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The Bright Front Door

The porch and front door area of our home needed an overhaul and that’s just what I’ve been working on.

We had our last paint job on the home about eight years ago when we first moved in. Let me tell you the “smurf” look doesn’t look well on a home and that’s exactly how our house was painted. Bright blue with bright white trim. All I can say is no, no, no…don’t ever do that to your home. We picked out a neutral shade of light gray and kept it the same color this year. Even though we had our home painted back then, we never did anything with the front door and it would starting to look mighty shabby.

P1010385 The stain is starting to wear off and it just looks bad. Really bad. I had a inclination to paint the front door some bright color that complements the rest of the house and so off to the hardware store my husband and I went.

There are so many different options for exterior paint. Just getting through them all can make your head hurt.  Not only is there special paint for doors and trim now, some come in premixed colors or you can choose your own color and have it mixed in to a base color.

We had a lot of ideas of colors but basically after watching some interesting videos on YouTube for front door painting we narrowed it down to – bright blue, bright red, or a satin maroon color. Our home has a lot of red brick in it and I really wanted to door to pop, so we ended up going with the blue and I absolutely love the way it has turned out.

I never really figured out what type of material the door is made from, but I think it might be some sort of processed wood. It’s definitely not metal, but the paint we bought works on pretty much anything.

P1010410 Rust-Oleum Painters’ Touch in blue.

Because we have a dog and cat that might think it’s okay to make a run for it while the door would be open, my husband thought it would just be better to take it off of it’s hinges and put up a make-shift door until I was done with it. He ended up stapling a large piece of tarp in the doorway and then put a large trash can next to it so Brownie wouldn’t be able to push through it, but it was fine. (Brownie didn’t even notice the door was missing.)

P1010387 Once the horses were on another tarp and the door was in place we painted a thin coat of primer on it, let it try and then started out on the blue paint. It was love at first sight. We ended up putting on two full coats of paint, then after it had been hung back up and rested for a bit I put on another light coat. 

P1010395 What a difference – wow!! We had our parents over for dinner later that night and they all loved it.

I’m so happy we choose blue~Bam


I'm a wife and Mom. I love baking, crafting, scrap booking, and reading for fun. I work full-time outside of the home and I have one adult son who has high functioning Autism. My husband and I have been married for over 25 years and I still love him as much today as I did the day we were married.

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