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Painting My Door Yellow and Happy

I finally did it.

For years I have begged my husband to paint my front door. 100 years, he says. Why would you paint it now, he asks. I won’t do it, he assures me. Okay then, I will.
Once I saw a post from the Young House Love bloggers about painting their door yellow (their old house, I think), I was determined to paint mine. I loved yellow. We have a white house with a brick porch and faded blue shutters. When it comes down to it, there isn’t a lot you can do that quickly and inexpensively changes the exterior appearance of your home. Except painting your front door.
These last few summers have been so busy that painting the door was at the bottom of the list. Until I met the folks from Modern Masters at the Haven Conference. I had never heard of their Front Door paint that doesn’t fade and boasts vibrant colors. I was really excited and found several colors that I liked. Then toward the end of the conference they started giving away their paint. By time I visited their booth again, they were down to two colors… a red (aka Motivated) and a yellow (aka Happy). I think it’s pretty clever that they named their paint colors with emotions.
Corey and I both agreed that red was a little boring for our house and we already accented our porch with bright turquoise and orange, so we quickly ruled that color out. It was meant to be. My door was going to be painted Happy, a bright sunny yellow.

Everything about this door and the entryway space is dark. From the exterior the door had no character or personality. I added a yellow wreath this spring in an attempt to brighten the entrance. Color was long over due for this space. And what a difference it makes!

 
Because my door wasn’t primed, it did take 3 coats to cover the dark stained wood. I’m really not crazy about the style of my door. I feel like the vertical windows are dated for the wrong century, but that isn’t a quick or inexpensive fix. Maybe in the future, but I barely convinced my husband to allow me to paint it and he wasn’t about to get a new door. Oh, and he said I could only paint the front. Whatever. One day this winter, he just might come home from work to find the other side painted too… but I can comply for now… {cue evil laugh}
I loved the overall affect this door had on the entryway that I added a new rug (HomeGoods steal for $30) and moved some living room furniture and accessories around. The rug is the only new thing in this space.
Here are a few close up shots of the new decor in this area.

I have an abundance of hydrangeas in my front landscaping, so drying them and using them in my decor is a no brainer.

Corey has been making these beachy, driftwood-style tables recently. I just love their faded hues of blues and the soft colors they add to my space.

When it was all finished, I removed the wreath, shut the door and went on with summer… and then the feedback started pouring in. I’ve received both texts and comments (some from people I don’t know very well) about how fantastic this door looks. It gets attention all by itself. Someone even asked if I had my doors sprayed because the color is so smooth and vibrant… even on this century-old door.

Yes, this new front door makes me very happy – just as the color is aptly named! So much so, that I painted the back door as well.

Our back door is our primary entrance and exit for our family. It has a collect-all mudroom and is also used by our friends and family who visit. This is a more casual entrance so I used my silhouette cameo to create a stencil greeting. This door is newer and made of steel. It had been painted a terra cotta color prior, but only required 2 solid coats of yellow to cover. I need more happy front door paint because I ran out before I could paint the back of this door. Oh well… I think I’ll be checking out Modern Masters paint colors again… I have a side door that needs repainted!

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