I have been wanting to do something with our front door for quite a while. There was nothing wrong with it. Just a bit boring. Black to match the shutters. And in our neighborhood there are several houses with tan siding, black shutters, and black doors.
Originally, I thought red. But a red door would be lost next to the red brick and it would be quite hard to find the right shade. The same with blue or green. So I talked to Mom and Dad, and they suggested yellow. I thought, perfect! No one else has yellow and it is such a cheery color.
When Mom and Dad were here, last week I picked up a few paint chips at ACE. I taped them to the front door and Mom and I stood back to see which looked best and picked a shade that wasn't too orange. I didn't want something that would clash with the red bricks. I also searched Pinterest for yellow doors to get some ideas. I found that most of the yellow doors had dark door knobs and white sidelites. So that is what I decided to do. I also decided to do it last week because Sam was gone and I was pretty sure that he would veto the idea of a yellow door. :)
I started by giving the door a good washing. Then pained both the door and the sidelite with a single coat of Kiltz. This probably wasn't totally necessary since the paint I used was a paint and a primer.
Then I started with the yellow paint. I used a semi-gloss exterior paint and a foam brush. After 3 coats it looked like this.
The foam brush was just not covering enough so I switched to using a small foam paint roller, which worked much better. In total, I put on 5 coats of the yellow paint. Then Dad installed the new door handle.
And here it is the "new" front door!
I love it! It makes me smile every time I open it.