Partly because I haven't been in the mood to do much around here lately.
Partly because I was having a hard time making up my mind about what to do.
But, I have made a few decisions and once I make a decision, look out. I was done in 24 hours!
It helped that there was a deadline for a paint rebate from Lowe's too.
Our house looked very classy on the outside.
Classy.....but, sort of boring. And, honestly, while I am not exactly "unclassy" or uncouth....I don't really consider myself classy. It didn't really seem like me.
The house is tan, with black shutters and a black front door.
I did not want to deal with painting the shutters, so I started looking around Pinterest for homes that had dark shutters and painted their front door a different color.
I founds lots and lots of that.....so, I started picking out paint chips. I had the kids vote, then vote again, when I changed my mind about which direction I wanted to go.
I was thinking yellow because of this door that is next to D-man's school.
(I have a slightly better, less fuzzy, picture of the house, but, since we totally did the....drive reaaaaaallly slow and stalkerish, by their house and take a picture thingie....D-man got me trying to keep my face out of the shot face...which gave me a reaaaaaaalllly bad double chin.....so, you get the slightly fuzzy version and can keep your sugar coated version of what I look like....which is...... that I have no double chin. Right? Right?)
But, then I started looking at yellow paint chips and A-girl and L-girl reminded me of how much yellow I already have in the new house. Boring. So I started looking at raspberry pinks and oranges. I found some really pretty ones......
(via carolyn morrison on Pinterest)
To be fair, I might have liked the shape of this door and the stone work more than the orange color. (via Hamilton Building)
But, I kept coming back to yellow.....
(via Bob Vila )
It is just so happy and sunny, you know?
I was going to go with yellow.
Until, I saw this.....
Yes, the house is gray, not tan...but the shutters are black...there are brick stairs...and white is there as an accent. I like.
So, are you ready for the result?
I went from this:
Isn't it fun and happy?
I will admit that once I was done, I had a few days where I thought I had made a huge mistake. I drove creepy slow whenever I was coming or going and just stared at my door.....and thought.....oh no....I don't love it.
But, now, after I have lived with it for a week or so.....I love it. It makes me happy. It truly is more of a reflection of what is really happening behind that front door than the classy black was.
It makes me happy from the inside too...
Our neighbor boys, 5 and 3, love it too. More, accurately, the 5 year old said, "Hey, did you paint your door blue? I like it." And, the 3 year old said, "I wuv your blue door!"
I finally made a decision on my hall bathroom and am still working through possible scenarios for my kitchen island. I will show you what I have soon.