Colorful Doors

25 Aug

So I can be kind of lame sometimes and not get things done as quickly as I want to.  I posted the Pinterest challenge a while ago with the hopes of completing a DIY project from my Pinterest boards. Let’s be kind and just say the deadline slipped by, shall we?  Not only am I messy, but apparently also a procrastinator. At least I’m a nice person, right?

I finally did it. And all it took was that awesome Yolo paint and the cool colors that inspired me. I like to browse the internet for mid-century modern ideas during which I visit various home decorating and DIY sites. I love the idea of front doors painted in thoughtful colors:  the traditional red and the whimsical yellow (done by my blogging and DIY heroes at Young House Love), even a hot pink version. I even saw the inside of a front door painted daffodil yellow too.

Then I saw it. My inspiration. I have noticed (and likely so have you) that I have an orange and green problem. I may need a color 12 step program. Alas there isn’t one and in the meantime, I indulge my cravings, of which we seem to have daily proof. The image that stopped me short was the inside of a front door painted a lovely bold green. Not Kelly green.  Not forest green. Not lime green. But the perfect celadon-almost-avocado-don’t-really-know-what-to-call-it-green.  All I could think was…I must do this right now.  Right bloody now.

And I did.  At least the first coat. There were some areas on the door that had been scratched up and peeled by the previous owner’s dog. I sanded those down and did a test patch. Paint stuck well, no need for primer or Gripper. I went to work. I taped up the window, the lock and door handle with Frog Tape and started painting. Straight away I knew this was a good move. I also knew I had a home for one of my favorite pieces of artwork, a Parvez Taj piece of Jin, an incarnation of Shiva, using film and UV ink on a stretched canvas.

Maeve offered to do the second coat and I let her, as I was busy arranging other photographs (for a future post!) and she did an excellent job. Now when you enter our home, you have a green door behind you and a green wall before you with Jin in between.  I couldn’t be happier with the results.

While this door isn’t exactly mid-century modern, I have to say we’ve made it fit right in to our lovely home. Someday, we will have a more MCM door, maybe something using one of these kits from Crestview Doors.  And what color should we paint the front part of the door?  Orange, of course!


6 Responses to “Colorful Doors”

  1. Keely August 29, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

    Major enthusiast of this page, plenty of your posts have truly helped me out. Looking towards updates!

  2. shelly gainan August 25, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    Everything you’re doing looks so great! My guess is that you’re love of green comes from the fact that you’re first crib and baby dresser were green and you’re love of orange comes from the fact that you were born on Halloween. (This is from my mom…if you can’t tell! -Brandy)

  3. Corina Montalvo August 25, 2011 at 7:28 am #

    Hi Brandy,
    I’ve been reading and enjoying your post. I love colored doors, yours looks great.

    • Brandy August 25, 2011 at 7:29 am #

      Thank you! It was nice to have a spur of the moment mini-project turn out so nice!


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