Tuesday, June 12, 2012

“Quick” Door Makeover

Friday afternoon, I thought I’d go ahead and repaint our kitchen door and screen door.

Yes, I have other projects I really need to be doing, like baby gifts for my friend, Janis, and finishing the alterations on a wedding dress for my friend, Nicolette.

But those things require thought, and I didn’t feel like thinking, so I figured, I could just repaint this door really quickly and feel accomplished.

Ha. I should know that no project goes quickly.

It all started because Grounder the terrible dog is super afraid of thunder.  I’ve left him outside in the dogs’ fenced-in yard, thinking it’d be nice out, only to have it rain, making him go crazy. Twice now, he’s escaped the fenced-yard, come to the kitchen door, and in a desperate attempt to get inside, pull the screen off our screen door. (Don’t feel bad for him, it was hardly raining or thundering either time!)

This is what it looked like the first time:

Grounder broke the screen door

That was last May. I replaced the screen with pet-tough screening.  But he did it again this May. Maybe it’s something about May.

So I bought the new screen (again) and was getting ready to fix it when I realized now would be a great time to paint, before the new screen go installed.

Our house is a bland beige color, which I can’t wait to change, but that is definitely not a priority project. All the trim is forest green, which I also can’t wait to change, and that is on this summer’s to-do list. My plan is to paint all the forest green window and door trim white.

But I thought the doors could be a fun color!

Normally, I would agonize over this decision. I had been thinking of various shades of light blue and teal. I was thinking what would look good with the house and our future updates to it…but then we were watching “The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe” and Amy closed her bright blue front door, and bam! I decided I wanted TARDIS colored doors.

Let’s just skip to the after pictures, shall we? This door is definitely bright blue (like Amy’s front door if you go check out that episode) and maybe the TARDIS looks like more of a navy color most of the time, but I don’t care. I love this blue door and I’m calling it TARDIS blue.

TARDIS blue door and screen door

Bright TARDIS blue door

I’m so happy that everything is one color now, no more two-toned doors, and that the forest green has been exchanged for white. Of course, now more than ever, I can’t wait till we can change our siding…to a pretty dark gray, maybe?

And actually, for now, I am going to bask in these lovely after photos and I will wait till tomorrow to tell you the harrowing details of this project, including why you shouldn’t paint your exterior doors on 95 degree days.



  1. Love LOVE the blue! beautiful!

    Morgan @ PepperDesignBlog :)

  2. LOVE the blue door! I always love a bright and fun outside door!

    Also, unrelated, I've never seen Dr. Who, but I watch a lot of 'The Late Late Show' with Craig Ferguson and he is obsessed with Dr. Who. He has a mini TARDIS on his desk. And that is the only reason I understood what you mean by TARDIS blue :)

  3. Thanks so much guys! I am happy it turned out well!
    Janis - any reason you understand TARDIS blue is a great reason!! :)


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