Monday, April 16, 2012

So I wanted a purple front door...Reveal

 
And now I'm not so sure! It isn't as dark as the color swatch, and I'm debating whether or not I like it! I don't hate it, but it's not what I envisioned. Part of me is wondering if I was just so used to the black door that the lighter color is just a shocker. I can always repaint it, but I'll wait until Hubba Hubba gets back on land and find out what he thinks.
 
So what do YOU think? Too light? Here is the post that served as my color inspiration.
 
 
How to paint your front door!
 
 I used a liquid deglosser to clean the front door before painting. This preps the surface without the need for sanding (I've actually used it on  my latest piece of furniture!). Of course if your door is previously painted and chipping, you'll likely have to sand it down. Be sure to read the directions and wear your protective gear for safety! Also, tape any surfaces you don't want painted. I'm pretty handy, so I just went carefully around the knobs and peep hole freehand with my brush.
 
I used Valspar's Duramax latex exterior paint. This is awesome because it's a paint and primer in one! I'd say one easy step, but it took 3 coats... The color is called Boysenberry Jam (#4002-4C). I think it looks darker on the swatch than it does on our door. And here she is after coat numero uno. 
 
Sadly for my impatient self, it takes 4 hours between coats. With my doggies I couldn't leave the door open for the entire drying time, so I had to wipe her down before the next coat to make sure nothing had stuck to the door.
 
But in the mean time, I was able to paint my wreath hanger. When I bought it, it was black so it went with the door. Now it's purnurple! The inside part that hangs over the door, I also painted that white to match that side. 
 
 
Then,I painted on the final two coats. For each coat, I used a 1.5 inch angled brush for the panels and a small foam roller for the flat parts to decrease brush strokes. It's not perfect, so I'm debating on wet sanding it. If I do I'll be sure to let y'all know how it turns out.

In the mean time K.C. says "Welcome"!
 
Next up for the front of the house: shutters. A friend thinks I should go with the same purple. I was initially thinking black, or a super dark purple that you aren't sure if it's black or not...that way it would still coordinate. What do you think?
 
 

6 comments:

  1. I don't think the problem is that the color is too light, but perhaps not saturated enough. It is a very muted gray-ish shade of purple which doesn't provide quite enough contrast to your very neutral house color. I think you're on the right track though, and it will look lovely when all is said and done. Sometimes it takes a couple tries to get the right shade. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks for your input! I've already picked up some more swatches, but we're taking our time mulling over the color. I hate to have to keep painting it and keep painting it. Hopefully, whatever color we choose next is 'the one'! Naturally, there'll be another post about it!

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  2. I love it! I think the purple warms up the entire look of the house and makes it more inviting compared to the look with the previous black door!

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    1. Thank you, Carla! I like it more and more as time goes on. :)

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