This weekend was jam-packed.
Like a suitcase over stuffed.
And I was the proverbial person sitting on top of the suitcase trying to jam everything in.
First of all, it was beautiful weather here from Friday to Sunday.
Like, 65-70 degrees and sunny beautiful.
So of course, we were outside all.day.long.all.weekend.long.
This is what we do in the Midwest.
When the weather is nice, we all run outside and stay outside until it gets not so nice.
Because we know it won’t last.
Add in a soccer game, weed pulling, a door project, a neighborhood bonfire with 20 + adults and children, a birthday (that would be me!!!), a mini trip to Wisconsin and a massage (that would be forme!!!!), it was crazy busy.
So busy that we didn’t even have time to frost or eat my birthday cake.
So Ellie frosted it this morning and we ate it for breakfast.
Our front door?
It needed some updating.
The houses in our neighborhood primarily have three different color doors: black, white and burgundy.
I gotta think that those were the only choices people had when they were building these homes.
Or else people just didn’t want to go outside the box in terms of door color.
I have seen blue and brown doors sprinkled in here and there but mostly just the above.
Of course, I wanted to shake things up a bit.
I have stared at the same front door color for eight years and burgundy wasn’t cutting it for me anymore.
Plus it had paint scrapes, chips, dings and it was just looking, blah.
Let me back up.
This whole project started with this innocent little picture I found on Pinterest last October:
First off, let me credit Emily Clark for this picture.
Pinterest has made it ridiculous to embed a picture anymore.
It took me ten precious minutes before I finally gave up.
So go to Emily’s blog, she is a designer and has amazing taste.
I saw this color and had such a reaction to it immediately, I knew I wanted it in my home.
Isn’t it an amazing green??
And I literally wrote underneath the pin, “I want to paint a door in my house this green. Maybe my outside front door?”
The color is called “Paradise” by Sherwin Williams.
I pinned this last fall after I painted the interior doors black here:
See that cord there?
It makes me nervous.
Anyway, I had all this courage left over from painting those doors black that I thought I would try the exterior door.
But it was getting cold and I didn’t want to start it until it warmed up again.
Enter April 26th.
Yes folks, that is the first warm day of the year in these parts.
Here is what our door looked like to provoke me into painting it in the first place:
Do you see the dings and scrapes?
Someone was my shadow that day.
The first step in my plan?
So basically, the super hero of exterior paints.
Then I bought these tools to help me with my job as per the suggestion of Hayward.
A small roller (for most of the door) and a small paint brush (for around the door knob, dead bolt and the panels of the door).
Then after some taping, I got started!
Then after a coat, she loved it.
She was all, “wow that looks so cool“.
Now you are on my side.
By the way, I did some painting too.
She just got all the glory.
And less interior decorator green.
So I went to bed that night knowing I liked it but that it definitely needed a second coat of paint. And was also a little concerned a drunken Irishman would stumble into my foyer.
It makes our plain old off white house pop.
I had so many comments on this door just in the past 48 hours.
Even guys were making comments about the door and they usually don’t even notice stuff like that.
Paint color- Paradise by Sherwin Williams
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