Three and a half years ago, I painted our front door green.
Since then, I have received many positive comments about it; I have taken my profile pictures for the blog in front of it; I have taken three years of the first day of school and last day of school pictures with it; I even said I wanted to be buried with that green door.
Well, that’s not going to happen because a week ago, I decided to paint over the green door.
It all started when I innocently stopped by our local Sherwin Williams store to get some swatches for other areas I was planning on painting. By the way, Sherwin Williams paint colors are so true to the chip. Better than any other brands, in my opinion.
Anyway, I was in there and the helpful woman got my color swatches for me when I noticed it. The color. I needed that color in my life. It’s called Spicy Hue and is essentially”orange” only warmer.
I took it home and I knew immediately where I wanted to paint my new color: on the front door.
Then I went to Pinterest and typed in Spicy Hue Sherwin Williams and found this:
Isn’t that yummy?
But the interior design “chic” who writes this blog called this color coral.
Ahem, NO. It is not coral. It is a burnt rusty orange-y color. Hello.
Needless to say, I fell in love with this color after I saw it on a door.
That looked nothing like my door.
But still, I felt like we needed a change. Call it the cooler temperatures that started to appear the week I found this, call it needing to spruce up a door that sees a lot of sun exposure, call it I can’t ever be happy with something so let’s mess it up.
All I know is I needed a change.
And so did Buddy.
By the way, excuse the iPhone photography but apparently when one gets into a “painting frenzy”, one gets too lazy to pull out the damn Canon camera with the big girl lenses.
Yes, I have written a blog for over six years, why do you ask?
I sat and stared at my green door for a good ten minutes with a paintbrush in hand.
Until I just did it. This broke my heart a little.
I adored that green color and I honestly have no logical reason about why I would get rid of it. A few months ago, I noticed that the previous paint was starting to show through the green and thought I would need to touch it up.
See, normal people would just go out and get a sample size paint container and find the color swatch and make the touch-up.
I, however, have never been and will never be normal.
Bye-bye Paradise Green. You were very good to us.
I posted the above picture on Instagram and the color looked a little more orange than I wanted it.
That is the deal with paint color: it doesn’t usually look right after one coat so do not judge it until you’re finished.
Just about right. This color is magical to me because it looks different at different times of the day. I took the above picture around 3’o clock in the afternoon.
This is at 8’o clock in the morning:
In the above, it almost looks like my original door color which made me a little sad.
Shiver. I hated this door color. Let’s try another picture of the new one.
What you will need to paint a door:
- a paint color (here are two suggestions: Paradise Green and Spicy Hue by Sherwin Williams)
- small foam roller brushes. It is so much easier and faster to use a roller brush on your doors. It also looks smoother.
- you will also need small foam brushes as well to get the corners or hard to reach places.
- garbage bags or drop cloth for the floor (here is a tip- take a kitchen garbage bag, rip in half at the seam and place under the door. No need to buy an extra drop cloth that you have to store.)
- Clorox wipes or just a wet paper towel (to wipe any mistakes).
– paint (I used Behr exterior paint and primer in one. Always get paint and primer in one so you can skip a step).
- snacks because painting makes you hungry (AND it is exercise! I gained 4 Weight Watchers points for 90 minutes of painting!)