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…
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!
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 Goodbye giant tree-sized bushes, goodbye garage door, light fixtures, house numbers, and outdated shutters that you can’t even see behind the enormous landscaping.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