We actually have a brand new front door sitting in the garage. But it's a little too large and cutting it to size, cutting out the hardware holes, and routing out a space for the hinges just wasn't on my list of things I wanted to do. It was hard to let go of the 16 panels of light but so much easier to work with what we had.
I'm so in love, guys! It's bright and cheery and just seems to make the house smile. Here's a before and after from the street:
Obviously, once everything blooms things will be better. We still have to mulch the flower beds and stage the front porch. That includes staining the floor where it's been scratched up after not being sealed, adding a planter, new pillows, removing dead brush, power-washing the house, and giving the trim a fresh coat of paint. Still, it's come so far from when we first moved in:
We've managed to really bring the grass back from the brink of death. The renters let leaves sit on it for who knows how long and it had taken such a beating. Three years later and all our seeding and fertilizing has really paid off. Painting the shutters was a great decision too!
We used Valspar's Heirloom Red and I think it's the perfect amount of darkness and cheeriness.
It took about three coats but what took forever was removing the caulk around the window before I could get started. I totally underestimated that part of the project. I used a glossy black paint on the inside of the door. I really wanted white but with Charlie always putting his grimy paws on the door, I knew it would be impossible to keep clean.
Look at that face! And look at that killer hardware. I had my eye out for some cheap but gorgeous hardware for literally two years. On a trip to a Lowes that isn't the typical one I go to I decided to just check the section. I found this gorgeous set originally $180 on clearance for $89. I think I literally gasped and squealed simultaneously. And then held it tightly all the way to the check out line. It wasn't too hard to install considering I've only installed interior door knobs.
One thing I wasn't expecting was for the paint to make the brass inlay pop. Our storm door has brass too. If I was staying, I would do something about it, but since I'm not... I'm working with it.
Anyone paint their door a fun color? Does anyone else swoon over a bright door?