A few years later, we did have the house painted. We chose a sage green with off-white trim. I don't recall if it was before or after the house was painted, but around that time I decided to tackle a little DIY project: stripping the paint off the front door. If you've ever stripped paint by hand, you know how arduous a task it is. I must have gotten burned out on the project because I stopped short of stripping the paint around the two windows. See below? How embarrassing -- our front door in all its naked glory!
I've been kidding myself all these years thinking the raw wood with streaky remnants of grey paint is charming. It's not. I do like the color of the wood though, and as much as I'd love to have a new wood Craftsman-style door, I have to admit it's not going to happen any time soon. We'd have to order a custom door (nothing in this old house is standard sizing) and it would be expensive as all get-out. So for now some paint will do nicely.
Over the weekend my husband went to Sherwin-Williams for supplies to refinish the porch floor (more on this in an upcoming post). While he was there, I asked him to pick up some paint colors he'd recommend for the front door. He came back with some options in dark greens, brownish-greens and deep burgundy. They're not quite what I had in mind. I'm envisioning more of a rust or brick red, something warm and welcoming. In these photos are some Benjamin Moore colors I like. The first color in the strip below is called Mexicana, which I'm leaning toward, and the Copper Clay is lovely too.
The color below is Benjamin Moore's Country Redwood. It is much more red, but looks pretty with the house colors.
Aztec Brick is a more orange shade (orange is one of my two favorite colors), but not too much so. It looks better in person than in this photo -- it's difficult to accurately portray these reds and oranges in pictures.
And the three swatches I chose lined up on the front door ...
Below are the current colors of our siding and trim. Go here to see more photos of the front of our house.
Do you have any color preferences for our front door? I'd love to hear your thoughts ... leave a comment if you'd like to weigh in. Thanks for visiting My Little Bungalow.