Hope you had a happy 4th of July. We celebrated at home in our red, white, and now blue house.
The siding on our house is a pinkish-brown with dark red shingles on the second story. It is so not us. We aren’t interested in the expense of painting the house, but we were looking for a quick fix to make it more us. The front door seemed like the easiest thing to makeover.
Naturally, I processed through every blue and green pint chip in my arsenal to choose a new front door color. Anything was an improvement over the dingy green-brown door we started with.
As an aside, we would actually like to replace the front door. I hate this one. It is about as basic as they get. I really don’t like the tiny windows at the top, especially since we have a transom window above the door. And, don’t even get me started on the yucky state of the door handle and lock with the mismatched brass keyholes. But a new door is not in the budget right now, so we hoped a quick paint job would give the door a desperately needed pick-me-up.
I taped the final four swatches to the trim next to the door. Everyone chose their favorite, and to my delight we all chose the same color! It was meant to be, or was it…
After a coat of primer and two coats of paint, I was still not sure. You have to realize our neighborhood is full of plain-Jane doors. After two coats our front door was standing out from the crowd, but I am not sure it was in a good way. Add to the fact that I skipped the mandatory association approval for changing house colors (I mean, who has over a month to wait on a door color approval). I was worried the neighbors and association would be coming after us with pitchforks and torches. Okay, it wasn’t that bad, but it still wasn’t good.
The issue was the color was too clean or bright for our house. Colors always look brighter outside in full natural light, too. Our siding and shingles are very muted colors. I needed to tone down the front door color to fit with the rest of the house, but I didn’t want to buy new paint.
I took my quart of paint back to Home Depot and asked what they could do. I went on a weekday morning (read: when they weren’t busy) and they were more than happy to play around with my paint color to get it just right. It only took two tries and a couple minutes to get it there.
The color we started with was Washed Denim by Martha Stewart. All they did was add a little more black. The first time it was hardly different. The second time it looked like the same color, but noticeably darker. Plus, I knew if it wasn’t I could just take it back and have more black added. Just be careful not to add too much black to start with.
I put two more coats of the new paint color on the front door. I knew instantly it was an improvement. The color was toned down just enough to fit with the other muted colors on the house. But it still pops…in a good way. It is the perfect shade of blue to compliment our house.
The color looks pretty fabulous when the door is open, too. It matches the artwork in the foyer pretty well.
It feels pretty good to drive up to a house that shows a little of our personality on the outside. All of our recent visitors have complimented the color, too. And, no one has come after us with pitchforks and torches for changing our door color…phew!
Moral of the story: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. If a paint color seems off, see what the paint store can do to change the color before buying new paint.
Now we are brainstorming what to do with the shutter situation. We are so not shutter people.
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