Anna goes back to college tomorrow and this week I’ve been sad about her leaving. By the end of next week, I will be good but this week is tough. My friend Rita said it best when she said, “it’s like a long, slow breakup.” It is like the first year she went away all over again. She has been my rock during all of this pandemic and I am so going to miss her.
First published June 4th, 2018
In 2013, we had a burgundy front door.
That looked like hell because 13 years of wear and tear will do that to a door. Or to a mom.
DID I SAY THAT OUT LOUD?
So I decided that I was going to paint it myself.
Our house color is boring white so I wanted a color that popped. I chose Paradise Green by Sherwin Williams because screaming green was going to be my bold statement to the outside world.
I feel like a front door color says a lot about its owner. Granted, most of the population could care less about the color of their front door. A small part of the population probably has no idea what color their front door even is.
Some people have different ways of expressing themselves, for me, it has been and probably always will be decorating.
When it’s not writing.
Back to the door, after painting it in 2013, I fell in love.
With a metal slab that is attached to the front of our home to keep intruders out.
After sharing this color with the world, I got lots of great comments. My friends on Facebook went WILD with the pictures I took in front of the green door. For years, my profile picture was always taken in front of my “signature” green door.
I HAD A “SIGNATURE” GREEN DOOR!
As good bloggers do.
Then in 2016, I decided that my green door needed a touch-up.
Probably because of all the “signature” green door pictures.
But instead of simply touching it up, I decided to go another way.
Enter Spicy Hue by Sherwin Williams.
Honestly, It broke my heart to paint it. Looking back, I have no idea what came over me. I loved the green, everyone loved the green, hell, even the teenager loved the green. Why? WHY?
It wasn’t like Spicy Hue was terrible but it had big shoes to fill.
Big Paradise Green shoes.
I rarely kept the door open with this orange color. With my friend Paradise Green, I kept it open every chance I got.
Then one day this spring, I had an epiphany: you can’t even notice our front door from the outside. Like, it wasn’t even there. Just a big Spicy Hue blank space.
That’s just sad.
I’ve said it before and I will say it forever, there’s nothing like a party to get your ass in gear as it pertains to your home.
Anna’s graduation party was looming and I had many other more important things to do but I did what I do best when I am stressed: do what’s not even remotely necessary.
I headed to Home Depot on a beautifully sunny day (which I could have spent working in the much-needed garden) and slapped the Paradise Green Sherwin Williams paint chip on the counter.
The lovely lady there tried to give me advice and I nicely said, “this isn’t my first painting rodeo”. to which she nodded knowingly.
I did take her recommendation about paint: oil based. The paint of our childhood. There is NOTHING low-VOC about this paint.
The pros? It doesn’t chip easily so longer wait in between paintings meaning it can last almost a decade without touchups. To which I snort-laughed out loud because the lovely paint lady had no idea who she was dealing with.
Three paint colors in five years, chicka. You can’t find this kind of nutso very often, bask in it.
The day I was painting, I had a house full of teenagers. Brag moment- my daughter and her friends are spectacular; I love them so much. To mom’s of early teenagers- it gets better. SO much better, trust me.
So while painting the toxic Paradise Green door, these beautiful teenagers were in and out of the house. Comments like, “aww the green door is back!”, and “the green door reminds me of freshman year!” as well as, “I love that smell” echoed throughout the house.
I love that smell too. It smells like 1984. When paint used to be toxic. Ahh, the good old days.
This job calls for our big old 1984-inspired box fan to get the fumes to die down a bit because it was becoming a little hard to breathe.
The negative with oil based paint? It takes forever to dry. I started painting this at 11 in the morning and it wasn’t fully dry until evening the following day.
The positive with oil based paint? You will only need one coat even without primer.
The lovely Home Depot lady tried to upsell me on primer before she found out that I was a painting your front door veteran.
Amazing what a good green door can do for your soul.
It’s like it’s 2013 in here all over again.
I can’t turn back the clock however hard I wish and try, but at least my front door is the right color again.