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Paint a Basement Door Mint and Create a Handy Message Centre

Mint interior door with cork trivet memo board

After we spruced up the basement landing/stairwell . . .

. . . the door to the basement remained sadly un-spruced.

It had been painted white and given new brushed silver hinges and door knob like all of our other interior doors, but it had been painted quickly and there were spots where the old grey-ish paint could be seen on the inside (that’s my Mom above, Vanna White-ing it to show you where).  We had also started using it as a place to store vital information, like the garbage day schedule, but we had been using painter’s tape to stick stuff up there.  I didn’t have any white paint left, but I had my trusty free gallon of mint paint.  I decided a little colour would be fun, especially because it’s just the inside of the door (the outside and edges stayed white).

I taped off the edges and the door knob, removed the papers and unscrewed the white bag holder.  Two coats of paint later, I had a fresh new minty door.  I grabbed a set of cork trivets from Ikea and affixed them to the door with construction adhesive, holding them in place while the adhesive dried with painter’s tape.  And voila – much tidier!  Plus the mint looks sweet with the framed brooches in the stairwell.

Mint interior door with cork trivet memo board

We re-hung the holder for random plastic bags (on the rare occasion we get them from a store, I hang on to them and re-use them).  The cork trivets tidied up our important info.  We purposefully installed them in a vertical row, with one at kid-height, so if future owners have kids they can pin up their school stuff.  I would have liked to have painted these a fun colour, or done a whole grid (like this) but I was short on both time and money.  The natural cork looks cute against the brick when the door is open, anyway, and three tiles means we only have so much room to clutter up!

Use cork trivets as small corkboard

Mini corkboard DIY

I’m really enjoying painting things mint . . .



  1. Lets just build a house!
    July 22, 2013 / 4:30 pm

    i'm enjoying all this minty goodness! so purrrdy

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      July 22, 2013 / 7:12 pm

      I was thinking of you and your proclaimed penchant for mint!!

  2. Tom
    July 22, 2013 / 5:21 pm

    That black and white painting is too awesome!

  3. Dora
    July 22, 2013 / 6:12 pm

    I love the idea! I think I need a gallon of mint paint now

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      July 22, 2013 / 7:14 pm

      I'm warming up to paint doors a bright colour. With the lake house, I'd love the french doors to be bright turquoise one day and I had this thought that maybe in the hallway I should do the doors different shades of the same hue (front and back). This was me dipping my toe in the colourful door trend. And I like it!!

  4. Stephanie @ Sandpaper and Glue
    July 23, 2013 / 2:13 am

    I am loving all the mint! it's so happy!ps- I was given a full set of pyrex mixing bowls this weekend, from 1975. it's my first pyrex! woo hooo!!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      July 23, 2013 / 4:19 am

      Congrats!! What a sweet gift. You must be so excited!! Do you know the name of the pattern? What's it look like (I have a Pyrex book on patterns)? Let me live vicariously!!:D

    • stephanie, s & g
      July 23, 2013 / 12:48 pm

      Its the friendship pattern… orange, red, and white. I'll be posting a picture soon!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      July 23, 2013 / 3:37 pm

      I LOVE that pattern! I had a small casserole/fridgie in that pattern in the Etsy shop (with the pattern on the lid). That is a really pretty pattern. I'm so happy for you!

  5. cred
    July 23, 2013 / 5:01 am

    I really love the mint door- it's a cute little surprise when you open it. And I actually like the natural colour of the cork on the mint. The colourful cork arrangement looks nice on the white wall but I like natural on the mint.btw- Dollarama carries these round cork trivets, too. I think (but don't quote me), that they're a 2-pk for $1. But even if it's $1 ea, it's still a bit cheaper and could save a drive to IKEA if you wanted to make another memo board for the lakehouse. I did the same on the wall next to my desk- pretty simple and good value for a memo board.Did anyone tell you that your laundry room is featured on Apartment Therapy? I don't know how that works- do they contact you in advance or do you hear through the grapevine? Congrats!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      July 23, 2013 / 12:43 pm

      Thanks! The mint is a much nicer surprise. The door was a little beat up (didn't really show in photos).Darn, that's a good price!! I think a three-pack at Ikea was like $4 or $5 (don't quote me either!). Good tip, thanks!I spotted the AT feature because of the crazy amounts of traffic I got yesterday and then I mentioned it in a post today. I didn't submit it to them, which is crazy! It was such a fun surprise! Thanks so much for letting me. I don't always realize if something has been featured elsewhere.

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