Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The painted front door...part two

Hello.  I hope you all had a nice long weekend.  We did some barbecuing, played outside and shopped for exterior lights.  I also started painting a small dresser for my Aunt who is waiting oh so patiently.  Today is a beautiful day and it looks like the windows will be open all week.  I love having fresh air blowing through the house don't you?

The front door is painted and dry.  I ended up putting just one more coat of the new color on.  I used Benjamin Moore's Aura exterior in black.  That paint is awesome.


Below is a picture of the door painted BM Black Jack, remember I thought it looked a bit bluish?  I'm scrolling up and down and don't see much of a difference in these pictures.  In person it does look darker and I'm happy with the way it turned out.  I used a low lustre finish so I think that makes a difference in the way the color came out.


Now let's talk about storm doors.  I found out that a door that gets more than a couple hours of direct sun and is painted a dark color is not a good combination for a storm door.  The glass will trap too much heat against the entry door and could damage it. 


For the first time we took the glass out and added the screen so my new paint job will last.  I've never liked the way the storm door looks and I'm thinking about removing it.  


Much better this way don't you think?  If we lived in a mild climate I wouldn't even have to think about it but our winters can be harsh and long and I wonder how efficient the wood door alone would be.  Anyone out there have a wood door without a storm door?  I would hate to have us freeze just for aesthetics. :)

I can't wait to see how the door looks with the new siding and will share pictures once things get started.

23 comments:

  1. it looks awesome! i hate the way storm doors look, but i love to have them in the spring and fall so i can let more air in. but i am with you on the look!

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  2. Looks fabulous!...Hard to say about the storm door..we just have to deal with MOISTURE here!...surely there is a compromise between looks and efficiency!
    Wonderful Job tho!

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  3. The door is beautiful!! You did a great job, inside and out.

    For a long time we didn't have a storm door as we thought the lake wind would blow it off. Finally we went ahead and got one and now I like the light that comes in the foyer and the breeze. But I'm with you on the classic look of no storm door. I think you will be happy.

    XO,
    Janie

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  4. When I was a kid, my parents took off the storm door in the summer, and put it back on every winter. I'm not sure if you're up for the added work, but it worked for them.

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  5. When we put in our new black front door, I too debated on whether to remove the storm door or not. And then I remembered I lived in Toronto and the few seconds the storm door affords you while you're fiddling with your keys is enough reason to keep it in. Your door looks great with or without it.

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  6. It is just crazy that I found this post today...we are considering removing our storm door as well. I'll be back to see what others have done!

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  7. I know my mil in Michigan has always had storm doors, but changes out to screens in late spring/summer. We have covered porch here, and we don't get quite the extreme in the elements so we have never had one.

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  8. I have a storm door and it does bake the front door. For this reason, my front door is in need of a paint job.

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  9. Have to have that storm door in place. My blue wood door is not always as sharp when seen through it but the storm door is necessary, unfortunately. I even have a mesh door for calmer weather but do not swap them around enough. Your door looks great!

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  10. How pretty is your door? I love the panels and glass - it's really nice. I love keeping my front door open and having the light come in through the window of the storm door, or the breeze through the screen. Makes it worth the unattractiveness of it I think!

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  11. ME!!!! I live in Boston without a storm door...and our front door is a French Door to boot! This is not an old house, it is a pre-fab from Canada, and you know what, we have never thought we needed to add one. I have lived in 6 other houses before this, and all had storm doors, but they all were older homes, so if your door is new and pretty tight, go for it! The door looks great naked!!

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  12. Storm door what? :)

    I love your black door. Looks fabulous - can't wait to see how the rest of the exterior comes along!

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  13. Love your newly painted door! I have a storm door too which I'm not real fond of how it looks but I do enjoy opening my door and gaining the extra light.

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  14. Your door looks great Londen! We had a storm door just like that when we moved in and removed it never to return.

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  15. looks gorgeous. I have to have a storm door just because we like to leave the front door open just to see outside and have the natural light.

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  16. WOW..the door is great! Makes me want to paint all of mine black!

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  17. I LOVE your door, we painted out metal prefab door a dark grey with rustoleums oil paint for metal doors well we also took off the gorgeous (sic) overhang that the midwest is known for and with our glass storm door getting the strongest sun our door was burning to the touch. We couldn't even touch it without getting burned. It was so hot that it warped the window trim in the window. I dont know if this will happen again but where can I get a door like yours.

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  18. At first glance, I also thought your front door was blue! Anyway, you can always change your door if you don’t want it like that. By the way, it’s been a year already, did you change your door?

    -Isaac Andre

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  19. The black door beautifully pops out of the dominant white exterior of your home. I can’t believe that this is just one coat. It looks like you coated it 3 times. Well done! Anyway, what color do you plan to match your new door with? I’d love to see it.

    >Maricela Milum

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  20. If your black door is often mistaken as a blue one, then how about my door? I painted it blue but it looks like black in the morning! Isn’t that funny?! By the way, if you can change your storm door, what door are you planning to install?

    -Willene Fagen

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  21. If your black door is often mistaken as a blue one, then how about my door? I painted it blue but it looks like black in the morning! Isn’t that funny?! By the way, if you can change your storm door, what door are you planning to install?

    -Willene Fagen

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