mean she is a Wolverine fan… Right?! It looks great though!

  25. October 18, 2012 / 9:53 PM

    Wow! What a difference. The strips looks awesome in the hallway!

  26. Michelle H
    October 19, 2012 / 8:20 PM

    Those doors are amazing in black!!! I think it would completely finish off the look!!! Great Idea!!!

  27. October 22, 2012 / 5:34 AM

    Excellent stripes! I really love the way you paint your hallway! It makes me inspire to repaint my place. 🙂

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  28. October 22, 2012 / 3:07 PM

    I was thinking that black doors would look FABULOUS even before I scrolled down to see your Photoshop masterpiece. LOVE IT! I wish I had the guts to go bold.

    See what I’m up to at

  29. November 8, 2012 / 6:59 PM

    I was wondering if it was Beaver Island! My husband works over there all the time. Small world.
    I love the idea of yellow doors! And you could always paint over them if you didn’t love them or got sick of it.

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