The Difference Some Color Makes: (and a New Front Door)

The Difference Some Color Makes: (and a New Front Door)
I thought this submission was timely considering the post I wrote about curb appeal just a few days ago! 
Saturday morning, I woke up and decided to paint the front door.  I kinda envisioned getting it painted that day, but deciding on a color took an entire day.  I have been pinning yellow doors like crazy lately because I think they look so cheerful, but once I got the swatches up, I just wasn’t feeling it.  And then I told Chris, “I know that I want green.”  The top one on the right is called Lemongrass by Behr and I thought it looked great with the gray brick, but I started worrying that it would be lost with all of our green shrubs.  So, I declared once more that I definitely wanted a red door.  Specifically the red right underLemongrass, Bijou Red.  Red is classic.  Red definitely doesn’t blend in, and if you didn’t know it–I am a total sucker for red.
Earlier this week, you learned that we bought a new door and Monday night I got to work.  I thought I would be done by the time the Bachelorette was over–wrong. 


After two coats, it looked like this, and I settled in for the long haul.  The long haul being 11 coats of high gloss paint in Bijou Red.  And although I got frustrated and shed a few tears along the way, I honestly couldn’t be happier with the results.  Let’s check out some befores and afters:


 What a difference, right?  Gah!  We love it.  And an added bonus that we didn’t even think about was the extra light we gained indoors:

So my advice to anyone with a white/boring/dull front door–why not paint it?  If you are going to use high gloss paint, leave 90 minutes in between coats at least.  If you are itching for a red front door (how could you not?) plan on lots of coats–but also count on a big pay off. 

Speaking of pay, this whole project definitely cost more than we anticipated because we bought a new front door, but here’s the rundown just in case you are planning on tackling your own door soon:

Front door: $197
1 quart of high gloss exterior Behr paint in Bijou Red: $12
4 new house numbers: $5.99 each
(these first three items I had a 10% off coupon for–score!)
New doormat: $6.97

Grand total: $200.47 (plus tax)

…and worth every penny in my opinion.  What do YOU think? 

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