We have successfully moved into our new house! The move was quick and easy but now that I’m here I’m a little overwhelmed with the amount of projects that face me in the upcoming months (probably years). One of the first things I couldn’t live with was our awful mauve front door. It’s red on the outside, which looks great but years ago someone decided it would be a good idea to paint it 80′s mauve.
I was in such a hurry to cover it up that I didn’t get a great before picture but here’s a picture from the listing.
I wanted something different, not just plain ol’ black or white which got me thinking, what would be some unique front door colors that would go with the furniture I already have in my house? AND I was thinking, since there aren’t any walls in our living room (aka nowhere to put cool furniture pieces) what if I made the door LOOK like a piece of furniture!? So here are the colors I came up with.
I was torn between 2 paint colors Cabintetmaker’s Blue by Old Village Paints and Destin Gulf Green by CeCe Caldwell’s Paints (chalk paint) so I decided to mix the two.
I really wanted the teal of the Destin Gulf Green so I did 3/4 chalk paint and 1/4 Cabinetmaker’s Blue, which mellowed out the teal and made it not so bright.
Here’s what the door looked like in the process. My new daughter, we’ll call her B for safety reasons (read the story here), helped me paint the door, we were both happy to see the mauve disappear, in fact we couldn’t paint fast enough!
The next day, I went to a local antique shop and bought some American Paint Company Dark Wax to give the door a little bit of that antiqued look. My goal was to make the front door look like a piece of furniture, rather than just a front door.
I also painted the trim around the door bright white (Valspar paint+primer, semi-gloss, right off the shelf) to frame the door nicely. It was a HUGE improvement from the mauve trim. I think the overall makeover was a huge success and I’m glad I went with the unique colors for the front door because it’s a conversation piece now, not just a front door!
Eventually all the walls will be the gray color but for now I just painted around the door to give me an idea of what it will look like. I cropped this picture down so you can see what the finished project will look like.
Isn’t it beautiful!? I absolutely love the color, I love the light antiquing and I love the gray! I can’t wait to get back from Atlanta, from the Haven Conference, so I can paint some more!!