So, sometimes I do this thing where I have eight million things to do, and I spend time stressing over them, and then I find something else to add to my plate in addition to doing all of those things. Yesterday was one of those days. We had been home from vacation for approximately three seconds when I decided that there was no time like the present to go ahead and paint the front door. Now this is extremely out of character, because I don't usually act on impulse. Ha. I couldn't even type that with a straight face. We all know from this guy and this guy... and oh yeah, THIS GUY, that I happen to be one of the most impulsive people on this planet. And, truth be told, I ended up painting three doors in total yesterday, but I LOVE the way they turned out. It was a project that I have been meaning to tackle for a while, and I have to say that I don't regret it, even though it was cause for a bit of a hectic day.
We have a pretty large front door with flanking windows that happened to constantly look dirty in it's white uniform, so I loved the idea of breaking up the design with a little pop of color. As far as color choice goes, mine was SUPER involved. NOT. I obviously went into my garage and found the most full can of leftover paint that we had, which happened to be a lovely shade of gray. I would tell you exactly what color it was, but I actually don't know. I happen to be a crazy lady that brought this particular paint can back to the lovely gentleman at Sherwin Williams three different times to have it tinted. So, I doubt you could even replicate this color. If you follow me on Instagram, it is the color that is in our dining room that I painted a couple of months back, and now it was going to be the new color of our front door as well.
Now, painting a door may seem like a pretty self-explanatory task, but did you know that there is actually a correct way to paint a door? It was news to me as well, but apparently there is a method to this madness if you are in fact on the painted door train. I'm sure you can find a whole lot of tutorials about how to do it, and to be truly honest, I have no idea why this method works, but it does. If you are a total rebel, you can go ahead and try it another way, and I'm not saying that it won't work out well for you, but that's on you, my friends. So, back to the method.
As you can see, the door can be divided into sections, and for our purposes, I've numbered them. First step: you will want to paint the border of the rectangles. Second, hit the rectangles themselves. Next, you'll want to paint the middle vertical area. The fourth step is to paint the horizontal areas, and finally, paint the outside vertical sections. Seems like it might be confusing, but tape off the hinges and walls and follow my little diagram and you shouldn't have any problems. It's kind of like a real life color-by-number that adds an awesome design to your home.
I loved the addition so much that I actually went on to paint two more doors, and this time, added the trim to the project as well. I love it so much, and think it adds the perfect touch to our little laundry room/mudroom area. The painting of the trim also adds a little something extra, and I am not mad about it. So if you've got a little DIY itch to scratch, this is the perfect resolution! So easy. So quick, and so worth it.