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.