Painting Our Front Door or How I Now Need a Liquor License
April 29, 2013/
This weekend was jam-packed.
Like a suitcase overstuffed.
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 for me!!!!), 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.
And please notice the stocking cap on.
The last week of April.
So it wasn’t a horrible color or anything, I was just over it.
And it really needed to be painted anyway because it was really bad and the front door is the first thing people see when they enter your home.
Why greet them with “Hi, see these scrapes and dings? Yeah, this is just a teaser for what you are in for. Enjoy your visit and I hope you aren’t wearing white pants.”
When I could greet them with “Hi! My front door leads you to believe that the rest of my house is painted immaculately. Look closely. It’s all a ruse. Enjoy your visit!”
The first step in my plan?
Go to my local Sherwin Williams and get a swatch of this lovely color I was intending to paint.
I do feel a little guilty going in, asking for the color swatch and then ditching them to buy it cheaper somewhere else.
I have a feeling they get this a lot but I still get a tinge of guilt.
Which goes away as soon as I realize how much money I save when I buy it at a home improvement center.
I then went to Home Depot and worked with the handy fella there in finding me the right paint for this project.
I didn’t see his name on his shirt.
So we can call him Hayward.
For the sake of this post.
I told Hayward this:
– I need a paint for the exterior of the front door.
– It has a storm door in front of it.
– I have kids. Who slam this door, put their hands on this door, kick soccer balls that randomly fly and hit this front door, that take their hands with a mixture of bubbles and chalk and write love notes to us on this door.
-I don’t love to paint so am looking for something I don’t have to paint more than two coats of.
So Hayward pointed me towards this:
It just came into the stores on Monday.
And I came in on Friday.
I think so.
By the way, I am not being paid by HD or Behr.
I should be but I am sadly not.
This stuff isn’t cheap.
It was 20 bucks for this small can.
BUT I did not have to purchase primer so that with the paint would have cost me 20 dollars.
This paint is dirt resistant, stain resistant and blocks UV rays.
So basically, the superhero 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 paintbrush (for around the doorknob, deadbolt and the panels of the door).
Then after some taping, I got started!
I should say “we” got started.
My 13-year-old just got off the bus when I was starting and wanted to help.
I love her so much.
It should also be noted that said 13-year-old BEGGED me not to paint the front door green.
And I quote, “Ewww Mom that is gonna be ugly”.
No faith in me.
Then after a coat, she loved it.
She was all, “wow that looks so cool“. Suuure.
Now you are on my side.
By the way, I did some painting too.
She just got all the glory.
When it first went on, it looked a little more Kermit green.
And less interior decorator green.
And when I took pictures on my phone to show family and friends, it looked more St Patrick’s Day than Summer Day.
In fact, one of my blogger friends likened it to a pub in Chicago.
That I guess has a green door.
I likened it to an Irish pub.
Which wouldn’t be at all inappropriate?
I am part Irish.
The husband is ALL Irish.
We do like to kick one back now and then
And our house is full of merriment.
Here and there.
Maybe more there than here.
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.
Here is what it looked like after the second coat the next morning:
It was finally starting to look like the Pinterest inspiration!!
There is that pretty sun we had all weekend shining on my brand new door!!
And here it is.
Our new door.
Brand new and improved.
Better than ever.
What’s that, you say?
It’s looking all spring up in here??
Yes, it is.
My daughter said, “wow, our house looks trendy“.
I still don’t know how I feel about that comment.
Come on in!!!
The bar is on the left!!!
No, no it’s not.
Just another Irish pub joke.
I will stop now.
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.
I love how it looks in the mirror in the living room!
Look at my spring-y door!!!!
Total cost to makeover my door?
That includes the brushes and the paint.
Not a bad investment, I would say.
Here is the before and after side by side.
And the outside view:
Here are the details:
Paint- Marquee by Behr- 20.00 at Home Depot
Paint color- Paradise by Sherwin Williams
Small roller for smooth surfaces and a small-medium regular brush. The roller cost four dollars and some change; the brush cost about $5.00.
Tip- For a drop cloth I used a ripped up trash bag. Did the trick and just threw it away when I was done!
Also, make sure you use some sort of tray for your paint.
Total time for this project- I started the first coat while the youngest was at school and it took about 30 minutes to coat the entire door with the first coat. I finished the next morning and took about 20 minutes for the second coat.