Last Updated on February 26, 2013 by Kristi Linauer
Well, I did it. I went and painted my front door a color other than white.
But let me start at the beginning. For two years now, my front door has had nothing but a coat of primer on it. Have you seen what happens to primer, especially in high traffic areas? It gets dirty. Really dirty. Primer has a very flat porous finish, which makes it great for sucking up paint, but also makes it great for sucking up dirt if it’s not topcoated with paint.
So after two years, my poor door was looking rather pitiful.
So off to Home Depot I went. I knew I wanted orange, but picking a shade of orange was quite challenging. I thought I had found the perfect one called Vintage Orange. It looked like a soft, pretty orange…not too harsh. (Okay, I know orange isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I happen to love it.)
Vintage Orange was a bust. What looked soft and creamy in Home Depot looked harsh and neon on my door.
Being cheap like I am, and not wanting to go back to Home Depot and spend more money, I decided to try to fix the paint myself. I started by mixing a bit of black, which just made it dull and muddy looking, and even gave it a very slight greenish undertone. Definitely NOT what I had in mind. I knew that it needed some red, so after rummaging a bit more, I found some pinkish red left over from the original pet station project. So with these three colors, I was determined to make it work.
And somehow, by some miracle, it worked! I actually ended up with the exact orange that I had in my mind from the beginning.
I was definitely nervous painting my door orange. In my mind, I had visions of people pointing and laughing, word spreading through the blogosphere about this insane blogger who at one time had pretty good taste, but now had clearly lost her mind.
But now, I’m so glad I did it, because I absolutely love it.
After all, life is too short to always make safe decisions, right?
(And yes, that’s yet another strip of flooring that needs to be finished. Uugghh!!)
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