May 29, 2012

Shut the Front Door

We finished painting the front door! We showed a preview with one coat of primer but man, does color make such a difference. The shade of yellow, more of a mustard, is Allen & Roth’s Santa Monica Blvd. Usually I’m a stickler about the paint brand I use (mostly just Sherwin Williams) but we decided to venture outside the box and try Valspar from Lowe’s. It got the job done in two coats layered on top of the already applied primer, not so bad for a yellow which have terrible coverage in general. Usually for a door sheen we would have gone with a semi-gloss, but I was a little afraid that such a glare might skew the color, so we stuck with a satin. It looks fantastic in person.

Just in case anyone forgot what we started with…

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We also added surrounding trim in a craftsman style that matches what we’ve done with the other doors throughout our home. I love how the bright yellow pops against the white interior trim and the dark hardware. Now we can finally add baseboards! We’re still playing around with exterior color scheme, so the trim may switch up, but the yellow is here to stay!

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Door. Hardware. Color.

Speaking of exterior. We have some serious work cut out for us. The backyard is in fairly good shape but the front… Mehhh. You could almost say that everything but the brick has to go. Goodbye giant tree-sized bushes, goodbye garage door, light fixtures, house numbers, and outdated shutters that you can’t even see behind the enormous landscaping. Hello paint, paint, and more paint. Possibly repaving of the driveway? Extending the porch slightly? All in good time,

For now, the door is the perfect update. It may look a little out of place on a 1950’s rancher but we’re hoping to tie it in with the rest of the architecture as we slowly bring in updates for the facade. Here’s to plenty of busy weekends in our future :)

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20 thoughts on “Shut the Front Door

  1. Dawn

    What a transformation! My front door is painted black – but with your example, I may paint it a bright color to give it some pop! Thanks for the inspration…

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      I say go for it, Dawn! It’s just paint, you can always paint it back if all else fails.

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Thanks Kelly! I think the hardware is just the perfect piece of jewelry for the door :) xo

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  2. noreen

    hello jessie! i’m in byw, too, and also live in cincinnati! i have friends in australia and sweden, but i’m very happy to finally be ‘meeting’ a cincinnati blogger! i’m a montessori teacher, busy with grade cards and summer homework right now. soon i’ll be able to focus on blogging more.

    your door looks awesome!

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Thanks Noreen!
      I’m so excited to get started in byw and meet some locals that share some of my same passions. I’m hoping that this class really starts to open up new doors for us. Thanks for checking out my blog! I’ll be looking to see more from you this summer :)

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Haha, well you wouldn’t be the first one to tell me that. Too bad we couldn’t keep ours. It was in terrible condition.
      Jessie

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  4. april

    hi!! so I have the exact same Craftsman door, but in a wood color. I love hanging stuff on my front door, but find it hard with the shelf, which is somewhat narrow. have you hung anything on yours?? any ideas?? thanks! april

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Good question April! We actually haven’t tried to hang anything on the door just yet.. I guess I prefer a more minimalist look? You could try hanging decor from the shelf itself? Like a decorative wreath.. I’ve seen this before, with the wreath hanging much lower than traditional height. Wish I could be more helpful!

      xo,
      Jessie

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  5. Cynthia

    Hi, I was wondering if you knew the exact trim you used for the door. I really like it and am thinking of doing that to my entry door. Any specifics you have would be great!!

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    1. amanda

      I’m also searching out that door! But a ‘source 4 doors’ google search reveals nothing, sadly. It’s such a beautiful door, I’d love to know the brand.

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