Hi everyone! Claire here, with a project that I’m thrilled to say, has been one of my easiest yet. Two weeks ago I confessed to you all my need for a quick home pick-me-up to distract me from the other looming projects I’ve been putting off. I was so inspired by all the incredible designs I discovered, and after much sketching and deliberating, I decided to take pieces of each one I’d found to create my own original door design… and if this photo is any indication, it’s safe to say the whole household is pleased with the outcome! Interested in making your own? We’ve got the easy instructions just after the jump.

  • door (duh!)
  • paint (I chose glossy for added interest)
  • tape measure
  • pencil
  • blue painters tape
  • straight edge
  1. Tape off and paint door edges first. I used a neon acrylic paint for this part, it took about 4 coats.
  2. Measure door’s height and width and draw out a smaller version to scale out the pattern properly. I did this in order to calculate an even amount of chevrons.
  3. Mark the center of your door with a pencil, and use ruler to space and mark the point of each chevron. For my pattern, I marked every 13 inches.
  4. Using a straight edge, draw each angled line.
  5. Repeat steps 4 & 5 on the other side of the door.
  6. Tape along each line, and paint. I painted 3 coats to ensure evenness.
  7. Once dry, remove tape and rehang!

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Comments (37)
  1. 1
    GawgusThings March 8, 2012 at 6:54 am

    I love the red trim around the door!
    Emma x

    • Tania March 8, 2012 at 7:24 am

      It’s beautiful, indeed!

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    Helena - A Diary of Lovely March 8, 2012 at 7:05 am

    so smart and makes a great impact! Lovely idea! If I ever have a door of my own I might give it a go

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    Sophee March 8, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Love it Claire!!! Maybe my favorite thus far 🙂

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    Carrie Z March 8, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Really love this one.

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    Emily March 8, 2012 at 7:59 am

    love love love!!!! and i love cat and monte making their “debut” together!!! very nice work claire 🙂

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    Clare March 8, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Oh wow! What a perfect combination – subtle enough with the grey with a sneaky pop of colour! So spectacular!!

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    Mariah March 8, 2012 at 8:12 am

    I love this Claire! The silver and white are so fun together.

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    Steve Z. March 8, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Well-done indeed. Those critters of yours are moving toward celebrity status!

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    Michelle Sereno March 8, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Claire, this is phenomenal! And the dogs are adorable 🙂

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    Kelly Bowman March 8, 2012 at 8:49 am

    So cool claire! Love the pups in the shot too!

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    Claire Zinnecker March 8, 2012 at 9:55 am

    thanks, all! it was a really fun project to do!

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    Becky - Pretty Dandy March 8, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Fabulous idea and I love the sneaky neon flash too. I’d have the fear about wobbly lines, but you’ve done a magnificent job!


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    Maya March 8, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Très chic! But the pets stole the show; they are gorgeous 🙂

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    Ashley @ Any Lovely Thing March 8, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    That looks gorgeous, Claire! Well done.


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    Dana March 8, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    So gorgeous! I especially love the pop of orange. Great DIY!

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    Marie March 9, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I love that hint of orange! 🙂

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    grandma March 10, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Love the door Claire!!!!

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    Kate March 14, 2012 at 10:31 am

    monte is the cutest. great job claire!!

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    Maroon March 17, 2012 at 8:40 am

    I love love love this idea! I can’t wait to have a house so I can try this… pretty sure our the property management company wouldn’t find it as charming as I do. 🙂

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    Arre March 17, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    LoVe the idea! Would you mind sharing exactly which paint you used (color)?! I’m dying to do this!

    • Claire Zinnecker March 18, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      Thanks Arre! For the grey I used a Behr paint, custom color match to their UL260-9 (Ashes) in High Gloss. The neon is an Derivan acrylic paint I bought at an art store. The color Fluro Red. Hope this helps!

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    Becky May 24, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    I love love love this idea!!!

    What kind of dog is that? He is beautiful!!

    • clairezinnecker May 24, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Thanks, Becky! He is actually a mutt (we think a mix of pitt/lab/dane). He’s a handful but such a love.

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    Kim June 15, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I love the red trim. It really finishes the design. Any decor is always better with a pooch and a kitty! x

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    Shawne Maranto April 21, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Loved this idea so much I did it in my house. it was a great Sunday project. I had some metallic silver paint that was from Home Depot and just touched up the little scratches and imperfections on the door. I created a little stencil and drew my chevron pattern on the door. I did mine 12 inches wide. So far it’s been a big hit with the family. I like it because it’s unexpected and adds some interest to an area where there once was just a big plain white door! 🙂