Ever since we moved into the Retro Ranch, I haven’t been the biggest fan of the front door. Don’t get me wrong, it is a really nice (wood) door, but it isn’t really my style. I don’t mind the wood on the inside of the door, but the wood on the outside of the door doesn’t match the house at all in my opinion. So this weekend, I made a change.
First I removed the glass panels on either side of the door. They were for protecting the wood, but since I am going to paint the panels, I think the door will be fine without them.
Then I lightly sanded the entire door and wiped it off with a TSP and water mixture to prep the surface for paint.
After that, I primed all of the wood. At this point some of the neighbors were starting to wonder what color I was going to paint the door.
While the primer dried, I masked off the door bell cover so I could freshen it up with a quick shot of spray paint.
It looked like it had seen better days…
…but with a quick shot of silver metallic spay paint, the doorbell button was as good as new. (Oh and if you look closely at the above photo, you can see what color I chose for the door!)
The door color is called Aloe. I chose an aqua color because the house’s siding is reddish and green is red’s complimentary color. I thought that if I painted the door a sagey green, the house would look way too traditional. I am not a huge fan of the “red” color of the house anyway, so I was trying to look for a more fun color, thus the greenish blue color I decided on.
I painted the rest of the trim the color of the trim on the new windows, because eventually, we will have new windows with that color trim on the front of the house as well. I took the piece of trim that the window guy gave me to my local paint store and had it color matched. I am also thinking about spray painting the storm door the color of the trim (I found spray paint that is very close) but I am not sure if that will help or not.
At least the doorbell turned out nicely!
Above is a close up of the three colors together. I am just not sure if I like it. Could it be because:
- The storm door doesn’t match
- I don’t really like the “barn red” house color so I am not loving a color I do like (Aloe) with a color I don’t like
- I am not sure if the side panels on either side of the door should be the same color as the door or not
- Maybe I am just not used to the change yet?
What do you think Leo?
Leo you are no help!
What do you guys think? Did I pick a color that just doesn’t match? Do I need to go with a traditional green until I repaint the rest of the house (many years down the road from now) or do you think I just need to get used to it for a while before I panic? Help! What’s your paint of view?