We recently celebrated our 5th anniversary in the Curbly House, and along with the pomp and circumstance (I'm kidding; as much as we love our house, we don't celebrate home anniversaries ... but maybe that's my new million dollar idea!), we've been busy doing a series of updates indoors and out. We've refreshed the paint, swapped out artwork, done some light landscaping, and made the house work better for our family.
The front door of the house recently got a little update of its own with a fresh coat of paint. Read on to take a look at our new door!
When we first painted the front door, we chose a soft hue called Halcyon Green SW 6213, that was lovely. But over the course of five years, it has taken a lot of abuse (mostly at the hands of our children) and was beginning to look pretty worn down.
When we learned about this year's Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year, I immediately knew I wanted to try it out on the front door. It's called Oceanside SW 6496, and it's bright, cheery, and BOLD! It immediately called me back to a semester I spent abroad in England during college:
Are those doors charming or what?
So we decided to change things up, and go for a front entry color that would be way more energetic and eye-catching than its predecessor.
We started by taking the door off its hinges. Sure, you can paint a door standing up, but I wouldn't recommend it. It's much easier to get it horizontal so that the paint won't drip. Then, Bruno removed all the door hardware. Trust me, it's much easier to spend ten minutes unscrewing the handle and lock, that it is to try delicately painting around that stuff.
After that, we washed the grime off, and lightly sanded the old finish to give the new paint a good surface to adhere to.
When painting doors, it's really important to take time and do it carefully, but also move fast to avoid streaks or brush strokes drying in place. You want to always go with the grain of the wood, which means you'll have to change directions at the panels, rails and stiles. For more great tips on painting a door, check out this article from Family Handyman.
After a few coats of paint, the door was done! Check out how great it looks!
The door has a cheery glow about it and has already proved to be resistant to the filthy paws of our children.
Tell us what you think of our door's bold, new look in the comments below. If you'd like additional inspiration for styling a room featured on Oceanside SW 6496, you can enlist some help from West Elm's knowledgeable design crew to help select furniture, home accessories and more.
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