Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The front door... part one

Or maybe this is part three or four since I've been working on it everyday since Saturday.  We are waiting around for the new siding to come in so I thought this weekend would be a good time to give our front door some love.  We replaced a beat up steel door with a Douglas fir door that I stained years ago. 


There were ugly metal awnings above the door and windows that we took down about a second after we got the keys.  Mr. 65th added the molding and trim to cover the damage from taking the awning down and to beef up the entry a bit.  This will all be removed to add the portico. 


I didn't put enough coats of varnish on the door when I originally stained it and neglected to keep up on the maintenance so it wasn't looking very good lately.  Saturday I started out by giving the door a good sanding to remove any varnish so I could re-stain it with a richer color.  Things didn't go as planned though.  The picture above shows how it looked after I stained the two panels.  The stain was sticking to the bare spots and looked terrible.  I would need to strip the entire door down to bare wood in order to get even coverage again.


Going into this project I had a feeling it might not work out and that I might end up painting the exterior side of the door.  I was ok with this but I had to try to salvage it first.  Mr. 65th pointed out that most of the exterior pictures I have saved for inspiration had painted doors and not to feel guilty about it.  Good point. 


I used a tinted primer and started my first coat of black paint...so far so good.  Or so I thought.


Here it is as of this morning with two coats of paint.  I can still here myself telling Mr. 65th as I left for the paint store...."I'm off to find the perfect black color!"  Well guess what?  This is not the perfect black for this project.  I used Black Jack by Benjamin Moore.

It looks black from the street but inside it looks a bit navy blue or really dark gray.  Can you see what I mean in relation to the black frame?  I'm such a silly goose...I have no idea why I needed to get fancy with the color.  I went back to the paint store today and picked up more paint.  It's the perfect color called.... Black.  I'll be back with a few more pictures.

14 comments:

  1. maybe that wasn't the right black but black will look awesome with the light fixture and the door frame! can't wait to see it!

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  2. Oooh I love the painted door! Mr. 65th is right- go with what inspires you! And I'm sure the new color will look great- can't wait to see it!

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  3. I think it is going to look incredible!

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  4. I love a painted door...it is easy to change when you tire from it. And, I so get the "not the right black"...my hubby always says, "white is white"...ummm no!

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  5. I bet the black, the right black, looks spectacular. I love the trim above the door!

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  6. LOVE the painted door. I have no doubt that you will master the perfect shade of black. And then you can educate us! yipee!

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  7. all of your hard work will surely pay off and you'll love that black door! Can't wait to see the finished product. It looks great already!!

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  8. You are so cute about the black! It is looking great.

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  9. Don't feel bad about the black ... I did the exact same thing (and even used Black Jack!) on another painting project. The good news is that you'll probably just have to do one coat of black Black. I think the door will look great!

    By the way, you asked about the storm door situation. We don't have a storm door because one didn't come with the house and getting one made would be uber costly. That said, I really like not having a storm door because I just don't find them to be very attractive. I will say it's not the most energy efficient situation, especially in our old house. There are definitely a few drafts. I try to think of them as part of the "charm."

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  10. I love black front doors! So classic!

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  11. Hah! Why do we overthink things???? It is part of the disease, called decorating! I think BLACK will look just like....black! yay!

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  12. My front door has been so many colors ... I am thinking of going from red to navy. New paint is such a "boon" don't you think?!?!

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  13. Can't wait to see the finished product! It's looking great!

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