Sunday, August 15, 2010

A Little Paint Can Do Wonders

Boring, isn't it? Dated.  Not yawning yet?  Here take it all in...not exactly saying "WELCOME, come in! We're so glad you're here!"  Yea, not so much.

I'm not sure what is worse.  The plastic wreath hangar left over from Christmas, that has now turned yellow....or.....the mud dobber stuck to the top of the door frame...(don't ask to see a shot of the alcove above the door - there were 13 nests up there - GROSS)....or the 'victorian frosted glass'....wait I's THIS....this is what the worst part was....

Where they changed the door hardware and decided that it didn't matter if they painted around it or not.  Nice, huh? And  GRIME, people. So, first, a good cleaning was necessary - and I love this stuff...

Then the fun part started. Ok, really, i wasn't having fun.  It was 100 degrees with a heat index of 102 when i started this and it didn't exactly cool off as the day progressed.  Kind of the opposite actually.

So, being the bad documenter that I am (which blogger is telling me is NOT a word - go figure), I didn't take pictures of the front of the paint can.  I should have because thank goodness I listened to the paint lady at HD. This is Behr Ultra with primer - painting this red color would i think have taken the rest of my natural life.  We did this (mostly ) in an afternoon.

And then Vance installed new hardware.  LOVE IT.   Can I just say btw, that deciding on what hardware finish was harder than picking my wedding dress.  NotnotNOT an exaggeration. I picked my dress (3rd i tried on) in under 30 minutes.  Choosing between brushed nickel, ORB, or shiny brass (which i got told 3x in HD was making a comeback) about pushed me over the edge.  We actually got a little snippy with each other. ONE of us was losing patience with the other. I won't say who's who in this little exchange.

We still have more to do. Vance is ordering new windows since these are double pained and we can't scrape the frost off - and he thinking he wants to cut the middle bracket totally out and make one window per door.  Which i think is a great idea. If he can do it.  And i'm kind of scared of opening pandora's box on that one - but sometimes you gotta let a man be THE man, kwim?  So, i'm letting him run with it.  I'm sure it will be lovely.  

We also need a new doorbell, a new doormat and I really am ready to hang my Southern Living at Home flower tins on the doors. All in good time :)  While we wait, I can live with this. For awhile.  A few weeks.  A week.

Linking to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch :)


  1. What a boost for the front of the house. I love the red! I hear you about shopping for hardware, bizarre how hard that can be. An indecisive persons nightmare! Anyway, just found you via Metamorphosis and love the doors. Can't wait to see the windows.

  2. Looks so much more inviting. Of course I love the color choice as well! Well done.

  3. Oh, what a difference! I just love red doors and your doors look fantastic!! When you start a project it's start dominoeing! I know!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  4. WOW what a welcoming door! Great job!


  5. That looks fabulous! Great color choice! What red is that?

  6. Love the color! I still have to paint my front door black, but it's just been too hot {and we get full sun right on the front of our house}.

  7. Great job Sheri! I wish I too could paint the outside of our front door - but living in an association - I can not - so I painted the inside of our door black!

    Found you over at BNOTP link party (nice to meet you!) - I'm Dark Door Project - Come by and check it out!

    :D Lynda

  8. Thanks all! Pamela, the color is Behr Chianti in Behr Ultra Plus w/primer

  9. Lovvvve those doors. What a difference paint can make.

  10. Well, that does it! I have been putting off repainting our front door for 2 years and I think seeing yours was just the nudge I needed to get to it! Thanks for the inspiration and you guys did a fabulous job! Just beautiful!
    P.S. I'm a new follower!

  11. Hi Sheri! Happy Met Monday to you! Hope things are a little cooler for you down there in sunny beautiful Florida! :) What a huge transformation on those doors! Sooo much more welcoming! And that hardware is just the jewelry they needed. Love it! I can hardly wait to see what additional transformation you and hubby make on them.....!

    xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

  12. Wow! That is a statement entrance. I like the color you chose.

    It was great to hear that you enjoy the New River too. And yes, time slows.


  13. Looks great! I love a red door! Yes, hardware is difficult to pick and not cheap! I like the idea with the glass - never would have thought of that!

  14. Looks Great! I painted my front door red and has never regreted it!!!

  15. The red doors really give your home wonderful presence. Great choice!