One of the first projects I tackled when we moved in was taking our front door from a blank, white slate to a super bright Kelly Green color. I’ve shared this story before, but I painted it just a couple of weeks before Halloween, and our neighbors asked if we were doing that “thing from Pinterest where we made our door look like Frankenstein.” We weren’t…I was just really digging the green color I had seen trending around (I was just ahead of Pantone who announced Emerald Green as their color of the year just a month after I painted my door pretty much the same color).
For over 18 months, the green door has been an iconic staple of our house. Whenever we give people directions, we’d say, “just look for the bright green door!” but now no one will be able to find our house because I started getting tired of the green and wanting a new fresh color. Maybe the entryway makeover made me long for something different. Who knows. Either way I decided to find a new color.
Have you all ever wondered how to pick the perfect color for your front door? Me too! Here’s how I do! I started by picking up a bunch of swatches at Home Depot that caught my eye.
Once I got home and was standing in front of my house there were already 3 or 4 colors I didn’t like, so I set them aside. I then took the remaining color taped them up to the door to start the process of narrowing them down.
I asked Scott his favorite, and he basically said it was up to me. So I asked him if there were any he hated and he knocked a few out of the running.
At that point I just looked at how each color coordinated with our brick and tried the color both in and outside of the screen door, just to make sure it went well either way. I also made sure to look at everything close up as well as the street view. I did all this the same day we planted the Southern Living plants, so that’s why there are plants and dirt everywhere. 😉
No surprise, Martha Stewart (the 4th swatch from the bottom) was the winner. Always. 🙂 I went with her Sea Glass color and had Home Depot make a quart of external paint for me.
Scott then was kind enough to remove the door hardware for me. We’ve painted enough doors to know that it’s absolutely worth the extra step to take all the hardware off—it leads to a move even paint job with out visible brush strokes. Plus, you don’t have to tape stuff off, so that’s always nice.
After removing the hardware, he lightly sanded the door to give the paint something to cling to.
Then I got to work. I used a roller on the door and a brush to cut in the corners of the panels.
The first coat of paint is always rough. Things look questionable, the color seems off, I regret my choices. Like here…why does this paint look so white? I kept on going though.
Usually by the second coat I am happy with my choice again. 🙂
It took me three coats to do this door. Almost the entire quart! It was therapeutic though—it was raining and I got to listen to the rain and watch people drive by as I was painting. Luckily it stopped raining just enough for me to snap these photos after the paint dried.
I am absolutely smitten with our new color! It makes our whole house seem more modern and more welcoming somehow. Also, please note that our grass is growing back and all our plants are alive and growing. YAY. What do you all think? Are you on Team Green with Envy or Team Minty Cool? I have to go Team Mint all the way….kind of ready to end the era of the green front door. 🙂 What color door do you all have?