Go Bold or Go Home

Congratulations Jamie!!!!  You guessed it and you’re ten points richer courtesy of my imagination.  Our front door is now a bright and bold orangey-red or reddish-orange…oraned, reorange, oranged…you know, I thought since gray + beige = greige and Angelina + Brad = Brangelina, I could surely make something work with orange and red but no-go me is thinking.  Back on the color track though, our newly painted front door:
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Redange?  Hand slice to the neck Sheena.  Okay, sorry.

The door, the door, oh yes…the door.  Before it was a nice navy but a bubbly navy.  For some reason the navy paint had bubbled and I hadn’t noticed just how bad it was until I went to prep it for paint.  Look:
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The decorative moldings were the bubbliest and simultaneously the worst/hardest parts to sand which was just great.  More on that later.

So, I mentioned in the previous post that when I got the hankering to paint the front door it was because I had to have a bright orared (?) door.  So began the month long process of finding that perfect red with a hint of orange.  It had to be bright, not dull and not muted but not screaming ‘Nickelodeon’ either.  After grabbing a few swatches at Lowe’s one day, I taped them up and left them there for a month so that I could see them in every light God said “Let there be light” to that there ever was…
After much deliberation, the top swatch won out.  Until, that is, I went to Home Depot to get the paint mixed (had a gift card I wanted to use) and out of the sea of reds was thee color I had been looking for all along.  It’s called Red Hot by Behr.  I didn’t even take a swatch home to make sure.  I got it mixed right then and there.

So, itching to get that paint color on our door, I started the process of prepping it.  Here’s where I almost lost my sanity and definitely threw out my trait of perfectionism.  My plan was to lightly sand the areas that weren’t that bubbly and really sand the areas that were, like the moldings.  We had a spray can of stripper in our possession that I thought would help that process go a lot faster.  Let it be known that I also thought that the decorative moldings on our door were wood moldings.  Wrong and wrong.  They’re fiberglass.  Fiberglass and stripper don’t mix, in fact, stripper eats fiberglass and fiberglass dies.  Or maybe it just can’t put up a fight so it just boils in the stripper’s wake.  Either way, I totally ruined one corner of one of the decorative moldings because of this critical info I didn’t know.  I didn’t know how to fix it so I just painted over it and painted over my perfectionism as well.  You can see the damage here:photo 1 (7)The moral of the story:  paint stripper is tough stuff.  Make sure you know what you’re stripping before you use it.
Back to the prep though.  I learned my lesson, put away the stripper, and forged on in the old-fashioned way – my hand, a piece of medium-grit sandpaper, and a narrow, metal putty knife.  It took me literally three hours to get to this point:photo (7)
A.k.a. not very far.  And it took another two to finally get to the point where I could call it sanded and begin painting.  Still, I didn’t sand the door down to the metal and it’s not the smoothest door I’ve ever seen but I’m hoping the bright color detracts from the imperfection?  Tell me it does, please…

Next up, paint.  I dedicated an entire day to painting the door (two Saturday’s ago while Anthony was home to entertain the tots) and opted to paint it while it was open so I could get it all done in one foul swoop.  So, I taped off the doorway with some painters’ plastic to keep the great outdoors at bay…
photo 3 (4)taped off the window glass to keep rogue paint at bay…photo 1 (4)and used our sofa to keep curious toddlers at bay.

Then, because of all the dings I made while scraping off paint with my metal scraper in too big of a hurry, I filled in those little dents with some spackle, let it dry, and sanded it smooth.
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Finally, as you may have spotted via Instagram, I had a nice, long, much needed session with my therapist:
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She and I went to town priming the door with some gray-tinted Kilz we had left over from painting the dining room in our first house and it felt glorious.  (P.S.  I love my Wooster paintbrushes!  I’ve had this particular one for five years now and she’s still going strong!  However, I wash my brushes right after painting and take really good care of them so I know that plays into it but still, Wooster’s are awesome!)

Enter my second, maybe third helping of frustration involved with this project.  I mean, seriously, all I wanted to do was paint our front door – a 24 square foot space!  That is, it took me four coats of paint!  I expected one maybe two.  But four?  Ain’t nobody with three kids under two got time fo dat!
[Oops, didn’t get a ‘1 coat’…must’ve been busy face palming.]
I’m blaming it on the paint.  This is my first time using Behr paint and compared to my normal go-to’s (Olympic and Valspar) it was so thick.  I used exterior paint so I imagined it’d be a little thicker than the interior stuff but sometimes it felt like I was painting on layers of Elmer’s glue.  So annoying.  Anyone have else experience with exterior Behr?

So, like I said, four stinkin’ coats and I was done.  The door could probably use another but I’m probably the only one who notices and it’s probably my perfectionism slinking back in and talking.  One thing I did that I love is paint the inside edge of the door.
I love that little surprise that awaits just by cracking the door open.  I’m tempted to go around and paint the inside edges of all the doors in our house now…  :)

I also took the opportunity to spruce up the door hardware by giving it all a coat of oil-rubbed bronze spray paint.  After Anthony took everything off the door for me, I first sanded the hardware down just a tad and then I wiped it all off with some liquid deglosser I had left over from our little kitchen overhaul.
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After I taped off all the areas I thought paint shouldn’t touch, I gave all the pieces a thin coat of primer (Rustoleum Clean Metal Primer) and a few thin coats of oil-rubbed bronze (Krylon).
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They turned out awesome!  I’m hoping they hold up and I’ll be sure to keep you posted!

But back to the door itself, I really want to paint the inside now too.  The only thing stopping me right now is the fact that I’m not a huge fan of the taupe wall color plus the oragned…yet.  I whipped this up in Pixlr just to get an idea of what it’d look like:
Should I or should I just stick with the white?

While I was at it in Pixlr, I also did a little pretending with my ideal front door.  IMG_4671I like our front door but I’d love more light to come through it by way of a larger glass area.  But right now it’s just a dream.  We actually spotted a glass door just like this at ReStore last year and I really, really, really wanted to get it but it was $120 that we didn’t have to spend on a door at the moment so it’ll be forever ingrained in my mind as the door that got away.  :( 

I could go on and on with tangents here and there but I’ll stop now.  In summary, I painted our front door and I love it and that’s it.  I’m also planning on painting the other outside doors on our house but those posts will come another day.  :)

So, have you ever painted an entry door?  Was it a rough experience like mine or was it easy peasy?  More importantly though, what color did you use?!  Bright and bold or cool and laid back?
[Love is an open doooooorrr…so sorry, I had to.]


  1. It looks great!! Definitely worth all the work. :)

  2. Looks great!! Way better than the gray I love ;) so bold and cheery, but not overly in your face!

  3. I learned the art of painting a Red the hard way as well (in art school). It's actually the color, and not the brand. No matter what, anything you paint red will take at least 4 coats to look smooth. Ergo, I never paint red anymore because ANNOYYYING. I feel your pain. But it looks great now!

    1. Oh! No way! So good to know...filing that one away for my next red inkling! Thanks Kelly!

  4. I love the color! I guessed yellow, until I went over to your friend's blog and saw her yellow and knew you wouldn't do the same. It's about the shade half of my kitchen is, which I'm changing, only because I don't like it with all of the wood. (The hubby doesn't like painted wood.) In our last house I painted the front door and I got HUGE bubbles on part of it. Obviously I didn't prep it correctly. So frustrating, but now I know better. I don't think I used primer or anything first. No bueno. That was an old wood door which I painted a conservative burgundy. This time I painted our steel door from a hunter green that the previous owner used to a bright blue and love it. It's inbetween a turquoise and a peacock blue which is my fav. I agree with Kelly. I used BM in my kitchen, first using a gray primer and it still took four coats. Ugh! Can't believe I'm repainting after that hard work just three years ago, but alas I am some time this or next year. I also painted some kid's furniture a bright red (Glidden), first using gray primer and that took 3 or 4 coats, too (can't remember which).

    1. Oh I toyed with the yellow for awhile, even though Dan and Lauren's door was yellow. So hard to pick colors, no? You probably have already figured this out but I bet your old door bubbled because maybe you painted latex over oil-based? Who knows. Sometimes paint problems are for the birds... ;)
      I LOVE that you painted your door blue! Do you have pictures anywhere? Part of me really, really wanted a blue front door...maybe next time.

    2. Even if I knew how to atch a picture here, I wouldn't bother because blue is really finicky when photographed, or at least by me, ha. Anyway, the shade didn't come across accurately when I've tried. As for the old door, that could be the case, too, as I don't know what type of paint was there previously. I do love it, though and since it's greatly shaded by the roof overhand for kind of a porch, it helps it to stand out more, even with a storm door. :)

  5. Oh! Love your new door! That orangey red is one of my fav colors and I think it would look awesome on the inside too. :)

  6. It looks fabulous!! Definitely was my favorite out of all the choices :) I kinda like it on the inside too!

    1. Thanks Jamie! So I totally misspelled your name in the post! Fixed it! Sorry! :)

  7. GAH!!! It is so happy!! And hopefully worth all. the. coats. A certain door in our old house and I had the same round after round of painting too but in the end it was worth it. You landed on the PERFECT shade of redorange. I love that little peak of color on the edges too!

  8. I love it, love it, LOVE it! I never would have thought of that color, but it's seriously perfect.

    1. Thanks Mandolyn! Now to see your door... :)

  9. I can. not. believe. you mixed the paint without going home to check it! How bold! How daring! I don't think I could live on that edge.

    1. It's an edge I rarely peer over the edge of, let me tell ya.