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When you opened the (broken) storm door, it looked like this:
The storm door removal is still a project for another day, but I couldn’t wait to get a new color on the door. That old paint was grody, guys. Originally, I planned to use Behr’s Dark as Night as recommended by the Behr Colorsmart online tool (it’s was a suggested accent color with the Rustic Cream trim and Basketry colors I’d already painted the house with), but when looking at the combo in the store, the color just seemed a little too light and dull.
I wanted something dark and dramatic. Moody, even. Dark as Night is a great name, but not a great color. But it’s cousin (and right next to it, color swatch wise), Night Shade, seemed like the right fit.
It was a color gamble (and those don’t usually work out for me, but I do them anyway), but I figured that anything would be better than having to look at this all the time:
After a thorough cleaning and some prep work with my favorite deglosser (love not having to sand!),
I got to work. I used a brush in the nooks and crannies I knew I couldn’t reach otherwise, then went over the entire surface with a foam roller for the smoothest finish. Here she is with the first coat (yikes), but it’s not staying that way for long!
I did three more coats. The last one probably wasn’t necessary, but I wanted to make sure everything was covered (and the changing light throughout the day can point you to places that aren’t as evenly covered). In case you’re wondering, I chose a semi-gloss exterior latex. The sheen will help with durability and make cleaning easier.
I started painting in the morning in the hopes of being able to close the door by the time I went to bed. Just to be on the safe side while it was still drying, I draped a sheet of wax paper over the top (where I thought the biggest problem with sticking might take place). To keep things simple, I also protected the door knob and deadbolt with tape and aluminum foil so that I didn’t have to try to reattach them while the paint was still drying.
So here she is. She doesn’t pop like the red did, but I like it against the creamy white and medium tan color (which kind of reminds me of cookies). The navy, tan and creamy white color combo is classic, and when I install shutters, the navy will look even better.
What do you think? Stay tuned for more updates like the knocker paint-over, new house numbers, and a pretty fall wreath to dress up the door even more. And that’s not even all of the stoop makeover – there’s still more to come (like freshening up that decorative stone work on the side of the door).
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