We still have the original solid wood doors with the original hardware. They have 61 years worth of paint on them so ideally they need to be stripped down, but just painting them a dark color hid a lot of their flaws.
When trying to decide a color I knew that black was a little too formal for my house. I wanted something with more depth than brown offers so I knew brown was out. Flipping through my Sherwin Williams paint deck I came across Urbane Bronze. Then a few months later I found this photo in my "collection" so I knew it was meant to be.
It ended up that I never even tried Urbane Bronze on the doors. I just chose several swatches from HD that were similar. I taped them to the broom closet door for a couple of weeks and looked at them everytime I walked by. If a color didn't work I took it down. I ended up with Martha Stewart Feather Duster (top half) and Glidden Dark Ivy (bottom half).
I decided to go with the the Glidden Dark Ivy, it was just prettier to me. Once I did start painting I was getting a little nervous when the paint was wet because it was looking totally different than the sample coat. But once the door dried all was as planned.
I used a small trim paint roller to paint the doors and a brush for the crevices.
I ended up doing 2 full coats and a light top coat so 3 coats total, sanding between each coat. I only painted the outside of the doors and let the insides the old color. I love the results. The doors look so much better!
It is hard to get a picture in a tiny little hallway.
I still need to clean off the door hardware. The previous painters did a terrible job with oil paint on the trim and doors and decided to get it all over the doorknobs. The hinges have so much paint there is no hope for a quick fix.
You sure can't buy that great brass patina today.
**For a great post on painted doors with lots of eye candy click HERE