Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Evolution of a Door.

If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, you may have seen this photo on the weekend.

It was my little pet project for the day on Sunday. While I was working away on it, I thought about how my old front door has evolved since I bought this house. I remember some of my family insisting that it should really be replaced since we have such harsh winters here in PEI and it could be drafty. I, however, found it charming and wanted to keep it so I settled for a little weather stripping and called it a day.

It originally had a black stain that had faded badly so I decided to spruce it up with a bit of green paint. Some were unsure about the color (my mom) at first but it grew on most people (again my mom:) and became a popular pin on Pinterest. I actually came to love it. Green is not a color I use often on the inside of my home but I love the surprising pop it provided on the outside.

Then, I got bored of it. With some paint leftover from my peacock blue cabinet I decided to give the door a makeover. Big mistake. It was too dark and there wasn't enough contrast between the door and trim. Fail.

A few weeks later, after seeing a photo as inspiration, I got the notion that it had to be a blue grey just like Caitlin Creer's front door. Off I went again for the second time that month with my trusty paint brush. Yet, this time I still didn't get it right! It came off a bit garage floor-ish.

However, at this point it was Fall. I was back to work and busy. Repainting it would have to wait for next summer. Well folks that time is here and I had this to contend with. Bubbles? Why? I used the same paint I'd been using all along..?

Nevertheless, it needed to come off. I stared peeling and scraping and a few hours later my door now looks like this. We are considering sanding it down and adding a stain and varnish. Or perhaps a new color? I don't know if there is a front door in the blogosphere that has gotten so many of its own posts!


  1. Hi,

    I just loved your green door, so cheerful to come home to a punch of colour at the end of the day.

    I'm curious to see what you decide I have seen a few bright yellows on line recently which just made me smile.

    It might be hard to paint over varnish if you want to change the finish in the future.


    Margo on Vancouver Island

  2. Whew so many transformations!! Our of all the colors you've painted your front door, I'm loving the green the most..we recently painted our front door a shade of Chartreuse - after having a traditional red front door for awhile...love the change we did.

    Looking forward to seeing what color you end up going with or staining!

  3. I really liked the green! Can't wait to see it's next outfit change!

  4. Glad I'm not the only one that can't make decisions sometimes! I love them all :p

  5. Interested to see what color you go with next. Change is good! and Fun! The green is my favorite so far. I recently did a post of great front doors of the blogosphere - had I seen yours I would have included it for best use of green :)


  6. I love the idea of keeping it natural. I'm a sucker for wood doors!

  7. I love this...it's nice to be reminded that other people try things out, either tire of it or aren't totally in love with it, and then try again. ;)

  8. Great transformation of the door. That was inspiring

  9. Hey Jane! Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my painting and for following my blog! We Canadians need to stick together :) Following you back now as well. I vote Tiffany blue for the front door. If you type 'Tiffany Blue Door' into Pinterest you will see what I mean! It's gorgeous and think it would suit your adorable house well!

    Be sure to enter my giveaway for a silk sleep mask! xo

  10. Honestly I loved both the green and the blue, but I think Tiffany's suggestion of Tiffany Blue would be smashing or even a citron. {www.thepinkzipper.blogspot.ca}


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