Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A Red Front Door

The outside of our home is a combination of brick and siding.  We don't have any shutters so the door and the trim are the pieces that are easily accessible to color changes.  The siding is a beige, the trim is green, and the door is blue.  When we first moved in, I loved the brick but the rest of the house kind of faded into the background.  I knew the exterior could look better with a change of the door color.

The brick has a multitude of colors in it, so I just had to have the right color to make a impact to the exterior.  Since the current blue door was pretty boring I wanted the door to really pop.  Enter the color red.  I've always wanted a red door.

We made a trip to Home Depot.  I didn't realize there were so many shades of red.  I wanted a dark red so that narrowed down a few of my choices.  They had a photo of a green house with a red door posted above the paint swatches.  I loved it on the photo.  With some help from an associate, we found the red used on the photo.  Up close it was sooo not the red I was looking for.  It was way too pink.  We had about five shades narrowed down.  Some too pink, some too bright.  We ended up choosing Cinnamon Cherry by Behr.


I did a quick wipe down of the door to remove the dirt.  I taped off the sides and handles.  No way was I removing those.  I was a little iffy when I first started painting because it was going on really pink.  I applied two coats of paint.  Once dry, I stepped back and.......




Oh yes, this is what I've wanted forever!




See how the red brings out the red tones in the brick.  The blue before was not helping the brick out at all.




 And before... 


I've gone back and added my fall wreath.




So are you feeling the red?  

Also a thanks to Aaron at The Thrifty Abode for sharing my fall wreath on her blog. 


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26 comments:

  1. Looks amazing!! Did you roll it on? Any tips for someone who is wanting to do it? Great job!

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  2. That is a huge change! You picked a great color! I have a party going on over at my blog if you want to join! I'd love to have you! Check it out under the "Stache Party" page on my blog: mylilpumpkinpatch.blogspot.com

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  3. I would love to repaint at least one of our exterior doors. You did a great job!

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  4. That sure has the WOW factor. I love the red door. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

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  5. Looks great!! I wish our HOA allowed such creativity. :)

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  6. The red definitely looks much better! Good choice! and the wreath is a perfect addition!


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  7. Hi Andrea, Don't red doors just make everything pop. I just painted mine red. It was also blue similar to yours. I used Apple-a-Day by Olympia. It went on slightly pink also but dried to a nice deep red. I hope you'll stop by and check out my door transformation also.

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  8. Love, love, *LOVE* the new red on the door! You are right, the red really brings out the rest of the great features of the house...and who doesn't like a fabulously colored door? (c:

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  9. The red is a great change...so inviting!

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  10. You picked the perfect Red!! It looks amazing!

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  11. LOVE this door! Red is my favorite color when it comes to home decor. We painted our dining room a bright, bold red when we moved in a dew years ago and it is definitely the room in the house that has the most character. I really wish our HOA would allow us to choose our own paint color for our front. :-/

    Found you at BRB! Thanks for sharing! :)

    Kim @ Little Rays of Sunshine
    morrowsunshine.blogspot.com

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  12. Your red door looks wonderful!

    I would be delighted for you to link to Potpourri Friday! There is another big giveaway this week!

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  13. It's amazing the difference your new red door makes. Looks wonderful!

    Visiting from The Shabby Creek Cottage. Following you now. :)

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  14. I'm always feeling the red. It has punch, character and a pinch of sass.


    You done real good, kid! :)

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  15. I saw your post over on Savvy Southern Style; and I absolutely love your red door!! It just really pops with your brick. I am a newbie to blogging and your newest follower. I hope you will follow back!

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  16. The red door looks terrific.Amazing how some paint on a door changes the whole thing. Nice home tour also. I look forward to your future updates.

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  17. Your door looks great! The color you chose is perfect!

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  18. This really made a huge difference!
    Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!

    Melanie
    bearrabbitbear.blogspot.com

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  19. LOVE red doors {I might be partial because that's my door color as well}! Thanks for linking up!

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  20. It looks so good! I can't believe the before and after -- it's perfect!

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  21. I love that color red as well its not too dark great choice and I love your touch of fall!

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  22. Hi Andrea, You bet I am feeling it! It looks great, but then I happen to love red doors! Yes, that's what I have, too. Fun post. Thanks!
    Helen

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  23. Nice color choice. Warm and inviting.

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  24. Your red door is amazing!
    Sarah
    www.budgetfriendlydecorating.com

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