Dumplings, the barn doors are up and the entry is painted! LB spent two and a half days planing, canting and cussing. The 35-year-old posts and beams had twisted some in the dry Colorado climate, making the installation anything but easy.
The company we bought the barn doors from claims they are simple for the DIY-er. Uh, no. LB has a PhD in engineering and was struggling with the schematics and lack of instructions. Their hardware didn't work as described, so he had to do some re-engineering. I'm not going to share the door company's name because I don't want any Dumplings making the same purchasing mistake we did. But enough about that, onto the terribly disheartening "before"...
The former owners were big into a 1980s Southwest palette (I have sooooo much painting ahead of me) and early Americana. What you can't see is the antique spinning wheel that sat in the tall niche above the closet - you're welcome. They removed the closet doors and installed "country" hooks. Functional only if you own six coats. Pea has twice that number. LB and I installed a closet system with a center shelf tower and three rods. Organization does a body good.
For the posts and beams, I ended up using Benjamin Moore's "Black Horizon." It's the next color lighter than my original choice of "Ebony King" which went too dead at night.
For the walls, I used my trusty standby neutral, BM's "Navajo White," the same color I painted the fireplace bricks. The entry seating is West Elm's John Vogel bench and the rug is Pottery Barn's Rana (!!!) kilim runner, both of which are no longer available.
I'm still searching out lighting for the entry. LB doesn't want anything with "candles," which pretty much leaves Edison bulb fixtures. And the energy inefficiency of those makes him nuts. This is what I'm currently dealing with...
What kind of Beetlejuice nonsense is that?!?